Quicksilver

By Stephanie Spinner

Alfred A. Knopf

Hermes—also known as Mercury, Wayfinder, and Prince of Thieves—has many talents. Wearing his famed winged sandals, he does the bidding of his father Zeus, leads the dead down to Hades, and practices his favorite arts of trickery and theft. He also sees the future, travels invisibly, loves jokes, and abhors violence. In this fast-paced journey through Greek mythology, Hermes takes us from Medusa’s cave to the battlefields of Troy to the mysterious Underworld.

Stephanie Spinner brings the famous messenger—and his best-known exploits—to life with high action and engaging humor.


A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Selection


“A sparkling and witty book . . . Seldom in any genre, let alone among books for children, does one come across such a splendid opening line as: ‘It’s dark and gloomy, and it smells like dead sheep, but when Zeus says go to Hell, I go.’ So begins the tale of Hermes, fleet-footed messenger of the Olympian gods, who . . . explains his decisive role in some of the best-known Greek myths.”  The Wall Street Journal


“Hermes is a wonderfully engaging narrator. . . . It’s good to be a god.”  Kirkus Reviews, Starred


“Hermes, the winged messenger of the gods, narrates a compelling and amusing account of his experiences with some of the most well-known characters in Greek mythology. . . . Teens who love mythology will be thrilled with Spinner’s deft and witty retelling of Greek legends.”  VOYA


“The hip but not hypertrendy tone of the narration as well as the bite-sized stories…will entice junior-high and high-school aged readers to try Hermes’ winged sandals on for size.”  The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books


“As a narrator, Hermes has an irreverent, practical approach to the Olympians: ’Joking with Zeus when he’s testy is like challenging the Gorgons to a staring contest. Bad idea.’…smart-aleck irony mixed with charm makes the god’s account a memorable, entertaining avenue into Greek mythology.”  The Horn Book


“The author excels at portraying her subject’s longing to please his father, his sense of loss when his half-brother Apollo goes too long between visits, his love for Calypso, and his deep disdain for cruelty, particularly apparent in the chapters dealing with the Trojan War…Quicksilver…offers an entertaining version of several important myths.”  School Library Journal