Quiver

By Stephanie Spinner

Alfred A. Knopf

Greek gods and mortals spring to life in this riveting retelling of the myth of Atalanta. Cast off and abandoned at birth, then saved by a she-bear and raised by hunters, Atalanta proves herself to be a peerless archer and the fastest runner in the land. Despite her skills, her father, the Arcadian King, suddenly reclaims her and demands that she produce an heir to the throne. Atalanta has pledged herself to Artemis, goddess of the hunt, who has forbidden her to marry. Unwilling to break her promise, Atalanta suggests a grim compromise: she will marry the first man to beat her in a race, but everyone she defeats must die. All the while, the Olympian gods Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros, and Zeus watch, comment and interfere from on high.


A Booklist Top 10 Youth Romance


A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age


A VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Selection


A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Book of the Year


A Book Sense Children’s 76 Selection


A Notable Social Studies Trade Book


A Junior Library Guild Selection


“Fiercely original and beautifully written, Quiver is a book for all readers who love Greek mythology.”  Mary Pope Osborne


“Proud, strong, strong-minded and naïve…Atalanta cuts a figure at once heroic and human.”  Kirkus


“Spinner gives this Greek myth a fresh face…a fine introduction to the Greek tales.”  School Library Journal


“Atalanta’s intimate, first-person narrative is elegantly mannered but accessible, and teens will easily connect with the tough 16-year-old—intelligent, determined, and ultimately vulnerable to a cute guy—who faces impossible choices…this is a satisfying page turner that retells history and myth with a feminist slant.”  Booklist, starred review


“In an elegant trajectory, Quiver links the mythic past with modern young readers in this sensuous story of the alluring, timeless Atalanta.”  Richard Peck


“Stephanie Spinner has taken a Greek legend and made it her own, with wit, wisdom, and sparkling prose. I wish I could write so well.”  Garth Nix


“Atalanta has depth as a strong female protagonist who not only defeats men but who also trusts herself.”  Publishers Weekly


“This is a must-read book for all young readers!”  About.com Teen Section