What’s not to love about mythology, with its vengeance, violence, ego-maniacal characters and high-volume conflict? We’re moderning the myths, one tale at a time, set in the contemporary world with average teens dealing with the angst of young adulthood.
Our young adult short story series include digital shorts, released one at a time and then compiled into larger volumes.
The series was kicked off in 2012 by Jammie Kern, a recent Liberal Arts grad from the University of Oklahoma and mom to two girls.
Jammie Kern tackles Orion’s tale in, “Ryann in the Sky,” about a very tall basketball player having a very bad year. She’s grieving the loss of her father when a back-stabbing friend tries to dethrone her from the volleyball team heading into the championship. What makes a champion, and, moreover, what makes a friend? This story of overcoming loss and rising above the fray is a beautiful read from an amazing writer.
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Jammie Kern also gave us”Taylor on Lockdown,” a young adult short story, is the second in the Mythology High series of twelve myths, modernized with tales of teenage angst and overcoming odds. In Kern’s gripping tale of Talos, we meet seventeen-year-old Taylor, who runs away from her verbally abusive mother to live with her Aunt Lu who owns a tanning salon. Taylor begins her transformation, going back to school, working hard at the salon, and improving her image. Yet the handsome older man, Jonnie, lures Taylor away. Just like the original bronzed Talos, envy may be Taylor’s downfall. Can she truly shape her own destiny? Jammie Kern is an emerging author to watch.
New to the Mythology High series:
“Seal Girl” by British author Magda Knight
Ondine is the new girl at school, and with her flaming red hair, Irish accent and deformed hands, she’s used to being the odd girl out. She tells herself that she simply doesn’t care. But like the mythical selkies who swim in the cold Atlantic, Ondine swims to championships in high school pools, where she feels free. She chooses to be a free spirit, but when someone close starts to play dirty, it seems she runs out of choices …
In June: “Geek Girl”
In July: “Glee Girl”
Her series will kick off with “Seal Girl,” which will be available as a Stinger, and then combined with two more stories by Knight and then included into a volume with Jammie Kern’s first three stories in the series. We’re confident this line is going to take off and we’re busy with an outreach campaign to English teachers to make them aware of the series. Knight is the co-founder and editor of the popular blog Mookychick, with more than 7,400 fans.
This Fall the series will pick up again with young adult author Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Amor and Summer Secrets) with three more short stories. Subscribe to our blog for the latest information on the series and for chances to win advance reads.