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Before he became the hero of the Trojan War, young Odysseus battled monsters and magicYoung Prince Odysseus longs to be a hero. But when he and his travelling companions are captured on their way home to Ithaca, Odysseus learns that being a hero isnt always easy. Now Odysseus must fight dastardly pirates, survive the enchanted songs of sirens, slay monsters, and defeat a treacherous king. Worse still, Odysseus has to deal with girls: snooty, spoiled Princess Helen of Sparta and her companion, the annoyingly sensible Penelope. Odysseus must use his strength and cleverness to save his friends, and he must sacrifice more than he ever expected to be come the hero he is destined to be.This ebook features personal histories by Jane Yolen and Robert J. Harris including rare images from the authorspersonal collections, as well as atimeline of the Heroic Age and aconversation between the two authors about the making of the series.