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. Volume XIII Number 5 . . . .October 27, 2006
In Jeremy in the Underworld, Becky Citra continues the series started in Jeremy and the Enchanted Theater. Mr. Magnus, the owner of the theater, has been staging plays based on Greek myths, but Zeus has put a curse on the theater because he says that Mr. Magnus is ruining the plays by mixing things up and changing the endings. Jeremy travelled through time to talk to Zeus who gave Jeremy three scrolls with three riddles and said he would lift the curse when the riddles were solved. In this book, Jeremy has another adventure in the Enchanted Theater when he travels to Hades to solve the first riddle.
This book might spark an interest in Greek myths for children since the book touches on many of the myths involving Hades. Jeremy takes a 21st century view of the characters in Greek mythology and solves some of the problems of those condemned to toil in Hades as some of his brave deeds. He also encounters the Pool of Forgetfulness and the pomegranate tree that caused Persephone's downfall. If children aren't interested in Greek myths, this is still a good story that will teach them a bit about mythology anyway.
Lisa O'Hara is a mother of three and librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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