Published by Chicken House Books on 2 February 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Humorous, Middle Grade
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Elliot’s mum has been really unwell, and while he has just about been coping in looking after her
by himself (and without anyone noticing), he has begun to fear that his home is under threat. An
evil neighbour, intent on her own plans for their land and the profit it could bring her, is
determined to buy his house – no matter the cost to Elliot’s family.
But then one evening a shooting star crashes to earth and changes Elliot’s life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a very important mission.
When the pair accidentally unleash the wicked death daemon Thanatos, who had been imprisoned for centuries underneath Stonehenge, they must turn to the old Olympian gods for help.
But after centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task? What have they been doing all this time? And might they be able to solve one or two of Elliot’s problems as they go?
WHO LET THE GODS OUT? is a truly laugh-out-loud anarchic adventure, introducing a
hilarious and heartfelt new voice to the UK children’s books world with a bang – or rather a
strike of lightning!
Thanks for joining me for the tour of this fab middle-grade saga by Maz Evans, ‘Who Let The Gods Out?‘ Maz has complied her personal top three of UK Middle Grade novels as well as her top picks for her lead characters, Virgo and Elliot.
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Like so much of the publishing world, I am incredibly excited by this debut from Lisa Thompson. Matthew, a boy housebound by OCD, could be the only clue to a toddler’s disappearance – but how can he solve the crime when he can’t leave the house?
This is such a tantalizing premise – a proper locked room mystery with a brilliant twist. I admire authors who can shed light on an issue without preaching about it and from what I’ve read so far, this is going to be a real treat.
I absolutely adored My Brother is a Superhero – it was one of those books that made me tingle with envy at David’s effortless comedy genius. I was thrilled when he won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize because it drives me wild that funny writing doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves – sometimes it is perceived as the easy option. Have you ever tried to make a child laugh without injuring yourself?
Alien Overlord follows the further adventures of Zach and Luke as they save the world in their unique sibling style. I’ve been saving this as a real incentive to get me through my latest edits and I can’t wait to dive in.
I am so late to the Abi Elphinstone party – her third book, Night Spinner, comes out this month and I’ve only just wrestled this, her debut, from my kids to read it. Abi is a fantastic ambassador for children’s writing and having witnessed her brilliant workshops, she’s a real inspiration for writing what you live and living what you write.
I will be binge-reading Moll and Gryff’s adventures like a Netflix boxed set at the earliest opportunity – assuming I’m not so inspired I disappear off camel-sledding in Norwich or similar…
Elliot’s Top Pick
To my shame, Elliot isn’t a big reader – although in fairness, he has a lot going on. Once he’s saved the world, I hope he’ll settle down with some classic adventures like Tom Sawyer or Treasure Island. I’d suggest Percy Jackson, but he says he’s had enough of Gods to last him a lifetime…
Virgo’s Top Pick
Virgo embraces the opportunity to broaden her understanding of mortals through a good book. She is particularly drawn to fellow pioneers exploring new worlds, so Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Gulliver’s Travels provide interesting comparisons to her own experiences. Elliot keeps recommending a book entitled Yew Stink by I. P. Freely, but every time she enquiries at the library, they look at her suboptimally.
Many thanks to Maz for such great picks! I can heartily recommend ‘Who Let The Gods Out?’ if you’re after a funny, smart read for kids aged 8-13. My own girls loved it and have been raving to their friends about it! Go check it out, and be sure to let me know what you think on twitter @bookscouldtalk or Maz @maryaliceevans or the great publicist Nina @ninadouglas and make sure to use the hashtag #OMGods