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National Geographic Children's Books, Fall 2019

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    9781426335488 Hardback, Library binding, , $29.9 CAD 9781426335495 Electronic book text, EPUB
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    Distributor: Random House, Inc. Availability: On Sale Date: Oct 22, 2019 Carton Quantity: 44 $17.99 CAD
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Zeus the Mighty: The Quest for the Golden Fleas (Book 1)
By (author): Crispin Boyer
9781426335471 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 8 - 12, Grade (US) from 3 - 7 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc. Oct 22, 2019
$17.99 CAD
Active 5.81 x 8.56 x 0.71 in 192 pages National Geographic Children's Books Under the Stars
Greek mythology meets cute talking animals in this first adventure in a hilarious new middle grade fiction series, starring Zeus the mighty…king of the gods…ruler of minions…HAMSTER, and the crazy crew of critters of the Mount Olympus Pet Center.

Welcome to the Mount Olympus Pet Center, which sits high on a hill in Athens…Georgia. The owner, Artie, has a soft spot for animals that need a forever home, and she has rescued a menagerie of creatures, each named after a powerful god or goddess. But these animals aren’t just pets with cool names…

Meet Zeus, a tiny hamster with a mighty appetite for power. His cage sits atop a high shelf so he can watch the other pets from above. But being king of the gods is a tough job: You’ve got to issue orders and decrees, make sure to stay in tip-top shape by running on your exercise wheel, and most importantly, lead your minions on epic journeys. And Zeus the Mighty has one giant task in front of him: Find the “Golden Fleas” and solidify his position before the other gods rebel.

Get ready to laugh, cheer, and learn with this adorable and quirky cast of characters in their unforgettable first adventure—a reimagining of the tale of the Golden Fleece.

Story Locale: Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.

Series Overview: By day, the pets at Mount Olympus Pet Center do what pets do: Chew on a bone, a beat-up ball, or a roll of toilet paper. But every night, the animals reveal their secret side. This new and hilarious take on Greek mythology combines the storytelling of classic Greek mythology with LOL hijinks to keep kids of all ages reading and laughing. Each title will offer an interpretation of one classic myth. Rollout is two per season (fall and spring).

NEW FICTION SERIES from the National Geographic Kids Under the Stars imprint, which combines the power of AWESOME STORYTELLING with REAL INFORMATION about animals and culture.

POPULAR TOPICS of ANIMALS, HUMOR, and GREEK MYTHOLOGY all in one awesome package that’s sure to be a hit.

FACT + FICTION pleases parents and delights kids.

DEBUT NOVEL from veteran Nat Geo Kids author Crispin Boyer, whose laugh-out-loud humor and love for animals work together to bring each character to life.



CRISPIN BOYER lives in Xcalak, a small fishing village in Mexico, where he writes about history, wildlife, and technology. He and his wife live with their flock of hens, a turkey, two roosters, and a guard goose.

His 2013 cover story for National Geographic Kids magazine, Return of the Missing Lynx, won an Eddie Award for Best Single Article, Youth/Teen. The American Library Association chose his book This or That? as one of 2015’s top picks for reluctant young-adult readers.

Author Residence: Los Angeles, California

Author Hometown: St. Petersburg, Florida

ANDY ELKERTON began his lifelong dream of becoming an illustrator after spending 15 years working as a graphic designer for video games. Since then he has created art for magazines, television shows, toy design, advertising, and several children's books including a New York Times and a Barnes and Noble bestseller. He's even been an answer for a question on Jeopardy! He currently lives in a small village on the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, with his wife, three children, two cats, and a dog.

Illustrator Residence: Taynuilt, Scotland, United Kingdom

Illustrator Hometown: Oban, Scotland, United Kingdom


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“This book will be a hit with fans of mythology…Readers will appreciate the overlay of this mythological world atop the real-life operations of a pet rescue center and how Boyer manages to fit all the plot pieces together perfectly. Great characters, action, adventure, and lots of humor will make this title a popular read in elementary libraries.” —School Library Connection

"A center for rescued pets becomes the stage for adventures of literally mythical import in this series opener … lots of comical byplay…A treat for proto–Percy Jackson fans.”  Kirkus Reviews


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