Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire
(Heroes in Training Book 4)
The action heats up for Zeus and his fellow Olympians in this blazing Heroes in Training tale.
Phew, it’s hot! Under the titan Hyperion’s rule, the sun is burning even brighter than normal and scorching everything in northern Greece—including the villagers! The Olympians are forced to play a sizzling “game” of Dodge the Sunbursts as Hyperion hurls giant fireballs that could fry them to pieces!
Armed with some clues, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades set out to figure out why in the world Hyperion has been making things so hot. They also need to rescue Hera, who is still missing. Battling the extreme heat—and some fantastical and scary creatures, courtesy of their old foe Cronus—the boys are off on another epic adventure…and Zeus is one step closer to discovering his destiny.
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Praise for Heroes in Training
“Readers will gobble this down and look for more, make no mythtake.” ~ Kirkus
“This is a fun read, casting Zeus in the role of relatable kid, and there is a nice balance between his primary goal of survival and his sense of destiny and adventure. . . Share this title, and likely more to come, with those still too young for Percy Jackson’s adventures.” ~ School Library Journal
The Heroes in Training Series
In the Heroes in Training Series, authors Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams deliver fun, adventures, and a few surprises as ten-year-old Olympians go on a journey of a lifetime to discover their true identities and defeat their Titan enemies. We have had the opportunity to review the first book in the series, Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom a while back. Here are some excerpts from our review to refresh your memory. For the full reviewof Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom, click on the cover.
My Thoughts: I really liked the story because it was a good adventure. The Harpies were cool but also scary. At first I thought they would take Zeus somewhere bad, but they actually saved him. That was nice. I really, really liked this book and I can’t wait to read the next book. I would recommend it to boys and girls 9 years and under.
My Thoughts: The writing team of Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams did not disappoint – this book was fantastic! The entertaining story and whimsical writing style of the duo left us laughing out loud at some points, on the edge of our seats for others, and cheering for the heroes at the end. This book has it all: a likable and courageous hero in Zeus, comic relief provided by Pythia the Oracle, quirky elements such as a goat and a bee helping the nymphs raise a baby Zeus, nasty villains in the terrible King Cronus and his Cronies, and a riveting plot line based in Greek mythology.
Here is a complete list of the books in the Heroes in Training series:
#1 Zeus and the Thunderbolt of Doom
#2 Poseidon and the Sea of Fury
#3 Hades and the Helm of Darkness
#4 Hyperion and the Great Balls of Fire
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Author Suzanne Williams
Suzanne Williams is the award-winning author of nearly 40 books for children, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and middle grade fiction series. A former elementary school librarian, she lives near Seattle. Her picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg) won the New Mexico children’s choice award in 2000 and was on several other state award lists. She is co-author (with Joan Holub) of the popular Goddess Girls series(for ages 8 – 12) and Heroes in Training (ages 6 – 11). Other series include Fairy Blossoms and Princess Power.
Author Joan Holub
I graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree, and then freelanced as an art director at a graphic design firm for eight years. I dreamed of working in children’s books, so I moved to New York City and became associate art director in Scholastic trade books, where I designed books for children and worked with editors and illustrators. It was a great job.
I illustrated my first published children’s book in 1992 and soon began illustrating full time. I began completing manuscripts and mailing them out to publishers in the early 1990s. In 1996, I sold my first two manuscripts — Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book (Scholastic) and Pen Pals (Grosset & Dunlap). Yippee!
Now I write full time and have written and/or illustrated over 130 children’s books. Creating books that entertain, inform, and interest children (and me) is a fabulous job that I truly love.
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