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Homer's Excellent Adventure

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: "An origin story for the ages takes readers on an epically hilarious adventure . . . snappy, anachronistic humor make this an entertaining, laugh-out-loud adventure . . . Recommend to fans of Percy Jackson, epic stories, and mythology looking for new fodder with a twist."
--School Library Journal

"...a wild string of encounters with drug-dealing lotus-eaters, cannibal Laestrygonians, dead spirits, vicious storms, and, of course, monsters galore . . . Awesome reading"

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure meets The Odyssey

Homer is about to fail out of school unless he can come up with a story. An epic story. Oh, and it needs to be written in Dactylic Hexameter. No big deal . . . except Homer has no idea what that is. Also Homer is horrible at writing, so he's pretty much out of luck.

But the Greek god Hermes has a story that needs a storyteller, and with a trick of immortal magic, he sends Homer and his best friend Dory back to the end of the Trojan War. They meet up with the Greek hero Odysseus along with an entire crew of smelly sailors and set off on a journey filled with scary monsters, angry gods, and a very hungry cyclops.

Awards and News

*** HOMER'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE is now available! ***

Join me (P. J. Hoover - the author), Madeline Smoot (the publisher), Erik McKenney (the artist), and Jessica Lee Anderson (a critique partner) as we chat about the wild adventure that is Homer's Excellent Adventure! Hear a couple chapters from the books, listen to the story behind the art, and quiz yourself on mythology. Also, you can meet one of my dogs!


"Homer's Excellent Adventure is a wonderful retelling of The Odyssey for middle school students. The story is accurate to the Greek original, but the overriding style is humorous...students will appreciate as they enjoy this cultural icon in an easy read that will have them laughing out loud. And likely begging for 'more like this one!'" --Dorcas Hand, AASL Award Committee Chair, Retired Librarian

"When it comes to Mythology Mash-ups, no one does it quite like P.J. Hoover! Her ability to take a classic and make it her own is beyond amazing! Give this book to your geeks, to your bookworms and to your reluctant readers, it is a sure to be a hit!!"--Margie Longoria, Texas TAYSHAS and Tejas Star Reading List Committee, Founder of Border Book Bash

"Homer felt like a comic adventure retelling of the Odyssey with lots of action, wit and wisdom thrown in. I read this book in one day because I could NOT put it down." --Ginna Hill, Librarian, Fern Bluff Elementary School

"Homer's Excellent Adventure is just what young readers need to get them hooked on the stories of ancient Greece. I loved the idea of getting to know Homer as a character and the novelty of him as a participant in Odysseus' journeys! Treat yourself to this fun twist on Homer's classic!" --Cindi Rockett, Librarian, Trinity High School

"What a fun story! I loved the friendship bond between Homer and Dory. Their travels through history were exciting and informative. Mythology is always a fun topic to read about and see how the gods and heroes interact. I can't wait to see where their future adventures take us!" --Jennifer Kirby, Librarian, Cooper Elementary School

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# ISBN-13 (hardcover): 978-1944821869
# ISBN-13 (paperback): 978-1944821876
# ISBN-13 (ebook): 978-1944821883