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Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
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Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
Heroes in Training Series, Book 1
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After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series!

The terrible Titansmerciless giants who enjoy snacking on humanshave dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe....
Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up.
Zeus gets his wishand a lot more than he bargained forwhen he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, Zeus grabs the first thing he seesan actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetimeand a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.

After pulling a magical thunderbolt from a stone, ten-year-old Zeus goes on the adventure of a lifetime in this thrilling start to a brand-new series!

The terrible Titansmerciless giants who enjoy snacking on humanshave dominated the earth and put the world into chaos. But their rule is about to be put to the test as a group of young Olympians discover their powers and prepare to righteously rule the universe....
Ten-year-old Zeus is mystified (and super-annoyed) by the fact that he keeps getting hit by lightening. Every. Single. Year. He also longs for adventure, as he has never been far from the cave where he grew up.
Zeus gets his wishand a lot more than he bargained forwhen he is kidnapped by dangerous, giant Titans! In self-defense, Zeus grabs the first thing he seesan actual thunderbolt he pulls from a stone that is covered in mysterious markings. Zeus is the only one who can decipher the markings, and sets off on a quest to rescue his fellow Olympians from the evil Cronus. Armed with his trusty thunderbolt (named Bolt, of course), Zeus is on an adventure of a lifetimeand a journey to fulfill his destiny as King of the Gods.

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    CHAPTER ONE

    Ten Years Later

    FLASH! LIGHTNING ZIGZAGGED DOWN from the sky.

    Crack! It struck a hundred-year-old oak tree and split it in half. A tremendous clap of thunder boomed overhead.

    "Yikes!" shouted ten-year-old Zeus. He dropped the wooden sword he'd been practicing with. Leaping out of the way of the falling tree trunk, he took off running. He had a feeling the next bolt would be aimed at him. Why? Because he'd been struck by lightning dozens of times already in his short life.

    A wild wind whipped through his dark hair as he raced for safety. With his heart beating faster than a hummingbird's wings, Zeus dove through the entrance of a cave. A new lightning bolt struck the dirt just outside it, barely missing his foot.

    Flash! Boom! The storm raged all around him as he cowered behind a boulder. This cave was his home--the only one he'd ever known. And as far back as he can remember, thunderstorms had been a daily event here in Crete.

    He was terrified of them. Who wanted to be hit by lightning after all? It tossed you into the air and rattled your brain. He ought to know!

    But that wasn't the scariest part. Each time he'd been struck, he'd heard a voice murmuring to him, "You are the one." What could it mean?

    Another flash of lightning sliced through the clouds, followed by rumbling thunder. Rain lashed the ground. It flattened the grasses in front of the cave and churned the dirt to mud. But then, as suddenly as it had begun, the thunderstorm moved off. Clouds lifted, the sun came out, and the earth began to dry again.

    Feeling braver now, Zeus stuck his thumbs in his ears and wiggled his fingers. "Nyah, nyah, you missed me," he taunted toward the sound of distant thunder.

    Nearby he heard the clanking sound of a bell followed by a bleat. Maa! A goat trotted into view. "Amalthea!" He threw his arms around the goat's neck, glad to see her unharmed.

    Moments later a nymph slipped free of a slender willow tree and scampered over to milk the goat. When she finished, she wordlessly handed Zeus a rich, creamy cup of milk. He drank it down in a single gulp, then nodded to her in thanks.

    Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! The ground beneath them began to shake. It sounded like a whole army was heading their way. The nymph's eyes went wide.

    "Hide!" Zeus hissed. He fled to the cave again while she leaped into the willow. Merging with its trunk and branches, she went invisible. Peeking out from behind the boulder, Zeus was relieved to see that Amalthea was nowhere in sight. He hoped she would stay away until this new danger passed.

    Before long, three men marched into the clearing. Half-giants, by the look of them. They were so tall that their heads were even with the top of the nymph's willow. Yet they weren't as tall as a true Titan giant. True giants stood as tall as oaks!

    These half-giants wore polished helmets and carried spears. Two letters were carved on their iron helmets and armor: KC. Which stood for "King Cronus." Which meant they were Cronies--soldiers working for the Titan king.

    Zeus shuddered. Cronies terrorized the countryside, stealing money and food from farmers and villagers. Anyone who resisted was dragged off to a dungeon--or worse. He cringed lower in his hiding place.

    One of the half-giants, a Crony with a double chin, scratched his big round belly. He gazed down the mountainside. "Lots of apple orchards down there," he said. "Should be easy pickings."

    A black-bearded Crony laughed. "Especially since we can force the farmers to do the picking...

About the Author-
  • Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children’s books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at JoanHolub.com.
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  • DOGO Books somerviller - I decided to read Heroes in Training because I am interested in Greek mythology and the cover of the book with young Zeus holding the lightening bolt looked cool. Everyone knows that Zeus is a brave Olympian but the end of the story will surprise you.
  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2012

    Gr 2-4-This funny chapter book retells the story of Zeus, Cronus, and the Olympians. Many kids will already be familiar with Cronus, King of the Titans, who swallows his children so that they might never steal his throne. Zeus, the youngest of the Olympians, is smuggled out to a mountaintop sanctuary, and it is from this haven that he is kidnapped by some hungry, none-too-bright giants. Along their journey to Cronus, Zeus, who has always heard voices foretelling some great destiny, is helped by a number of mythological creatures. The voices and some strange clues he finds along the way lead him to think that the Olympians trapped inside Cronus are the key to his survival, even though he doesn't know the truth about who they are. This is a fun read, casting Zeus in the role of relatable kid, and there is a nice balance between his primary goal of survival and his sense of destiny and adventure. Drawings throughout illustrate particularly dramatic scenes, but for the most part, Zeus and his world are left to readers' imaginations. The story ends with him freeing the Olympians, who he is surprised to find are kids like himself. He agrees to travel with these new friends to find the rest of the Olympians, setting up the future of the series nicely. Share this title, and likely more to come, with those still too young for Percy Jackson's adventures.-Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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