The 12 Labors of Hercules: A Graphic Retelling
The 12 Labors of Hercules: A Graphic Retelling

Series: Ancient Myths   

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Annotation: The story of Hercules and his twelve labors is told in graphic novel format.
Catalog Number: #95448
Format: Library Binding
All Formats: Search
Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Publisher: Capstone
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 32 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-491-42071-5
ISBN 13: 978-1-491-42071-3
Dewey: 398.2
LCCN: 2014019186
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 31) and index.
Word Count: 2,241
Reading Level: 4.2
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.2 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 170927 / grade: Middle Grades
Lexile: GN720L
Guided Reading Level: W
Fountas & Pinnell: W

To erase a sorrowful past, the half-man, half-god Hercules was tasked with completing 12 difficult labors. Hercules' exciting tale is told through action-packed illustrations in graphic novel format and crafty story-telling. Ancient Facts throughout the book provide more information about the characters, settings, and primary sources of the original stories.

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