Getting grounded for saving all the children of the world is definitely making 8th grade awful for Charlotte, and having to share the kitten, Mew, with her cousin Zee, who has moved across town, is making it worse. The therapist doesn’t even believe her when she tells the truth about traveling with Zee to the Underworld to stop the Shadow Army – what else could go wrong? How about an American History cruise with her parents instead of a nice spring break alone in her room? And Zee deciding to ask out her best friend, then breaking up with Maddy after just 2 days?
The new kid, Jason, was nice to Charlotte, but has been absent all week and no one can find his house. At least the cruise ship seems nice, even though her Mom and Dad are weirdly enthusiastic about the entertainer who sang on the first night. Charlotte spots Jason on board, and her search for him turns up trouble. As every grownup aboard is mesmerized by Thalia’s singing, a storm pushes the ship off course, all the way to the Mediterranean Sea, where Poseidon waits to punish Charlotte for hurting one of his descendents on her trip to the Underworld!
Can she escape Poseidon’s wrath? Can she save her parents and the other passengers from Thalia’s hypnotic songs? Are all the Greek gods so mean? This sequel to The Shadow Thieves is adventure and danger on the high seas! 435 pages
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA