Corydon and the Island of Monsters

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Simon & Schuster, 2005 - Children's stories - 377 pages
Corydon is thrown out of his village for being born with a goat's leg. Captured by pirates and put into a freak show with other monsters, he finds out he is the secret son of Pan. He meets Medusa the gorgon, the Minotaur, the Sphinx and many other mythical creatures and, with the aid of a magical staff, manages to free them and lead their escape into the mountains. But Zeus, king of the classical gods, is alerted to their escape and forces his son, Perseus, to raise an army of heroes to pursue and kill them. When Medusa's baby son is stolen from her by Perseus, the battle becomes personal. Now not only do they face a devastating army, but they must also rescue the baby gorgon. But first Corydon must travel deep into the Underworld to uncover the secrets of the staff...

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Writing under a pseudonym, a mother-and-son team sets out to view the ancient Greek mythological landscape from a reverse angle in this captivating trilogy opener. The Olympians have been on top for a ... Read full review

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This new take on the story of Perseus and Medusa paints a very sympathetic picture of Medusa, who is not a monster at all, and makes Perseus out to be a shallow, glory-seeking non-hero. Corydon, the main character, is very memorable and very likeable. Read full review


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Tobias Druitt is a pen name for the mother-and-son writing team of Diane Purkiss and Michael Dowling. Purkiss is on the faculty of Oxford University, and Dowling attends the prestigious Dragon School. They live in Oxford, England.

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