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Heroes in Training #1: Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
Heroes in Training Series Book #1 of 16
Authors: Joan Holub, Suzanne Williams
Illustrator: Craig Phillips

Book Info

Published on August 7, 2012
Age Group: 6 - 9 years
Reading Level: AR: 3.8 (2.0 Points, Quiz #153200)
GLE: 4
DRA: 40
Lexile® measure: 570L

When ten-year-old Zeus is kidnapped, he discovers he can defend himself with a magical thunderbolt.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
Flash! Lightning zigzagged down from the sky.

Crack! It struck a hundred-year-old oak tree and split it in half. A tremendous clap of thunder boomed overhead.

"Yikes!" shouted ten-year-old Zeus. He dropped the wooden sword he'd been practicing with. Leaping out of the way of the falling tree trunk, he took off running. He had a feeling the next bolt would be aimed at him. Why? Because he'd been struck by lightning dozens of times already in his short life.

A wild wind whipped through his dark hair as he raced for safety. With his heart beating faster than a hummingbird's wings, Zeus dove through the entrance of a cave. A new lightning bolt struck the dirt just outside it, barely missing his foot.

Publisher Description:
After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series!

The terrible Titans - merciless giants who enjoy snacking on humans - have dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe....

Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up.

Zeus gets his wish - and a lot more than he bargained for - when he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, Zeus grabs the first thing he sees - an actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetime - and a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.

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ISBN-13: 9781442457874
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