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About Joan Holub
Joan is a NY Times bestselling children's author, with books starring goddessgirls, poodles, a superhero zero, and even a red pencil, in stories about friendship, girl-power, mythology, and other universally important stuff:
• I AM THE SHARK, a picture book with heart, facts, & humor
• GODDESS GIRLS series - a middle school spin on Greek Mythology, co-author Suzanne Williams
• THIS LITTLE TRAILBLAZER; THIS LITTLE ARTIST; THIS LITTLE DREAMER; THIS LITTLE PRESIDENT & more -- a fun NF board book series
• ZERO THE HERO - a picture book illus by NYTimes bestselling Tom Lichtenheld
• MIGHTY DADS, a picture book illus by James Dean
• MIGHTY MOMS, a board book illus by Joyce Wan
• LITTLE GODDESS GIRLS early chapter bk series (ages 5-7)
• THUNDER GIRLS a middle school spin on Norse mythology
• BALLET STARS
• WHO WAS BABE RUTH? / WHAT IS THE STATUE OF LIBERTY?
• LITTLE RED WRITING, a picture book, 3 starred reviews + 4 notable lists
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The Underworld usually isn’t really meant to be a fun place—but tell that to Hades! He loves the dark and the stinky smell of sulfur. However, there is one thing that Hades is not a fan of: dogs. And when Zeus and his fellow Olympians encounter Cerberus—a snarling, three-headed dog—Hades must conquer his fears and tame the hound so everyone can continue into the Underworld and deposit their Titan prisoner, Oceanus, back where he belongs!
But with magical water that causes forgetfulness, hot beds of lava, and another epic battle with two more Titans standing in their way, will Zeus and his heroes make it out of the Underworld with everyone intact?
Eleven-year-old Clotho is always linked with her two big sisters. Together, they are all the Three Fates, with abilities to predict events in mortals’ lives. There are a few rules that the all-powerful Zeus has decreed for them, including a strict no-mingling with mortals policy.
After Clotho discovers letterscrolls from unhappy mortals who don’t love their fates, she wishes there was a way to try and earn their respect. During a secret trip to the Immortal Marketplace—where there is always a chance to run into mortals, too!—Clotho finds herself in over her head as she gets swept up in a competition to celebrate the opening a new store. A competition where her identity as a fate could be revealed at any moment!
If that weren’t enough, Clotho must face up to an old mistake she made several years ago that broke one of Zeus’s other rules: Never interrupt the telling of a fate. It could mess up a mortal’s whole life!
Can Clotho manage to untangle the mess she has made while finding a way to bring the mortals and the Fates together?
The merciless Cronus and his Titan buddies are in hot pursuit of Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon, who plan to travel across the treacherous boiling sea in order to save a fellow Olympian. They have a boat, but they also have a problem: Poseidon can’t swim and is terrified of the water (well, really of the creatures that lurk in its depths). The group faces danger after danger as they battle singing sirens, a fishy and ferocious Titan named Oceanus, and people-eating monsters sent by Cronus himself. Can Poseidon overcome his fears and help his fellow heroes escape Cronus and his cronies?
Field trip today—to the apple farm! Count 20 name tags, 19 kids on the bus, and 18 miles to the farm. There are 14 cows and 13 ducks (10 white and 3 black) and 12 rows of apple trees. Count the apples in your sack, count 3 pies to eat (divided into 20 pieces), and all too soon it's 2 p.m., time to go! But wait—Lee has a number 1 surprise. Joan Holub's creative countdown, from 20 to 1, includes grouping and simple addition. Her multicultural students enjoy all that the apple farm has to offer, from counting the cows and ducks to picking different varieties of apples. The inside cover of this cheerful book is filled with apple facts.
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.
Jason and Princess Medea are on a quest for the golden fleece, a symbol of kingship, that’s hanging from a limb of the great oak tree. But a huge sleeping serpent guards the fleece—and is the one (scary!) barrier for Jason and Medea. With the help of a special sleeping potion Medea creates, can Medea and Jason work their magic and take what is rightfully theirs?
Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. That's what all the other numbers think of Zero. He doesn't add anything in addition. He's of no use in division. And don't even ask what he does in multiplication. (Hint: Poof!) But Zero knows he's worth a lot, and when the other numbers get into trouble, he swoops in to prove that his talents are innumerable.
Step 2 Readers use basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories. For children who recognize familiar words and can sound out new words with help.
Hero-ology. To raise her grade, she concocts a brilliant plan--an
extra-credit project for matchmaking mortals. This brings her
face-to-face with fierce competition--an Egyptian goddessgirl named
Isis. Now the race is on to see which of them can matchmake
Pygmalion--the most annoying boy ever! Will Aphrodite wind up making a
passing grade after all? Or will she end up proving she's a diva with
more beauty than brains?
These classic myths from the Greek pantheon are given a
modern twist that contemporary tweens can relate to, from dealing with
bullies like Medusa to a first crush on an unlikely boy. Goddess Girls
follows four goddesses-in-training - Athena, Persephone, Aphrodite, and
Artemis - as they navigate the ins and outs of divine social life at
Mount Olympus Academy, where the most priviledged gods and goddesses of
the Greek pantheon hone their mythical skills.