Who Let the Gods Out?
Chicken House, 2017
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Maz Evans began her writing career in journalism as a TV critic and feature writer. Her debut novel, Who Let the Gods Out? was selected as Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Month. Maz is much in demand as a comedy book and lyrics writer for the stage and has received multiple awards for her songwriting. She is also the founder of Story Stew, a creative writing programme that visits primary schools and literary festivals around the UK. She lives in Dorset with her husband and four children.
Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?
This is Maz’s first book. The next book in the series is Simply the Quest (published in August 2017), followed by Beyond the Odyssey (published in 2018), and she is currently working on a fourth book.
Maz sometimes appears on BBC Radio to discuss topics ranging from politics to parenthood.
Maz has had a passion for Greek mythology since the age of eight.
Johnny from Westgate Primary:
Harris from Barwick in Elmet C OF E Primary School: