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Alating prank war fuels tensions between the schoolsThe stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves a Spartan and loyalty to her family and school Troy High will seduce readers with its cast of mythic proportion Troy High is a hip re vamping of a classic tale It highlights the implications of high school rivalries as the Trojans take on the Spartans both on and off the football field Cassie the narrator is sucked into a war she wants no part of and must determine where her loyalties lie with her Spartan best friend or her football playing Trojan brothersNorris’s storytelling is witty and engaging and readers will love the classic pranks played by both schools Though many parts are laugh out loud funny Norris does an excellent job showing just how deep rivalries run and the devastating effects they sometimes haveShana Norris Something to Blog About 2008 is a funny new voice in YA literature and definitely an author to keep an eye on

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Homer’s Iliad the classic tale of love and revenge is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy HighNarrated by Cassie a shy outsider at Troy High the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field After the beautif First of all this story of a war between rival high schools is a fine book for middle schoolers and younger high schoolers though I'll be interested to see if they actually like it There is no uestionable content it's super easy to read I'd guess 3rd grade reading level 4th and lessons and morals aboundSo as a teacher I would say this book is just fine for students to pick up for a summer novelAs a human though a literate human being English major this is the kind of book that gives YA fiction a bad name It is poorly written dull predictable straightforward in the worst sense of the word ie NO nuance NO complexity NO surprise The dialogue is laughableliterally I found myself reading bits of it out loud to my sister and we could barely control ourselves One football player actually says to another Need help rearranging your face ReallyIt's purportedly based on the Trojan War and for the first time in my life I wished I weren't such a classics geek okay maybe it wasn't the first time I wished thatbeing secretary of the Classical Club three years running doesn't exactly get you elected prom ueen so that I wouldn't recognize all the superficial allusions to Homer's epic poem Pretty girl Elena transferred to TROY High Helen Greg Mennon brother of the football player spurned by Elena after she transfers Agamemnon It goes on Don't worry there's a Trojan Horse scene at the homecoming dance This author definitely read the Wikipedia page on the IliadI don't mean to sound so harsh; however I do wish authors saw YA as an opportunity to excite inspire and enrich teenagers' brains and lives see JOHN GREEN rather than pander to them or worse condescend to or dumb down for them

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Ul Elena who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten Off the football field an esc Six years ago my cousin’s wife introduced me to local North Carolina author Shana Norris’s books Troy High is the second novel I read by Shana and during a giveaway she hosted back in December I won a hardcover copy and knew it was time for a reread and official reviewWhat I LikedRetelling of The IliadThough I’ve never read The Iliad I had to read its seuel The Odyssey for ninth grade English and am slightly familiar with the story of the Trojans versus the Spartans In Troy High the “war” between the Trojans and Spartans take place on the football field where two players from opposing teams battle for the heart of Elena Argos Helen in the original This retelling puts an interesting spin on the original and makes me want to read Homer’s storyFresh Focus for YA LitInstead of the book solely focusing on the romance aspect of the retelling a lot of the story focuses on how counterproductive rivalries can be along with going for what you want out of life In our ultra competitive world we need YA books with this messageTrue to Small Town FootballIn small towns especially in the south Friday night high school football games are huge deals So are school rivalries And sometimes they can get out of hand as we see in the novelThat being said I felt that some of the pranks ex laxatives in the cafeteria food and the embarrassing poster of a student who was not on the football team were a little too farfetched to be received with little to no conseuences In real life or at least the high school I went to the entire student body would have suffered conseuences if a name for the responsible students didn’t surfaceIffy PointBlind Allegiance Troy High is an accurate depiction of how heated rivalries can get in high school sports though I felt that the student body loyalty of both Troy and Lacede High were a bit exaggerated than what would normally occur in a public high school Most of the school spirit usually derives from the sports teams at least in my experience whereas it seemed every student at these schools wanted part of the rivalry; however I could totally see the football players handling the rivalry this way in real lifeMostly Greg’s Allegiance to His BrotherThere were also times when I didn’t like certain characters’ motives when it came to the rivalry especially Greg the main character Cassie’s best friend He was wishy washy between supporting his jerk of a brother who totally deserved everything that happened to him and Cassie who remained neutral throughout the rivalry though her football star older brothers are out to get Greg’s schoolGreg ends up doing some terrible things to Troy High for the sake of “keeping his brother out of trouble” though it comes off as Greg’s brother getting him in trouble A positive note does come out of Greg’s blind allegiance as the message reigns true that sometimes you have to distinguish between hurting and helping family and you have to remember your family members are not always on the right side of conflictOverall Troy High is a clean contemporary YA novel that I recommend for readers who enjoy books that feature sports or Greek retellings I think it would be a great companion read to The Iliad in a classroom setting FIRST WEEK AT COW SCHOOL to be The Fine Colour of Rust the captain of Love, Splat the Spartan cheerleaders Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale: The Untold Story of Science and the Peppered Moth transfers The Sixth Wife to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry The Question the Spartans vow I Heart Bedtime (Martha and the Bunny Brothers that Good Bad Woman the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten Off Would Like to Meet the football field an esc Six years ago my cousin’s wife introduced me A Good Land to local 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