Goddess of Yesterday

Front Cover
Random House Children's Books, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 263 pages
74 Reviews
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.

From the Hardcover edition.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

The plot and characters were intriguing. - Goodreads
i'll give it two stars for the EPIC cover art. - Goodreads
Author really did their research on this one. - Goodreads

Review: Goddess of Yesterday

User Review  - Carly - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book as a kid. It's a great introduction to the Trojan War for the young adult crowd. Unfortunately, the ending is extremely open-ended and it doesn't seem as though Cooney ever wrote a sequel. Read full review

Review: Goddess of Yesterday

User Review  - Ally - Goodreads

Great retelling of the Tale of Troy. Great story mixing fact, myth, and fiction. One thing you MUST READ is the Afterword explaining the story as Homer wrote it, how the characters ended up after the ... Read full review

Selected pages


Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5
Section 6
Section 7
Section 8
Section 9
Section 10
Section 11

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of The Face on the Milk Carton (an IRA–CBC Children's Choice) and its companions Whatever Happened to Janie? (an ALA Best Book for Young Adults), The Voice on the Radio (an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists), and What Janie Found. Her other novels include The Ransom of Mercy Carter, What Child Is This?, Burning Up, and Drivers Ed.

From the Hardcover edition.

Bibliographic information