Sunday, March 21, 2010
Iris, Messenger by Sara Deming
Iris has the weirdest teachers and is always getting in trouble with them. Her mother is a health food nut who works for a tofu company and her father lives with his new wife far away and sends her the worst presents ever. On Iris's birthday she expects to receive the usual bunch of awful gifts but is pleasantly surprised when she gets a copy of Bullfinch's Mythology. And in the margins of the book she finds notes written specifically to her with hints on how to find the Greek god Poseidon. She also receives a rainbow-colored shawl that allows her to transport to any spot she likes. Determined to find out who has sent her these gifts and why, Iris travels around town meeting all the gods who are alive and well. She also hears lots of the original stories from mythology told by the gods themselves and finds a way to help her mom who has been fired from her job.