Praise for Chasing Odysseus …Set within the stories of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Chasing Odysseus lends a witty, young adult voice to these classic stories. There were several moments during the story when I laughed out loud—the teenage herdsmen’s take on the Greek soldiers’ melodrama is particularly funny.’ – BOOKSELLER + PUBLISHER (Amelia Vahtrick, Lindfield Children’s Bookshop) Praise for S.D. Gentill ‘Witty dialogue, lively characters, and a shrewd awareness of the times' – MARELE DAY, AWARD WINNING NOVELIST ‘..historically correct, gripping, no-holds-barred novel... an enjoyable read.’–BOOKSELLER +PUBLISHER ‘...well-researched and atmospheric, with a brisk pace, colourful characters.’ – THE AGE ‘..a thoroughly enjoyable foray into long-ago days... an absorbing story.’ – COURIER MAIL
This is S. D Gentill’s masterful first young adult novel, coming hot on the heels of her acclaimed debut adult historical crime novel, A Few Right Thinking Men, which was The Age ‘Pick of the Week’ and received many other glowing reviews. Chasing Odysseus was also commended for the FAW Jim Hamilton Award. In writing a series for young adults (as well as adult fiction), S. D Gentill follows in the footsteps of other acclaimed writers, such as Emily Rodda/Jennifer Rowe and Kate Forsyth. While her fast-moving quest is loosely based on Homer’s mythical The Odyssey and the infamous fall of the ancient city of Troy, S. D Gentill creates twist after extraordinary twist for her four heroes that will keep today’s young readers gripped and enthralled from start to finish.