Monday, December 10, 2012

Wow! Thanks, Scholastic Inc., for Pinning about my latest Underworlds book!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Understanding The Underworld in Underworlds

Here are artistic depictions of some of the mythological characters featured in my new series, Underworlds, which I offer as support to teachers and students in their study of myths.  The site is by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and it has some very straightforward descriptions and many images that may prove useful for classroom discussions.

Orpheus lulling the wild beasts with music from his lyre.

 Charon, the ferryman, bringing souls across the River Styx.

Hades, king of the Underworld, and his dog.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

New Review of Underworlds!

Here's a great new review of Underworld book #2 by super blogger Steve McEvoy! Thanks for the careful reading, Steve, it is much appreciated!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Review of Underworlds -- Now Available!

Here's a nice notice of my new series, Underworlds, Book #1 -- available now for summer reading!


Abbott, Tony
The Battle Begins
Illustrated by Antonio Javier Caparo. 2012. 112pp. $4.99 pbk. Scholastic, Inc. 978-0-545-30831-1.
Grades 3-6
This first book in the Underworlds series pits elementary student Owen Brown against monsters from several mythological traditions. Owen is warned that the monsters are coming. After telling him to find a book in her home, his friend Dana is suddenly swallowed up beneath the school floor. Enlisting schoolmates to help him, Owen finds the book (Bulfinch’s Mythology) and begins his search for Dana. Armed with only the book and the Lyre of Orpheus, cunningly liberated from a museum, the three attempt to rescue Dana from the clutches of Hades. Meanwhile, Loki, the Norse trickster god, is releasing the monsters of mythology from the Underworlds. B&w illustrations add interest to this fast-paced book, which is sure to appeal to young readers not quite ready for Percy Jackson.
Gregory Martin, Curriculum Materials Center Librarian, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio

Underworlds Book #2 When Monsters Escape is also available now!

Friday, June 1, 2012

The Battle Begins

Underworlds is a new series by Tony Abbott (Scholastic, Inc., 2012)

"Looking to feed the insatiable appetite of mythology-mad readers comes a new series that brings the legendary characters up close and personal, especially for four elementary students who face off against Greek and Norse monsters. 
Owen realizes the day is unusual when his friend, Dana, gets sucked through the school floor while a voice hisses, “The…battle…begins…” Owen teams up with Jon and Sydney to rescue her, and, with the help of Bulfinch’s Mythology, they begin a surreal adventure with mythological beasts come to life. They discover that one of the entrances to the Underworld is in their school basement and that all the Underworlds, one for every branch of mythology, are linked. Moreover, the creatures are escaping. Armed with the Lyre of Orpheus, which, when strummed, gives Owen the power of persuasion, they make a deal with Hades, who gives them a chance to find Dana. They do battle with the likes of Cerberus, Myrmidons and Loki. Hades, however, is a double dealer who ups the ante: They are forced do his bidding or lose Dana forever—which becomes the catalyst for the next installment. Intricate black-and-white sketches of mythical monsters and maps enhance this lean and lively tale. 
A quest just right for readers on the cusp of Percy Jackson." (glossary) (Adventure. 7-10)
--Kirkus Reviews