The second book in the Goddess Girls series, this book focuses on Persephone and also a bit on Hades. Persephone is a people pleaser and if her friends ask her to do something she always says yes, even if she doesn't really want to do whatever they are doing. She also has an overprotective mother, who wants to know where she is at all times. After an unwanted shopping trip, Persephone drops a ball of yarn and finds a cemetery where she meets Hades and the two strike up a friendship. Her friends and mother try to keep her from Hades, but Persephone sees that he is just lonely and tries to sneak and be friends with him. When pushed to her limits, Persephone must figure out if she has the courage to stand up for herself or continue to be a phony.
This series is a cute twist on the myths, where most of the Greek gods and goddesses attend a school called Mount Olympus Academy. So far only Zeus and Demeter are adults and the rest are teenagers, well, Athena's mom is a fly, so that is different. I like how Holub and Williams are giving the characters distinct personalities and Persephone is rarely given her own personality in the original myths. Of course the series is water downed for the intended age, but it works for that 4th grade audience. I do like how they weave in other stories, like the Trojan War, into what is going on in the school. The books are quick, easy reads and this one is no exception. 4 cups of cocoa and I will be booktalking these to my 4th grade group.