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Bull / a novel by David Elliott.

By: Elliott, David, 1947- [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Boston ; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt , 2017Description: 189 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780544610606; 0544610601.Subject(s): Theseus, King of Athens -- Juvenile fiction | Minotaur (Greek mythological character) -- Juvenile fiction | Mythology, Greek -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: [Fic] | 811/.54 LOC classification: PS3555.L5674 | B85 2017Summary: A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.Summary: Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers re-evaluating one of history's most infamous monsters. -- Provided by publisher.
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CML Young Adult Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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A modern twist on the Theseus and Minotaur myth, told in verse.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, Bull will have readers re-evaluating one of history's most infamous monsters. -- Provided by publisher.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-In this retelling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur, the familiar characters illustrate their viewpoints in verse. The story begins with Poseidon as the powerful mastermind behind the famous events that are prompted by King Minos's hubris: Minos's wife is impregnated by a bull and gives birth to Asterion, half-man/half-bull. Once Asterion reaches the age of 17, the narrative shifts to present tense, when King Minos orders that a labyrinth be built to imprison Asterion. Asterion's 15-year-old sister, Ariadne, attempts to rescue him, but instead she succumbs to attractive Theseus, who has been sent to kill the Minotaur. Elliott's contemporary take on the classic myth incorporates modern slang, profanity, and a bawdy sense of humor into an accessible, highly entertaining, and original novel. The characters are given a sense of humanity not found in the original tales; the young adults, for example, are afforded impetuousness, ignorance, easy trust, arrogance, and quick infatuation, all of which make them easily identifiable and relatable to a current teen audience. The use of varied poetic forms and negative space on the page conveys urgent emotions, including instability and madness, anger and self-righteousness. VERDICT Recommended for most large collections, particularly those in need of engaging interpretations of classic myths.-Hillary St. George, Los Angeles Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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David Elliott is a New York Times best-selling children's author. His most recent titles include On the Wing , Nobody's Perfect, and The Orq books. Born in Ohio, David currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife and a three-footed dog. www.davidelliottbooks.com

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