Norse Mythology / Neil Gaiman. Back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales. Gaiman's gods are thoroughly alive on the page – irascible, visceral, playful, passionate – and the tales carry us from the beginning of everything to Ragnarok and the twilight of the gods.
Shadow of the Wolf / Tim Hall. Forget everything you’ve ever heard about Robin Hood. The truth is darker than you can imagine . . . Robin Loxley is just a boy when his parents disappear without trace. Years later, the great love of his life, Marian, is also taken from him. Driven by his pain and a need for answers, Robin follows a darkening path into the ancient heart of Sherwood Forest. What he encounters there will leave him transformed, and will alter for ever the legend of Robin Hood
Magnus Chase by Rick Riordan. My day started out normally enough. I was sleeping under a bridge when some guy kicked me awake and said, 'They're after you.' Next thing I know, I'm reunited with my obnoxious uncle, who casually informs me that my long-lost father is a Norse god. Nothing normal about that. And it turns out the gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Apparently, if I can't find the sword my father lost two thousand years ago, there will be doom. Doomsday, to be precise.
Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola. Masha's beloved grandma taught her many things: that stories are useful, that magic is fickle, that nothing is too difficult or too dirty to clean. The fearsome witch of folklore needs an assistant, and Masha needs an adventure. She may be clever enough to enter Baba Yaga’s house-on-chicken-legs, but within its walls, deceit is the rule. To earn her place, Masha must pass a series of tests, outfox a territorial bear, and make dinner for her host.
Murder At Mykenai by Catherine Mayo. Friendship vs. Treachery in Ancient Greece, a decade before the Trojan War. Menelaos, teenage son of the assassinated High King of Greece, is skidding ever deeper into danger. Odysseus, his best friend, tries to help - but Odysseus's great ideas have a tendency to backfire!
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. Eight-year-old Kahu craves her great-grandfather's love and attention. But he is focused on his duties as chief of a Maori tribe - a tribe that claims descent from the legendary 'whale rider'. And Kahu has a unique ally: the whale rider himself, from whom she has inherited the ability to communicate with whales. Once that sacred gift is revealed, Kahu may be able to earn her great-grandfather's attention - and lead her tribe to a bold new future.
The Song of Achilles: A Novel by Madeline Miller. Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. When they heard Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, the men of Greece, bound by blood and oath, lay siege to Troy in her name. Seduced by the promise of a glorious destiny, Achilles joins their cause, and torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus follows.
The Bone Tiki by David Hair. Matiu Douglas has a bone tiki he stole from a tangi. His father’s important new client wants it. Badly. And he has some very nasty friends. When Mat is forced to flee for his life, an unexpected meeting with a girl called Pania sets his world spinning. Suddenly he’s running through the bush with a girl-clown, a dog who is way too human, and a long-dead warrior. Fearful creatures from legend are rising up around him, and Mat faces a terrifying ordeal.
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. Robin Hood is champion of the poor and oppressed by twelfth-century England against the cruel power of Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. He takes refuge with his Merrie Men in the vast Sherwood Forest, emerginh time and again to outwit his enemies with daring and panache.
Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin’s Lavinia. Troy has fallen. Rome is a tiny village. At the end of Vergil’s epic poem The Aeneid, the Trojan hero Aeneas, following his destiny, is about to marry the Italian girl Lavinia. Daughter of a local king, Lavinia has lived in peace and freedom, and she is determined to follow her own destiny. So she gains her own voice, learning how to tell the story Vergil left untold — her story, her life, and the love of her life.