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Thinking back, Owen Brown recalls signs that the day was not normal, long before the floor opened up, swallowing his best friend, Dana. Owen and two new friends soon find themselves on a quest to save Dana from Hades and thwart Loki's efforts to start a war in the Underworlds. With advice from the Valkyries (disguised as lunch ladies), Owen finds the lyre of Orpheus, which quickly dispels all danger. But although Owen's innate ability to play the lyre stretches credulity, nonstop action with a dash of humor is the focus of the book, not careful logic and nuance. The series mixes Greek, Norse, Babylonian, and Egyptian mythologies and contains plenty of illustrations and a glossary to help struggling readers (though it lacks pronunciation guides). Written as a beginning chapter book, but with fourth-grade protagonists, it will appeal to both younger and older readers. The slim volume ends with a two-page introduction to the Underworlds series' next book, which promises equal thrills and fast pacing.--Harold, Suzanne Copyright 2010 Booklist


Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

Thinking back, Owen Brown recalls signs that the day was not normal, long before the floor opened up, swallowing his best friend, Dana. Owen and two new friends soon find themselves on a quest to save Dana from Hades and thwart Loki's efforts to start a war in the Underworlds. With advice from the Valkyries (disguised as lunch ladies), Owen finds the lyre of Orpheus, which quickly dispels all danger. But although Owen's innate ability to play the lyre stretches credulity, nonstop action with a dash of humor is the focus of the book, not careful logic and nuance. The series mixes Greek, Norse, Babylonian, and Egyptian mythologies and contains plenty of illustrations and a glossary to help struggling readers (though it lacks pronunciation guides). Written as a beginning chapter book, but with fourth-grade protagonists, it will appeal to both younger and older readers. The slim volume ends with a two-page introduction to the Underworlds series' next book, which promises equal thrills and fast pacing.--Harold, Suzanne Copyright 2010 Booklist