My two girls (ages 8 and 7) have been devouring these books ever since we saw them at a Book Fair.
The Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams chronicles the adventures of four Greek Goddesses (Artemis, Athena, Aphrodite, and Persephone) while they are pre-teens at Mount Olympus Academy (MOA). And of course, the “godboys” are fixtures as well (Ares, Apollo, Hephaestus, Hercules, Hades, Actaeon, Poseidon, etc.)
It goes through first crushes, being the new girl (Athena who didn’t know she was a goddess before), loyalty to friends, helping others, etc.
I like these books because they are true to the original Greek myths. For example, Persephone falls for Hades. Well, in the Greek myth, Hades kidnaps Persephone and makes her live with him in the Underworld. Artemis is Goddess of the Hunt so she’s proficient with a bow and arrow and keeps animals as pets (as she is also Goddess of Animals). Aphrodite is the match-maker of the group, fittingly since she’s the Goddess of Love.
A temple is built in Ephesus for Artemis and does become one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (mentioned in Artemis the Brave or the Loyal–I can’t remember which). So they are historically accurate as well as great reads.
These books intertwine social situations and ancient history and myths (with all your favorite mythical characters and creatures such as Hercules’ Tasks and Pygmalion).
Good, wholesome books sure to entertain as well as educate!