Before she was Helen of Troy, Helen was Queen of Sparta, wife of King Menelaus. Thanks to our narrator Hades (Ruler of the Underworld) we learn that contrary to popular belief, Helen really wasn't the cause of the Trojan War.
The Myth-O-Mania series offers a refreshing way to introduce classic stories. Hades' descriptions, combined with the glossary / character list, would make it fun to draw "family trees." Although more suited to schools, there are 3 discussion questions and 3 writing prompts at the back of the book.
10 and Up
9 to 12
Borrow. These are books that you can read and enjoy, but aren't likely to be a reference tool for learning about mythology.
At first I enjoyed Hades and his sense of humor and plays on words. By Chapter 6, just as the war was getting started, I was losing interest. In the effort to tell "both sides" of the story, Hades' zipping around became confusing and tedious. There is a great glossary in the back, but I'm not sure how many kids will know to use it.
Humor, dialogue, and brotherly discord between Zeus and Hades keep readers laughing and turning the page.
Readers who struggle with comprehension could find themselves becoming frustrated as more and more characters and events are introduced.