Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.
Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider who fears that an epic high school rivalry is about to go up in flames, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten.
The Trojans and Spartans pull wicked pranks on each other as homecoming approaches. And the Spartans’ wildcard football star, Ackley, promises to take down the Trojans’ offensive line. But the stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its incendiary cast of mythic proportions.
I'm not such a fan of stories about high school rivalries, but I AM always interested in retellings, and I look forward to seeing how this one will turn out. The story of Helen and the Trojan War is especially significant to me because my dad used to tell me those stories for bedtime--in Mandarin Chinese, no less. And other Greek myth retellings that I've read were pretty good. So yeah!
....Even though I'm a huge UN-fan of the cover. Giant pouty, glamorized cheerleader on the front of a book? No thanks.
Troy High will be published by Amulet Books on August 1, 2009.