The Gods in Winter

The Gods in Winter

Patricia Miles

A highly imaginative novel inspired by the myth of Persephone.

There are lots of unexplained things going on around dear Mrs. Bramble. Sometimes it’s just a tiny thing, like getting out of an illegal parking spot before the traffic cop notices, but when it comes to annoying cousin Crispin, well, after what happens to him, he probably doesn’t see things as quite so innocent. Adam and his sister Lottie start to put two and two together (especially after Mrs. Bramble has a couple of very exotic visitors) and then do the thing that makes the perfect sense (and hardly ever happens in YA literature)—they tell their parents what they think. And then, shock of shocks, their parents actually listen and believe just enough in their children to not dismiss their rather wild conclusion. They take a step back and think about it and tell the kids they need a bit more to go on—and then lots of exciting things happen and everybody finds all kinds of things to believe that they never imagined.


  • Ages: 11 - 14
  • Grades: 6 - 9
  • Pages: 152

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A real treat. On the surface a story about an English family relocating to a research center in the countryside, this lively family story turns out to be a retelling of the myth of Persephone in a contemporary setting. ...Even for those without any knowledge of the Greek myth behind it, this is a wonderfully told, suspenseful story. But I can't imagine anyone who reads it not rushing to brush up on Demeter and Persephone, and sighing in satisfaction at the clever way Miles has reworked that ancient tale.

—Horn Book


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