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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 038573865X
ISBN-13: 9780385738651
Sku: 210667078
Publish Date: 5/12/2009
Pages:  263
Age Range:  15 to 19
 
Left as the sole survivor of the island where she was once a playmate for a princess, Anaxandra takes on the role as Princess Callisto herself when found by Menelaus and taken to his kingdom of Sparta and his wife, Helen. *Author: Cooney, Caroline B. *Publication Date: 2009/05/12 *Number of Pages: 263 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 7-9 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.75
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Anaxandra is taken from her birth island at age 6 by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter, Princess Callisto. Six years later, her new island is sacked by pirates and she is the sole survivor. Alone with only her Medusa figurine, she reinvents herself as Princess Callisto when Menelaus, great king of Sparta, lands with his men. He takes her back to Sparta with him where Helen, his beautiful wife, does not believe that the red-headed child is Princess Callisto. Although fearful of the half-mortal, half-goddess Helen, Anaxandra is able to stay out of harm’s way—until the Trojan princes Paris and Aeneas arrive. Paris and Helen’s fascination with each other soon turns to passion and plunges Sparta and Troy into war. Can Anaxandra find the courage to reinvent herself once again, appease the gods, and save herself?

In Caroline B. Cooney’s epic tale of one girl’s courage and will to survive, Anaxandra learns that home is where you make it and identity goes deeper than just your name.


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A brave, resourceful 12-year-old girl named Anaxandra is the focus of this vivid re-invention of the gripping tale of Helen of Troy. Kidnapped at the age of six by King Nicander and taken to a tiny island far from home, Anaxandra is the lone person left alive years later, after a pirate attack. At Medusa's bidding, she impersonates his daughter, Princess Callisto, when King Menelaus discovers her and brings her to Sparta. There, Anaxandra finds herself in the company of Helen, and enters into the chaotic arena that is the Trojan War.
Author Bio
Caroline B. Cooney
Caroline Cooney remembers her sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Albert, with fondness. He was the teacher who always assigned short-story writing at the end of class, and Caroline was the student who wrote and wrote and wrote! She decided to become a writer when she discovered story writing in Mr. Albert's class. Caroline was born in 1947 in Geneva, New York, but spent most of her childhood and teenage years in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She loved to read anything she could get her hands on, but her favorite characters were in the HARDY BOYS and CHERRY AMES books. In fact, CHERRY AMES was Caroline's reason to go to nursing school later on in life; the characters had a life-altering effect upon her. After she graduated from Greenwich High School in 1965, Caroline went on to college--actually, she attended four colleges and "faded fast at all of them." She began writing more and more, and by the time she was about 30 years old, she had written 10 unpublished novels! She never gave up her dream, even though at times it was very difficult because she kept receiving rejection letters. But finally, after all of the "no" letters, her first novel, SAFE AS THE GRAVE, was published. She wrote the entire book in longhand. After that she used a typewriter, and now she uses a computer to write her books because it's so much easier--it's become her "best friend!" Caroline's books have been a hit with young audiences everywhere. They have received lavish praise and awards, including the ALA Best Book for Young Adults, ALA Quick-Pick for Young Adults, Booklist Editors' Choice, ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age. She feels very honored when she visits schools and meets readers and teachers. Her best advice to kids who want to write is that they should read and write whenever and wherever they can, because it takes a lot of practice to get good at it! When Caroline finds time for a break, one of her favorite hobbies is going to bookstores and buying lots of books--she loves to read and see what's new in the book world. She also sings in several choirs and plays the piano for them, too. A fun fact: she uses her children--Louisa, Sayre, and Harold--in all of her books!

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Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Strong characterizations help make the action plausible and the plot cohesive, with Anaxandra herself intelligent and stubborn, only partially resigned to the fate the gods have ordained for her....Fast-paced and smoothly written, this is one book to put at the top of your summer reading list." - Janice M. Del Negro July/August 2002

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   11
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0263
Product attributePublisher:   Delacorte Press
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