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Medusa Jones

Written & Illustrated by Ross Collins

It's Freaks vs. Heroes in a hilarious take on ancient times.

Ever had a bad hair day? How about a bad hair life?

Meet Medusa, Medusa Jones.

All right, so her best friend is half horse. So her puppy has three heads. Is it anybody's business that she has snakes for hair?

Why won't the other kids just treat her like the normal little girl she is?

And why won't her parents let her turn the bullies to stone?

Meet Medusa Jones. She's just like you. (Almost.)

Reviews and Awards

⋆ "In the same family as this season's Pandora Gets Jealous (Reviews, Jan. 21) but for a younger audience, this witty romp through Greek mythology pictures Medusa in childhood, persecuted by the popular crowd - Theseus, Perseus and “gorgeous but pessimistic” Cassandra. The self-styled Champions torment “freaks” like Medusa, who has snakes instead of hair, and her friends Chiron the centaur and the bullish Minotaur, whose dad got carried away adding on to the house, which is now so complicated that Mino can go for days without finding his parents. Medusa has the family ability to turn her enemies into stone, but her sensible parents won't let her: “You have to work out other ways of dealing with people who get on your nerves,” they counsel in characteristically contemporary language. In his first novel, Collins (Alvie Eats Soup) extends the joke with plenty of brio. Medusa doesn't like to read, because “her headsnakes had a habit of turning the pages back when one of them had missed an important plot point”; Medea appears as a nasty teacher; and the three-headed dog, Cerberus, plays a vital role as Medusa's pet—but readers don't need to know the myths to enjoy the rousing plot. Imaginatively laid out pages that incorporate energetic b&w illustrations of varying size welcome readers." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The unexpected, creative mix of classical mythology references and contemporary middle-school dialogue will keep young people chortling. Reluctant readers will enjoy the sophisticated humor, widely spaced text, and appealing cartoon-style illustrations. Young readers will find it hard to resist a book whose opening line is “PLEEEAASE can I turn them to stone?” Medusa begged.’” - Booklist

“A fast-paced and funny middle-school drama about popularity and teasing with a mythological twist.... Lively and engaging illustrations complement this lighthearted look at being different and treating others not as they have treated you, but as you would you like to be treated.” - Kirkus Reviews

"The story is engaging, and Medusa is a sympathetic character....Offer Medusa Jones to mythology fans who aren’t quite ready for Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” series." - School Library Journal 

Purchase Options
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Spring 2008
Illustrated Novel
ISBN: 0-439-90100-6
Price: $16.99 / $20.99 Can
Trim Size: 6" x 7 1/2"
Page Count: 144
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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