FICTION

Titans

S. & S./Aladdin. Jul. 2019. 496p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534417045.
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Gr 5-8–Astraea is a Titan teen whose best friend is Zephyr, a cloned granddaughter of Pegasus. It has been 15 years since Olympus was destroyed. To encourage friendship between the Titans and Olympians now living in the same world, all children are sent to the same school. Astraea is reluctant to attend, and tension runs high among the students. As Astraea meets Tryn from Xanadu, weird things happen on Titus, like the arrival of Earthlings and a change in the adult leaders, who seem to be possessed. Banding together with a boy from Earth named Jake and a herd of belligerent centaurs, the kids try to find out what secrets lie in the rooms under the school and save Titus in the process. Though the kids all have special powers, they also have regular teenage problems, and O’Hearn uses humor to lighten the mood. The teens’ endeavors to understand those from different worlds may inspire readers to do the same here on Earth.
VERDICT Fans of Rick Riordan’s series will be taken with these characters who learn to be heroes in order to rescue those they love

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