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Singer to the Sea God [Paperback]

Vivien Alcock
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July 12 1993
Cleo was turned to stone and sold as a statue. Her young brother and uncle set out to find her in the dangerous world of ancient Greece. Phaidon will not give up his search, even when hope seems lost. But then he meets an extraordinary challenge.

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From Publishers Weekly

This latest offering from the author of numerous original and quirky tales is set in a mythic world as rich and thrilling as that of Lloyd Alexander's Prydain Chronicles. An earlier Alcock novel, The Stonewalkers , is delicately echoed in the story's opening scene, in which Perseus, armed with Medusa's head, returns to the isle of Seriphos and turns its king and all the court to stone. With their royal master frozen for all time, the slave and gifted singer Phaidon, his uncle Pelops and two other slaves set off for parts unknown. After a storm at sea strands the travelers on a barren island, Phaidon and friends are joined by Iris, a scraggly tomboy raised by wolves and pirates. Magic, fate and the workaday world converge to provide a vivid background for the events that lead Phaidon to the grand city of Anaktaron, where he fulfills a prophecy and makes a new life for himself and his companions. A strong coming-of-age story, in which the uncanny is never far off. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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It is said that if one stares at the head of Medusa, he or she will turn to stone, but Cleo, not believing the legend, does just that and is instantly turned into a statue! Now her brother Phaidon and uncle are on a grand adventure that takes them through ancient Greece as they attempt to turn Cleo back into a mortal. Will Phaidon's song to the sea god have the power to bring Cleo back to life? --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format:Paperback
Would you rather be a well-fed slave with a place to sleep or a free man who knows not where he will rest or how he will eat? That is one question which crops up in this adventure story about a young boy and his companions who escape slavery only to find a harsh, superstitious world. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and would recommend it to any middle schooler interested in Greek times and people. The characters win your affection and the story transports you back to this primitive time when men believed in oracles and the wiles of the Gods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great, Greek story! March 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book for a third grade reading assignment at Louise Archer Elementary School. At first it was slow paced but as I got to reading it, it got very funny, adventurous, wonderous and exciting. I thought this was a great story! My favorite part was when they made it past the six-headed monster by playing a trick on her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Singer to the Sea God June 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book got a little boring and confusing, but the end was enjoyable, suspenseful, and exciting. I don't recommend it to people under 12. It's too boring for someone younger than that age. I, 14, liked it a little. I used it as a book report book, which worked out well because the plot is very obvious.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading if you like adventure and Greek Mythology. July 29 1998
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Format:Paperback
Would you rather be a well-fed slave with a place to sleep or a free man who knows not where he will rest or how he will eat? That is one question which crops up in this adventure story about a young boy and his companions who escape slavery only to find a harsh, superstitious world. I thoroughly enjoyed this tale and would recommend it to any middle schooler interested in Greek times and people. The characters win your affection and the story transports you back to this primitive time when men believed in oracles and the wiles of the Gods.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Singer to the Sea God June 5 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book got a little boring and confusing, but the end was enjoyable, suspenseful, and exciting. I don't recommend it to people under 12. It's too boring for someone younger than that age. I, 14, liked it a little. I used it as a book report book, which worked out well because the plot is very obvious.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay book April 25 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
I think that singer to the sea god is not extremely fascinating, but yet, it was a okay book. Most parts of this book have had much research done on the Greeks. An example of that is when Gordian says he is good at knots that is also in another story where he ties a knot and no on except Alexander can untie it. Most reviews have said that it is a fast moving book, but i do not agree. I find it to be very historical, but I had truoble with the plot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great, Greek story! March 5 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book for a third grade reading assignment at Louise Archer Elementary School. At first it was slow paced but as I got to reading it, it got very funny, adventurous, wonderous and exciting. I thought this was a great story! My favorite part was when they made it past the six-headed monster by playing a trick on her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book! April 28 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Singer to the Sea God was a pretty good book. I had to read it for my reading comprehension class. It is partially confusing. I don't recommend anybody under middle school ages to read this book. One trilogy I recommend is The Lost years of Merlin. Those books are excellent and very addicting! Thank you for listening!
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