Friday, November 30, 2012

Poseidon and the Sea of Fury by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

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Author of books for children, including the Goddess Girls series (8-12, co-author Suzanne Williams, Aladdin), Zero the Hero (Henry Holt / Macmillan); Wagons Ho! (Albert Whitman & Co); A Kiss For You! (Scholastic/Cartwheel); Vincent van Gogh Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (Grosset & Dunlap); Groundhog Weather School; Why Do Dogs Bark?; Boo Who? A Spooky Lift-the-Flap Book.

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I don't remember ever wanting to be a writer when I grew up. I just liked to read! So imagine my surprise when long after my first few books were published my mother unearthed my old elementary school report cards, and I read these comments by my 5th and 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Hall:

"Suzy has a good command of the English language and a flair for creative writing.... I hope she will continue to do creative writing as I and the students have especially enjoyed her talents in this area."

I grew up in Eugene, Oregon, and went to college at the University of Oregon, where I graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's in library science. My husband and I moved to Renton, Washington (near Seattle), just after I finished college.

I didn't start writing children's books until after I'd been a librarian for ten years, and had children of my own. My husband, Mark, is principal trombonist for the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. We have two adult children, and a toy fox terrier named Toby.

By the way, there are TWO Suzanne Williams who write for children. My books are all fiction, but Suzanne Morgan Williams (who lives in Reno, Nevada), writes mostly nonfiction.

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A young Poseidon must triumph over aquatic terrors in this Heroes in Training adventure. The merciless Cronus and his Titan buddies are in hot pursuit of Zeus, Hera, and Poseidon, who plan to travel across the treacherous boiling sea in order to save a fellow Olympian. They have a boat, but they also have a problem: Poseidon can’t swim and is terrified of the water (well, really of the creatures that lurk in its depths). The group faces danger after danger as they battle singing sirens, a fishy and ferocious Titan named Oceanus, and people-eating monsters sent by Cronus himself. Can Poseidon overcome his fears and help his fellow heroes escape Cronus and his cronies?

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