King of Ithaka

Tracy Barrett

Henry Holt and Co.

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Telemachos has a comfortable life on his small island of Ithaka, where his mother Penelopeia keeps the peace even though the land has been without its king, his father Odysseus, since the Trojan War began many years ago.

 

But now the people are demanding a new king, unless Telemachos can find Odysseus and bring him home. With only a mysterious prophecy to guide him, Telemachos sets off over sea and desert in search of the father he has never known.

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CHAPTER 1
Brax snorted and stamped, his bony knee grazing my ear. I sat back on my heels and pushed the damp hair off my forehead. “Hold still,” I said. “How do you expect me to do this if you kick my head in?”
“Sorry,” Brax said. I could tell that the thorn in his belly was more annoying than painful, but centaurs are not known for their patience. It must be the horse half of their nature that makes them impatient—and always hungry—and until I removed the thorn, Brax would be irritable and my skull would be at risk.

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School Library Journal, Best Children’s Books of 2010

“This is a strong retelling with definite YA appeal, particularly in Telemachos’s final triumph, where he takes the chariot reins of his life in his own hands.”--School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“Readers without prior knowledge of the Homeric epics can fully enjoy this as a rousing adventure, but those who are already acquainted with Odysseus’ tale will appreciate Barrett’s audacious take on the arrogant hero and his milquetoast son.” --BCCB

“Telemachos’ first-person narration allows readers to experience the complexity of his character as the prince matures and evolves into a leader that would make any parent proud.”--Booklist

“Readers are sure to enjoy a fast-paced story and action-packed journey in this tale of Telemachos, only son of Odysseus…What a great complement for readers of The Odyssey!”--Library Media Connection

“With its focus on Telemachos's determination and growth, Barrett's tale should be an enjoyable and accessible primer for readers who've not yet read the original.” --Publishers Weekly

A rousing introduction to epic characters and mythic creatures of ancient Greece from the fresh perspective of an engaging young hero.” --Kirkus Reviews


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KING OF ITHAKA by Tracy Barrett | Kirkus Book Reviews
Read the Kirkus Review of KING OF ITHAKA . In this hero's quest drawn from Homer's Odyssey, Telemachos, only child of Odysseus, King of Ithaka, has waited 16 years for his wandering father to return from the Trojan wars while his dutiful mother, Penelopeia, fends off would-be suitors.
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Children's Review: King of Ithaka by Tracy Barrett, Holt, $16.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8969-1
Building on the events of Homer's Odyssey from the point of view of Telemachos, the 16-year-old son of the absent king Odysseus, Barrett (the Sherlock Files series) crafts a coming-of-age novel full o
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Tracy Barrett

Tracy Barrett is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including the Sherlock Files books, Cold in Summer, and Anne of Byzantium. Her books have been named an ALA Best Book for young adults, a Bank Street best children’s book of the year, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, among many other honors. She is a professor of Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

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King of Ithaka
Tracy Barrett

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Hardcover

Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2010
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780805089691
ISBN10: 0805089691
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 830LL

$16.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
March 2014
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312551483
ISBN10: 0312551487
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 272 pages, Plus one map
Age Range: 12 to 18
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 830LL

$9.99

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Henry Holt and Co.
September 2010
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429947695
ISBN10: 1429947691
Young Adult Fiction272 pages
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Range: 7 and up Information for Librarians

Information for Librarians


Lexile: 830LL

$7.12
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