Eyelands Awards finalist, Book Pipeline semifinalist and International 3-Day Novel semifinalist K. Alan Leitch portals in a profesionally edited magical adventure!
K. Alan Leitch
A Second Draft
Action / Adventure
12-15 Young Adult
Making high school the most powerful place in space and time, the Pantheon series opens portals that bring us magical beings who aren’t so great after all. Praised by professional editor Matthew Bird for its combination of “believable teens and rousing action,” Incursion One: Olivia Tames Olympus flips Rick Riordan’s vision for Percy Jackson, pitting the gods against their superior teenage overlords. At least, OLIVIA OLINGER thinks she’s superior; after all, she is a dancer.
Livi’s biggest problem is how to escape her tedious public school, until she suddenly needs to escape from some Amazon warriors. When one friend she’s outgrown, KENT HWANG, does a magic trick to make STEVE disappear, the whole school celebrates—until Kent can’t bring his obnoxious friend back. Now, with the talent show cancelled, Livi has lost her chance to audition for a scholarship to the Renoit Academy, and she’s taking it out on Kent and the irritatingly clever ELSIE. She’s taking it out on them by dragging them with her to wherever Steve went. The problem is that Steve went to Mount Olympus: home of the Ancient Greek gods.
Stuck with Kent and stuck with Elsie—that ‘good example’ who Livi’s parents want in her life—Livi fights to find Steve so the talent show will be rescheduled. Armed with Doctor Pepper, cellphones, and adolescent stubbornness, Livi and her pests face Amazons, a mysterious janitor, and immature gods who live to cause mischief. But when Steve betrays his friends to take control of Olympus, the stakes grow from a scholarship to the fate of the modern world. To get his revenge, he agrees to send gods to compete in contests they never dreamt: D&D, Dance and Debating. Even Dodgeball. Will faith in their godlike principal and a manlike god help students survive a final battle in the Elysian Fields?
Livi is nobody’s Percy Jackson. This is a novel for anyone who’s ever needed a ‘Buffy Gang’ or a personal Zeus to help learn the importance of home. Livi becomes the true hero of Olivia Tames Olympus only when she stops wishing for another place long enough to help her band of god-busters save her own place. Gymnastics with Hippolyta and a police-chase with Hermes give her the confidence she needs to survive an adventure in a lowly public school. But portals are opening all around it. Will Livi’s school survive the next magical incursion from Avalon or Atlantis?