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Troy High by Shana Norris

Title: Troy High

Author: Shana Norris

Publisher: Amulet Books      Year: 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0810996656

Genre: Fiction

Age: 12 and up

Themes / Subjects: high school, relationships, social situations, family life, rivalry

Plot Summary:

Troy High follows the story of two high schools, Troy High, the Trojans, and Lacede High, home of the Spartans, as they declare war on a modern day battlefield…the football field. Due to district re-zoning some of the Spartans will now have to attend Troy, including the most beautiful head cheerleader, Elena Argos. An all-out war erupts between the schools when Elena dumps the Spartan star football player Lucas Mennon for the Trojan football star Perry Prince. Cassie, Perry’s younger sister and outcast, is thrust into the middle of the conflict, of which she doesn’t care about and wishes people would just grow up and forget the rivalry. However, she herself must make a difficult choice; remain loyal to her family and school or give in to a forbidden crush.

My Take:

An excellent retelling of Homer’s Illiad with a modern twist! I am a huge fan of Greek mythology and an even bigger fan of the story of the Trojan/Spartan War. I loved that Shana Norris used typical high school rivalry for her setting because it made the story more relatable. Who hasn’t heard of or been a part of high school pranks? A lot of my middle schoolers have older siblings and I hear them talking about the stunts pulled at the high schools daily. What makes Troy High such an enjoyable read is that the pranks that are pulled are harmless and funny so you don’t have to worry about your child getting any wild ideas. I’ve almost come to expect stories regarding high school to have mention of drugs or sex or some profanity but this is truly a “clean” book. I think the most “action” we read about is Perry and Elena kissing. For some reason as I was reading I kept thinking about the movie Troy with Brad Pitt …hmm…but I digress. The love story will captivate the girls, the football war is something for the boys, and band geeks and nerds everywhere will feel a special connection with Cassie.

Rating: 5/5 stars … Suitable for all ages of tweens and teens and a great way to introduce kids to Greek Mythology

Similar read: Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan – another great book with references to Greek mythology.

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