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Simply the Quest

Written by Maz Evans

Part of the Who Let the Gods Out? Series

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Simply the Quest Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous Recommended Children's eBooks Traditional Tales

Elliot Hooper is back in the second book in the fantastic, adventure filled series from Maz Evans.

Poor Elliot is still having a tough time of it.  Not only does he have a group of immortal Greek housemates who have sworn to protect him from Thanatos, Deamon of Death, but this time Thanatos has been joined by his evil mummy -  so now there’s double the trouble.  Elliot’s mum’s health is worse and teen goddess Virgo, is struggling to come to terms with her lack of immortality AND she’s having the worst bad hair day ever.  All in all, it doesn’t make for an easy life.  But if Elliot has any chance of making life better, for him, his mum and the world he needs to find the second chaos stone before Thanatos does.

Another high energy adventure with plenty of laughs and an amazing cast of characters – oh and a very welcome return from the Queen and her family make this an awesomely funny sequel that will have kids laughing out loud.  ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here.

A Piece of Passion from  Barry Cunningham, Publisher  ‘What I like about the classical gods is that they are so true to life. Wild, naughty, emotional and unpredictable, they carry on a bit like us humans – but with superpowers! Of course, in this story our hero Elliot has some serious real life problems to deal with too, and so Maz Evans takes us on a funny yet thoughtful romp. Hold on to your pants because you are likely to lose everything else!’


Simply the Quest Synopsis

Elliot Hooper's troubles are far from over: his mum's health worsens, he's struggling at school, and a bunch of anarchic Greek immortals have moved into his home - including teen goddess Virgo, who's in trouble with the Zodiac. What's more, death-daemon Thanatos and his scary mum are at large. As even more immortal and enemies emerge, Virgo and Elliot must learn how to be heroes ...

Simply the Quest Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Who Let the Gods Out? Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Oliver Thorpe, age 10 - 'I loved this, and couldn't put it down, hence I read it in two days.  I think that whoever picks it up, will love it, and find it very amusing finished.'
  • Sam Harper, age 12 - 'I finished this hilarious, crazy adventure in a single sitting.... If you like fast-paced, against the clock, comical capers you’ll love this, it’s fantastic.'
  • Jack Horswill, age 10 - Little Sutton Primary School - 'I would like to congratulate Maz Evans on how astonishing the action in this book was - the way she brought the Gods to life as heroes was brilliant.'
  • Nomvelo Malinga, age 10 - 'Who Let The Gods Out is filled with adventure and problem-solving.'
  • Daniel Bisland, age 9 - 'I really enjoyed the book. I really liked how it was two stories fused in one and how it all happened at the same time...I found it really funny. I recommend it to 9+ and give it 999/99.'
  • Daniel Maxwell, age 11 - 'Who Let The Gods Out is a marvellous book about a young boy who meets a God, who fell from the sky.'
  • Emma Corden, age 11 - 'This is an amazing book, it really feels as if you are with the characters in story.'
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 9 - 'A very interesting book, with colourful characters and greatly favours a child's imagination of the immortal world.'
  • Alex Nicholson, age 10 - 'I loved this book, it is really funny.  I recommend this for people interested in Greek mythology or who love a good laugh.  A great book!'
  • Daniel Harrison, age 10 - 'It's a hilarious adventure and I really liked it!' 
  • Bella, age 9 - 'Me and my mum were lol especially the bit with the queen using her ninja skills.'
  • George Davies, age 8 - 'I like this book because it makes me dream about it and that the characters have to find the gods.'
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 11 - 'Hilarious book. Packed with so much fun and adventure. I would highly recommend this to boys and girls between the ages of 7 all the way to adult!'
  • Nomvelo Malinga, age 10, Blenheim Primary School - 'This book is funny, entertaining and is very easy to read.'
  • Dre Davies , age 11, Blenheim Primary School - 'This book is a fun-filled book with lots of funny bits in. It’s a good book that I think kids will love.'
  • Scot, age 11 - 'So funny. I would recomend it to year 5/6.'

Simply the Quest Press Reviews

Praise for Maz Evans:

‘Evans is a fantastically funny new talent.’ The Bookseller

‘... lashings of adventure, the Olympic gods as you’ve never seen them before and a wonderfully British sense of humour.’  Fiona Noble The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781910655511
Publication date: 03/08/2017
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781910655511
Publication date: 3rd August 2017
Author: Maz Evans
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 384 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Humorous, Traditional Tales
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Maz Evans

Maz Evans began her writing career in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer. She is also the founder of Story Stew, a creative writing programme that visits primary schools and literary festivals around the UK. She lives in London with her husband and four children. Maz Evans is the founder of Book Buddy.  In essence Maz Evans is so concerned and rightly so, that there are barriers to reading for the more deprived children in this country and  for some children, school is the only access they have to reading books. The aim of ...

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