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Pandora Gets Lazy by Carolyn Hennesy

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Cover art: Pandora Gets Lazy
Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Pandora Gets Lazy - 3rd in the Pandora series
Author: Carolyn Hennesy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
ISBN-13: 978-1-59990-198-5 (Hardcover)
Release Date: April 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: Youth Mythological Fiction
Publisher’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
OUAR’s Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 8-12
Year/Setting: Ancient Libya
Overall Rating: 4.5
Carolyn's Website: pandyinc.com


Things should be getting easier for Pandy (Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena). After all, she and her friends have already captured Jealousy and Vanity. You wouldn’t think laziness would be very difficult to snag and lock away in the box. Lazy is kind of sluggish and blah, you know?

Unfortunately it’s not working out that way. You see Pandy and her friends were getting a little (secret) help from Apollo. His chariot is traveling by skyflight from Egypt to the Atlas Mountains. Their destination is practically within reach until evil Hera frightens the horses and Pandy falls from the chariot. Down, down, down.

Once firmly on the ground, Pandy takes precious time to get her bearings. It quickly becomes obvious that not only has she been separated from her best friends, but something is wrong and something very bad is happening. She’s a bit frightened, yet quite determined to find a mountain called Jbel Toubkal (the Atlas Mountains, that’s where her map told her she could find Lazy). Pandy would rather get there on her own and in her own way and with her friends, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

Pandy soon meets a couple of young boys who are all alone and hungry and bruised. Taking them under her wing and with as much stealth as possible (bad things are happening, you know) they make their way toward the mountain. It’s not long before they’re captured and forced, along with a long line of despondent people, to make their way slowly, with agonizing trepidation and with many pitfalls, toward an uncertain fate atop Jbel Toubkal. Just where Pandy wanted (maybe needed is a better word) to be.

In the meantime, Iole, Alcie, and Homer are captured and taken aboard a ship and out to the sea. Their unwanted side-trip is no less harrowing and adventurous than Pandy’s is. Fortunately their previous experiences with Jealousy and Vanity have taught them many things. But will it be enough to be able to face a ship full of slavers and pygmies, the churning sea, and a lesser evil? Will they ever see Pandy again?

Pandy is going to need all the ingenuity and courage she can muster to find and trap Lazy. Can she succeed without the help of her best friends?

I must say, I was sorry to see the last page of Pandora Gets Lazy turned. What an adventure! What a story! What vivid details Ms. Hennesy paints! Sure a couple details are kind of icky (like Lazy itself), others are sad, a few are dark and just a bit creepy, many have humor woven in, but Wow, do they ever capture the attention.

Ms Hennesy most definitely has a way of telling a story; danger and fear, compassion and wit, and bravery and imagination mingle through this tale of friends righting a wrong. You see them each growing in ways they wouldn’t have had Pandy not been given this mission by Zeus.

A group of unforgettable characters in an unforgettable setting and situation; an unforgettable series. Pandy rocks!

Connie

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