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Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

Goddess of Yesterday (2002)

by Caroline B. Cooney

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Inspired by the Trojan War. Anaxandra was taken away from her family by King Nicander to be a companion to Princess Callisto on the island of Siphnos. Years later, pirates sack the island and Anaxandra is the only survivor. When Menelaus, king of Sparta, and his crew come upon the destruction, Anaxandra takes on Callisto's identity in order to survive. She is taken in by the king and brought to Sparta. His beautiful wife Helen does not believe that Anaxandra is Princess Callisto. Soap operatics ensue and war is launched against the Trojans.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Very interesting take on the beginnings of the Trojan war. Loved the story. ( )
  bonreads | Jun 11, 2014 |
This story is about a young girl who is a goddess and travels all around the world and tells her many memories. Something terrible happens to the young goddess that changes her life forever.
  agwood | Apr 10, 2010 |
I tried listening to this book, I found the character flat and the story uninteresting. I really wanted to like this book. It sounded better than it was. Maybe I'll revisit this book and read it in a couple of months. ( )
  butterflybaby | May 11, 2009 |
Anaxandra, a girl taken from her home island, finds herself involved in the Trojan war, hated by Helen and Paris, and loved as a daughter by Helen's former husband.

I wanted to like this book, really I did. It had such potiental to be really good. But Cooney's writing was choppy and she would start and end scenes abruptly without any thought to the reader. The story also ends rather suddenly without any good closure. Don't waste your time with this one. ( )
  selkie_girl | Nov 14, 2008 |
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Anaxandra is taken from her birth island at age 6 by King Nicander to be a companion to his crippled daughter, Princess Callisto. Six years later, her new island is sacked by pirates and she is the sole survivor. Alone with only her Medusa figurine, she reinvents herself as Princess Callisto when Menelaus, great king of Sparta, lands with his men. He takes her back to Sparta with him where Helen, his beautiful wife, does not believe that the red-headed child is Princess Callisto. Although fearful of the half-mortal, half-goddess Helen, Anaxandra is able to stay out of harm’s way—until the Trojan princes Paris and Aeneas arrive. Paris and Helen’s fascination with each other soon turns to passion and plunges Sparta and Troy into war. Can Anaxandra find the courage to reinvent herself once again, appease the gods, and save herself?
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The dramatic and bloody siege of Troy is one of the oldest and best of human stories, and in Goddess of Yesterday Caroline Cooney tells it afresh through the eyes of Anaxander, the daughter of the king of a tiny Greek island. As a child she is taken as a hostage to the island of King Nicander. When she is 13, marauding pirates sack the palace, killing everyone but her. Anaxander frightens them off by pretending to be the goddess Medusa, with the help of an octopus as a hairdo. When she is rescued by the ships of King Menalaus, she assumes the identity of a princess, Nicander's daughter, and becomes a royal guest. When Menalaus's cold and vain wife, Helen, runs off to Troy with her lover, Paris, Anaxander goes along to protect Helen's baby son. Within the walls of Troy, she is torn with conflicting loyalties as the bronze-clad warriors of Menalaus land their ships on the plains below the city and war is imminent.

The characters of the Iliad come vividly alive in this action-filled novel: the shallow and amoral Paris, the wailing prophetess Cassandra in her tower prison, and especially Hector, a big, straight-talking sweetheart. Fans of Cooney's contemporary novels like The Face on the Milk Carton will find this story of ancient Greece every bit as irresistible. (Ages 12 and older) --Patty Campbell

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Taken from her home on an Aegean island as a six-year-old girl, Anaxandra calls on the protection of her goddess while she poses as two different princesses over the next six years, before ending up as a servant in the company of Helen and Paris as they make their way to Troy.… (more)

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