For weeks I have been talking about how child-friendly versions of Greek Myths and the complexity and wonder of the Greek Goddesses can combat Princess culture. These Goddess Girls books, published in 2010 and apparently getting popular with 4th-8th graders, were no quite what I had in mind! (thanks Marjorie Ingall)
Aphrodite The Beauty: "Aphrodite is sick of the attention from all the godboys and worries about her good friend Athena. So, she decides to give Athena a make over! It all works out until Aphrodite's crush Ares starts paying more attention to Athena than to Aphrodite."
Persephone the Phony "As Persephone's mother encourages her to do, she often "goes along to get along" instead of doing what she really wants. But when she meets Mount Olympus Academy bad-boy Hades, she finally feels she has found someone with whom she can be herself. He's the first person who actually listens to her, and she finds herself liking him, despite the fact that the other goddessgirls think he's bad news. But if he makes her feel so special -- and so comfortable -- can he really be all that bad?"
Artemis the Brave "Artemis's friends and classmates see her as the most courageous goodessgirl at school. Little do they know that despite her expert archery skills, the smelly Geryon, ring nose Minotaurs, and scorpions in Beast-ology class scare her as much as they do anyone else! But what's really brothering her now is that funny feeling she has whenever she looks at Orion. She's never had a crush before. Will she find the courage to talk to Orion, to make him see her as more than a pal, and to ace Beast-ology class?"