The Flame of Olympus

by Kate O’Hearn. Ages 8 to 12.

A horse that eats chocolate ice cream is pretty strange. But for Pegasus, the title character of “Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus,” a sugary diet makes perfect sense. The winged horse from Olympus is used to munching on ambrosia — the sweet food of the gods — and he is desperately in need of treats when he drops in on Emily’s New York City apartment building.

An Olympian in New York? Yes, the world of ancient gods and goddesses collides with modern-day New York when Pegasus is hit by lightning and crash-lands on Emily’s roof.

The 13-year-old can barely believe her eyes when she sees a creature she’s known only in books: “A white horse with golden hooves and a vast white wing was lying on its side in the middle of her mother’s rose garden.”

Emily sees that Pegasus is hurt and tries to help him. But his injuries are serious, and she can’t take care of him herself.

She’s not sure she should tell her dad, who is a policeman, about Pegasus. Instead, she turns to a new kid at school who she has noticed likes drawing the mythological creature in his notebooks.

Joel doesn’t know or like Emily at first. He thinks she’s making up the story to play a joke on him. But she persuades him to see for himself. Once he makes his way to the apartment roof, he’s part of Team Pegasus.

Emily and Joel are just starting to watch Pegasus recover when gray, four-armed monsters climb the 20-story apartment building and attack. Pegasus grabs his two new friends and takes them on the ride of their lives.

Emily and Joel have to figure out what the monsters are, why they’re after Pegasus and why the Olympian came to New York in the first place.

Meanwhile, they’re being chased by the monsters and a secret government agency that wants to question them.

Emily and Joel soon find that Pegasus is on a mission to save Olympus from the same gray monsters now attacking Earth. The horse needs their help before the creatures destroy two worlds. Fortunately for Pegasus, Emily and Joel are ready to fight man and monster.

Christina Barron

Next week

An Army of Frogs

by Trevor Pryce. Ages 8 to 12.

A young frog named Darel dreams of becoming a Kulipari warrior, like his father. But after Darel’s father died in battle, the frogs found a way to hide from enemies.
So there’s no need for warriors . . . until the Spider Queen reappears. Can Darel and
his friends save their home, the Amphibilands?