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My almost 12yo has devoured the Percy Jackson series and can't wait for the 5th book to come out next month. We'll even be going to the release of this last book down in Austin. He is now very interested in Greek mythology and asked to get more books on it. We have and have read several books on Greek mythology, like D'Aulaires and Usborne's Greek Myths, but he wants something "meatier".

Can anyone recommend a book or other book series like Percy Jackson for kids around 12yo?

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Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series

So far there are just two books, Alchemyst and Magician. The 3rd book, Sorceress, is coming out next month.


A fun series he might enjoy is Myth-o-mania. This is a very light-hearted spoof series. They can be read in any order.

Phone Home Persephone

Stop that Bull Theseus

Have a Hot Time Hades


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I'll second these recommendations and add Padraic Colum's The Golden Fleece. My ds11 loved it!


I was happy to read this recommendation because we have this book, ds got about halfway through it today.


He was also excited to hear about the new Percy Jackson book, we'll have to get it when it comes out.

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I forgot about The Companions Quartet. This series is actually complete. It isn't quite mythology, but it's fun. In this series, there's a group whose job is to protect mythological creatures. They actually started the myth that the creatures weren't real to save them. If people didn't believe dragons were real, they wouldn't kill them so they could go around bragging about it.


Eric Flint's Pyramid Scheme and Pyramid Power are both very good, but you'll want to pre-read. These are written for adults, but I would be okay with my 13yo and 16yo reading them. In these books, an alien ship has landed and is making people vanish. These people usually reappear dead several hours later, but it's clear that they've been gone for much longer than that. One of the people who returns lives for several hours. From him they learn that the missing people are sent to the mythworld. It's a great series. I don't know when the next book will be published though.

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Jane Yolen wrote a series called Young Heroes. We read a little bit into the one about Odysseus. In the book, he's about twelve, friends with Penelope, and they're exploring and have kid-like adventures, only of course you can see their future greatness peeking through. As far as I know there's only four --


Odysseus in the Serpent Maze

Atalanta and the Arcadian Beast

Jason and the Gorgon's Blood

Hippolyta and the Curse of the Amazons


Then there's Donna Jo Napoli's The Great God Pan, and Stephanie Spinner's Quicksilver and Spinner. Preview these. They have romance, nothing too risque or heavy, but I think a typical pre-pubescent boy would be, "Ew! Pan wants to kiss her?!" At 12, your son could go either way, I guess.


I found this whole list on Amazon while I was looking to be sure I had Stephanie Spinner's name right.


Nathaniel Hawthorne's Tanglewood Tales and A Wonder-Book might be interesting takes on the myths for him.


Definitely put Rosemary Sutcliff's retellings of the Iliad & the Odyssey on the list. They are beautifully written and retain much of the symbolism and word play of a translation. These are titled Black Ships Before Troy & The Wanderings of Odysseus. I vastly prefer the beautiful hardcover editions illustrated by Alan Lee.


Charles Kingsley wrote The Heroes, a book for children. That might be worth seeking out used, though I don't tend to enjoy his syntax or his take on the tales. YMMV. I prefer Padraic Colum's The Golden Fleece for this myth cycle.


Do you think he might enjoy poems about the gods? I love, love, love The Hymns of Orpheus and the Mutations (so called because they're not directly, literally translated) by RC Hogart are amazing, worth tracking down used. My children enjoy them. Here's an example.



Your hammer and pincers

master every art.

Molten bronze and gold

flow from your workshop.


Volcanoes, lava,

flame from Earth,

pure clear light

of the shining sun,


that is all

we see of you.

You are the heart

and strength of fire.


The ISBN on that one is 1933999410, in case you want to look it up used. I believe it is OOP.

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Now that he's got his mythology down he's ready for a junior version of the Iliad and then the real thing. :) My ds, 12, loves it. I highly recommend Plaid Dad's book study of the Iliad. I can't put my hands on it now but pm me or him if you are interested.

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Thank you so much for starting this thread. My 9 year old is obsessed with Greek Mythology right now, but he's not interested yet in the actual myths. He started with Myth-o-Mania, now we're listening to the Percy Jackson series. He read one book from the library he enjoyed, Medusa Jones by Ross Collins.

Now I have a few more to check out of the library for him.

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