Ancient Greece and Ancient Greeks — Easy Readers & Chapter Books

Recently we reviewed quite a few books that dealt with Ancient Greece, (see our
directory here), but we didn't pull together any comprehensive reading list. So here is one that ought to help you track down both Fiction and Non-Fiction books at the library, for your classroom, and for your home shelves.

These books begin at the AR 2 level and go up to 3.0. We'll be adding additional books later, so check back.

Snake Hair: The story of Medusa
by Stephanie Spinner

GoodReads —average grade 4.75 — 4 votes
Amazon - top rated

Description: FICTION: This book recounts how the Greek hero Perseus vanquished the serpent-haired Medusa, whose gaze turned people to stone.

Pam's review - highly recommended

Reading Information:
Word Count: 900
Count: 48
Accelerated Reading Level: 2.2 / points: .05
AR quiz: 55255

Michael Townsend's Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders
by Michael Townsend

GoodReads —average grade 3.75 — 44 votes
Amazon top rated

Description: FICTION: This collection of ten comics interprets Greek myths, depicting stories about characters such as King Midas, Pandora, Arachne, Icarus, Hercules, and others.

Our Review -- highly recommended

Reading Information:
Word Count: 10,068
Page Count: 160
Accelerated Reading Level: 2.8 / points: .05
AR quiz: 138501

  • Publisher: Dial (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0803733089
  • amazon

by Gary Reed

Description: FICTION: This book presents the Greek myth of Pandora, the woman whose curiosity leads her to open a box she was warned to keep closed, releasing evil and hope into the world.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 892
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading Level: 2.8 / points: .05
AR quiz: 121011
  • Publisher: Magic Wagon (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1602701385
  • amazon

by Valerie Bodden

Description: This book uses simple text to explain how Greek temples were built and introduces the people who used them.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 472
Page Count: 24
Accelerated Reading Level: 2.9 / points: .05
AR quiz: 120374
  • Publisher: Creative Education (2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1583415602
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Lost in the Labyrinth
by L. A. Peacock

Description: FICTION: Twins Jess and Josh have discovered an astonishing secret in their family's attic: a time-compass that whisks them back to ancient Greece. But where is mysterious Uncle Harry? And can they escape from the deadly Minotaur?

Reading Information:
Word Count: 10,110
Page Count: 94
Accelerated Reading level: 3.0 / points: 1.0
AR quiz: 65430
  • Publisher: Scholastic (2010)
  • ISBN-10: 0545247659
  • amazon

Mount Olympus Basketball
by Kevin O'Malley

**STARRED Review** School Library Journal

GoodReads —average grade 4.5 — 4 votes

Description: FICTION: Zeus, Hera, Athene, Poseidon, and Hades pull some dirty tricks as they face off against Hercules, Jason, Odysseus, Achilles, and Theseus in this gods versus mortals basketball game in ancient Greece.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 1,061
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading level: 3.0 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 69989
Lexile: 300L
  • Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0802777287
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The Shepherd and the Racehorse
by Susan Blackaby

Description: FICTION: Yearning to become a charioteer like his brother, young Felix, a shepherd slave, takes on the challenge of training a magnificent racehorse and hopes he will win the race for his brother and possibly earn his own freedom.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 3,156
Page Count: 64
Accelerated Reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 119872
Lexile: 430L
  • Publisher: Picture Window Books
  • ISBN-10: 1404840613
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Medusa (Short Tales Greek Myths)
by Rob M. Worley

Description: This book presents the Greek myth of Medusa, the vain woman who is transformed into a snake-haired monster and whose glance turns people into stone.

The lively comic-book-style illustrations capture the drama... --School Library Journal, August 1, 2008

Reading Information:
Word Count: 822
Page Count: 32
Accelerated Reading level: 3.2 / points: 0.5
AR quiz: 121010
  • Publisher: Magic Wagon
  • ISBN-10: 1602701377
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Death Of Lies: Socrates
by Margo Sorenson

Description: FICTION: Aleesa and Kenneth find themselves befriending Socrates to assure his safety and keep history unchanged.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 20,754
Page Count: 108
Accelerated Reading Level: 3.0 / points: 3.0
AR quiz: 24553
Lexile: 350L
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning
  • ISBN-10: 0789121565
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