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AVAILABLE MARCH 2014 print ISBN: 978-1-55380-323-2 e-book ISBN: 978-1-55380-325-6 pdf ISBN: 978-1-55380-324-9 5-1/4 x 7-5/8 B 214 pp trade paper B $11.95 YOUNG READER NOVEL B AGES 10 AND UP


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Arrow through the Axes

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Arrow through the Axes concludes the “Odyssey of a Slave” trilogy that began with Torn from Troy — nominated for a Red Maple Award. In his retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, Bowman has Alexi, the Trojan slave, infiltrating the Greek strongholds of the Bronze Age in search of his sister. In so doing he plays a role in the life of Orestes, the tormented son of Agamemnon, who seeks revenge for his father’s murder. As well, he partners with Telemachus when Odysseus strings the bow that will rid Ithaca of its infamous suitors. Through Alexi’s adventures, Bowman also gives us a glimpse into the beginning of Greece’s dark ages, which he suggests may have been triggered by the Trojan War itself. Recasting the Odyssey as a YA adventure, this trilogy brings ancient mythology to life in a way that traditional retellings cannot. We see what life would have been like for Bronze-Age warriors as Bowman interweaves adventure, ritual and historical detail into a realistic and compelling narrative — one that has been crucial in shaping western culture.

ALSO BY PATRICK BOWMAN (see p. 22) B Torn from Troy (978-1-55380-110-8) B Cursed by the Sea God (978-1-55380-186-3)

PATRICK BOWMAN was born in Ottawa and grew up in Toronto. After writing software for twenty years, he s l i p p e d t h e c o r p o r a t e b o n d s t o b e c o m e a f u l l - t i m e c h i l d r e n author. His first novel, Torn from Troy, was nominated for a 2012 OLA Red Maple Award. The second volume in the trilogy received widespread praise for its adventurous accounts of Bronze-Age Greece. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two daughters. s

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