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Gryllus is a pig. Well, not strictly speaking a pig. He's a man who got turned into a pig. More specifically, he was one of Odysseus's crew (you remember Odysseus - big bloke, hero, all round clever clogs) and the whole crew got turned into pigs by Circe, a witch, but Gryllus never got turned back.
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Welcome to a comical quest full of nonstop action and oddly familiar characters, from an oversensitive, lyre-strumming poet to the sinister, snappily dressed Epicurus; from chimeras and Stymphalian birds to the testy gods and goddesses themselves. With its abundant appropriation of Greek history and myth and its galloping humor perfectly pitched to middle-grade kids, THE PIG SCROLLS is sure to tickle young readers and take a place of honor on teachers’ and librarians’ shelves.
References to ancient Greece abound in this relentlessly funny adventure starring a one-time member of Odysseus’s crew—now a sarcastic talking pig—who must fulfill a prophecy to save the world.From the Author:
Paul Shipton says, "I got the idea for this book when I was reading Homer’s ODYSSEY and found myself most interested in some of the non-heroic characters in the background. Working on the book gave me a chance to revisit a world I have always loved—that of ancient mythology and history. And of course, in order to research the character of Gryllus fully, I was forced to eat a huge number of pies."
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