Troy High

Troy High

by Shana Norris

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Homer’s Iliad, the classic tale of love and revenge, is shrewdly retold for teens in Troy High.


Narrated by Cassie, a shy outsider at Troy High, the story follows the Trojans and Spartans as they declare war on the football field. After the beautiful Elena—who used to be the captain of the Spartan cheerleaders—transfers to Troy High and falls madly in love with Cassie’s brother Perry, the Spartans vow that the annual homecoming game will never be forgotten. Off the football field, an escalating prank war fuels tensions between the schools.


The stakes are raised when Cassie is forced to choose between the boy she loves (a Spartan) and loyalty to her family and school. Troy High will seduce readers with its cast of mythic proportions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781613120149
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 12/31/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 553,364
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Shana Norris is the author of Something to Blog About, a BookSense summer 2008 pick, which Children’s Literature called “an uplifting and quick read” and about which Publishers Weekly said, “Norris’s prose is breezy and playful.” She lives in Kinston, North Carolina, with her husband, dog, and three cats. Visit her online at

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like the book, but honestly i wouldnt call this a teen novel maybe 10-14 because it really is something i would see on disney channel and it is not very challenging at all. Reading should make the mind work, while this was.... blah. Not to crush the book or anything, i really did enjoy it, i love greek mythology and i love seeing the story be transformed into a high school setting, but im a young reader who was able to read this a day and wished it wouldve worked my brain. That is all. Maybe it could have used stronger vocabulary.
Lindsey_Kirk More than 1 year ago
If I am being totally honest, I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book. But with that being said, I need to let you all know that the story of Troy I love with all my heart. So, to see someone take the storyline and make it compatible for teens, and do it in a way where even I pretty much enjoyed it made me very thrilled. However, not everything was grade A on this little reading journey. For one, the writing was very simple. If you are going to write Young Adult and try to market to teens in the upper age groups you need to be willing to get a bit more down and dirty. You could have tossed so many darker elements into this book that you didn't. You kept it fairly cookie cutter and that, as an advanced reader very much disappointed me. The characters didn't give me enough to connect too; they felt almost one dimensional and lacked the depth I really needed to connect with them. The story as a whole fell flat for me, perhaps I was expecting more of the darker side of the tale rather than the watered down version. I expected it to get gritty really fast, because in the real world this story would have taken on a far uglier picture. I think more people would have been physically injured as opposed to just embarrassing them. If you are an adult, I'm fairly certain after taking the day to read this book (Because that is how long it took me to), you might be a bit upset that you took all that time to read it. That then brings me to how I would review this for the proper age group. I would say ages 9-13 would most enjoy this book. The writing style, and the plot line reads like an episode of one of the shows on the Disney Channel. It has a very heavy moral lesson, and it teaches the right and wrong way to handle a situation. Which, let's face it most actual high school kids lack these days. If I am being frank I would allow elementary school kids to read this more than I would hand it out to an actual teen. I just don't think they would buy it. The story would seem dry and unrealistic for them, because a teen these days would never hand over defeat that easy, and that is me just being honest. So considering the morals, the lessons learned, and how the book essentially ends, I would say it is a good read for the age group I described. For anyone older than 13, they just aren't going to appreciate it all that much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Troy High by Shana Norris is a story that is about two different high schools Troy high in the city of Troy and Lacede high in the city of Sparta. They have a rivalry between each other, Cassie Prince an outsider that has no friends she wants nothing to do with this war between them. Cassie's brothers Hunter and Perry Prince want absolutely everything to do with it. Their rivals names are Lucas, Ackley, and Patrick Lucas has a brother named Greg Mennon Lucas also has a girlfriend named Elena. Elena is transferred to Troy high along with fifty others from Lacede at Troy she befriends Cassie, Perry, and Hunter and a lot of others. She and Perry start to date and that starts the whole war between the two schools. The school pulls pranks on each other and one day the pranks get out of hand and it starts a big fire. I think that this is a great book and I recommend this book to all people.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i rate it 4.5ish. i completely fell in love with his book! totally worth every penny! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book and i love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing
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Love to read this book
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This book is amazingg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! Its amazing i just started today and i already read 100 pages (10 chapters) shana norris is defiantly one of my favorite authors now when i finish this book i will read more by her for sure!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Based on the greek war between the trojans and spartans
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book i coulgn put it down
SJKessel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Norris, S. (2010). Troy High. New York: Amulet Books.Appetizer: In this modern retelling of The Iliad, sophomore Cassie Prince has always been in the shadows of her popular, football playing brothers, Hunter and Perry at Troy High. She's in-like with her best friend Greg (a student at the rival high school, Lacede) and wants to be popular.When the beautiful girlfriend of Greg's older brother, Elena Argos, has to transfer from Lacede to Troy due to redistricting, knowing Elena could be Cassie's one chance to become popular. All she has to do is lie for Elena and help her to win Perry's affections.But when Elena doesn't handle her break-up with her Lacede boyfriend in the best way possible, what has been a school rivalry for 50 years turns into all out warfare that Cassie fears will lead to ruin.I was really surprised how easily the plot of The Iliad leant itself to teenage drama, especially when focusing on the romantic entanglements. That was pretty awesome.While I found the book enjoyable, I wasn't blown away by it. I thought the writing was so-so (especially when compared to the oral epic it is based upon) and when Norris tried to use metaphors of warriors to describe the football players, it felt very forced. (Plus, there were several pages of intense football description, which made me tilt my head to a side and ask, "Say, what's happenin' now?").Nothing about Cassie's character or voice really impressed me. (But given the fact that she was based on Cassandra the seer, living up to the expectation was difficult.) I did find a few of her interactions with Greg to be cute (see the last quotation in the dinner conversation for an example). Elena/Helen was annoying (but she often is) and Achilles/Ackley is barely memorable.I also thought the ending was a little too quick for me. I won't give spoilers, but some people were too quick to forgive some incidents and other people remained unpunished for other incidents. I did not likey.On the plus side, the book did make me want to reread The Iliad. Or watch Troy (Brad Pitt!). Whichever.Troy time!Smile, Achilles. Smile!Dinner Conversation: "It was a late Sunday afternoon when I kissed my best friend.We had been playing our favorite video game, Martial Battle 2, in his parents' den. Playing video games was something we did a lot. Kissing was not" (p. 1)."So, tomorrow's the big day," he said as he selected his next fighter. "We go back to being enemies again."I rolled my eyes. "I can hardly wait."Every school had a bit of a rivalry with other schools, but the one between Lacede High and Troy High was legendary. It made sense, I suppose, that our mascots were the Spartans and Trojans, respectively. Just as the Greeks and Trojans battled thousands of years ago, our schools fought wars on the football field" (p. 2)."The second reason the rivalry had grown so huge this year was that over the summer the board of education had redrawn the school district lines to help ease overcrowding at Lacede. Which meant that some of the Lacede students would now be attending Troy High, starting tomorrow.And the most beautiful girl at Lacede, Elena Argos, was one of those students" (p. 9)."You haven't broken up with Lucas? But I thought you were so crazy over Perry?""I am," Elena said. "I'm going to break up with Lucas before I go out with Perry. I promise. Don't worry, Cassie, I'll treat your brother right.It wasn't my brother I was worried about" (p. 52)."Tell your brother that he has no idea what he's started. Steal from me, and you have to deal with every Spartan wanting revenge" (p. 69)."Who's going to make sure you get back home okay then?" I asked.Greg puffed out his chest. "I can take care of myself.""And I can't?" I asked. "What do you think I am, some defenseless little girl?""Sorry," Greg said, rolling his eyes. "I didn't mean to offend you. What I meant to say was, let me ride home with you so that I can protect innocent pedestrians from making the mistake of
readingthruthenight on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
itle: Troy HighAuthor: Shana NorrisPages: 259Pub: 2009; AmuletGenre: Young Adult, Realistic, MythologyEtc: Odyssey RetellingThe Short of ItHigh school life mirrors Homer¿s Iliad. The Long of ItOur narrator is Cassie. She¿s a shy loner who lives in the shadows of her two older brothers, Hunter and Perry. And then Elena transfers to their school; beautiful Elena who was head cheerleader at Lacede. And even though she doesn¿t really HAVE to, she befriends Cassie. Elena decides to ditch her Lacede boyfriend and begin to date egomaniac Perry. There¿s a couple of problems with this scenario. One, Elena¿s ex¿s brother, Greg, is someone that Cassie has been crushin¿ on FOREVER and now of course, Greg feels as though he has to side with his bro. And second, Hunter and Perry are football players. They¿re the Trojans. They¿re long-time opponent and rival school happens to be the one Elena came from. And they¿re the Spartans. Ya see the parallels now? The Thoughts about ItI have to admit readers, it has been a month or so since I read this book. I will admit also that it¿s been MUCH longer since I read The Iliad. (Or was it The Odyssey. Am I the only one who gets them confused? Who knows. Maybe I read them both during my earlier lit courses. It seems as though it was probably expected, right?)I thought this was a cute book. Perfect for my younger middle schoolers who want to read about boy drama. Because, really, it easily reads as that. The students ¿fight¿ on the football field and go back and forth pranking each other at school. There were moments when I seriously had flashbacks of Saved By The Bell. (Remember? That episode? Where Zach and the gang put together this prank? And of course it goes bad? And Mr. Belding¿oh wait, back to the book). What I did think to be neat happened AFTER the story was finished. Norris sorta fills in the ¿how is this relatable to the Illiad¿. She identifies leading characters, and who they are in the classic. I TOTALLY dug this. My inner child nerdiness just knows that if it was me, and I was like twelve reading this book, I would immediately seek out The Illiad. And how cool is that? To encourage a youngster to pick up an intimidating piece of literature. Yay for Shana.Overall, two thumbs up for the light fun reading. Sorry I can¿t let you know how accurate it is as a retelling.
katiedoll on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Troy High was a mixture of things- humorous, romantic, back-stabbing, and just full of that good old teenage angst. I¿ve never read Homer¿s Illiad, but it¿s fairly easy to see just how much hard work and dedication was put into this novel. I¿m considering reading it just to compare, and me reading classic fiction such as that is pretty odd.Though the characters were a bit cliché, they were wonderfully crafted to make the war between schools even more bitter. My favorite battle was between Cassie, the narrator and her best friend turned crush, Greg. Though Shana wrote based on Illiad, their relationship was reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet, which is never a bad thing. (Well .. only if you leave out the tragic ending.)The pranks and betrayal and anger between the rival schools was incredibly entertaining and enthralling to read about. I read the entire book in one sitting; dying to know what prank one school did to get back at the other.I don¿t really have a lot to say about this one. It was a quick yet extremely entertaining novel. I suggest it to anybody in the mood for a light and comical read!
GEAUXTIGERS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it is a very dramatic book it a bunch of girls and guys that are just very dramatic and they play on the football field and always prank each other back in forth they are always trying to pick a fight kinda, and the girls are always fighting over guys really and their in high school too its pretty much a boy drama book
ctmsasgo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Troy High is a modern version of Homer¿s Iliad. Cassie, a student at Troy High has a best friend/secret crush that attends Lacede High. Cassie and her best friend that attends Laced High, Greg now have been friends for a few years. With these two high schools being rivalries Cassie is going to have to pick between Greg or her brother¿s and loyalty towards her school. But to make matters even worse Lacede¿s captain cheerleader gets transferred over to Troy, Elena the cheerleader instantly falls in love with Perry, who is Cassie¿s older brother. Cassie and Greg both have older brothers that play for the school football teams, Cassie¿s brothers for the Trojans and Greg¿s brother for the Spartans. When Elena get¿s transferred over to Troy she meets Perry and they fall in love, mind you Elena already has a boyfriend. Lucas Elena¿s old boyfriend is Greg¿s older brother that plays on the Trojan¿s football team.Troy High and Lacede High both start pulling pranks on the other school. With homecoming being held at both schools, Lacede decides to pull at prank at Troy High that went a little too far¿ This leaves Cassie with no other choice but to show her loyalty to her school and older brothers. Overall Troy High was a good book. Shana Norris could have done a better job with the ending though, it was not terrible it just could have been happier. It kind of makes you think the good thing will happen but it doesn¿t so it surprised me towards the end. As a young reader I enjoyed this story because it was based off The Trojan war and this gave me a bit more of understanding towards it. I rated this book four stars because it was really funny and had some romance, but it also was a play off of the Trojan war, which interested me.
ethel55 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this tale of rivalry between two local highschools. Norris was very clever in her use of names, subterfuge and the other machinations that make up this tale of drama that comes to a head on the football field during Homecoming. I liked sitting back and trying to remember parts of another story of Troy and how everything fit together.
epbee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When I was at BEA, I picked up the ARC of Troy High, which looked cute and fluffy, I finished it last night, and I have to say, while it was both cute and fluffy, it was also smart, and well written. The allusions to the Trojan War were done perfectly, it was a pretty straight on retelling, but the connection didn¿t overpower the story, I KNOW the story of the Trojan War, but I still wanted to know what happened in this story, I didn¿t assume that since I knew a bit of the Iliad that this one could be written off as predictable.The character of Cassie was well developed and while there were the stereotypical HS characters (pretty cheerleader, jealous football player, outcast...) it's interesting to think of how these stereotypes can be applied to historical and literacy works like the Iliad, if Helen of Troy was alive now it¿s not a big leap to assume she would be a popular cheerleader.It was a good read for the mood I have been in, dealing with a Death in the family, my brain couldn¿t handle anything too intense or drama filled, but I also can¿t read something that is completely devoid of intelligence. This was a perfect fit, a smart, fun, quick read that shows that High School isn¿t all that different than War at times...
TheBookCellar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a great modern day retelling of The Illiad. I'm a total sucker for Greek Mythology, but to write good retellings of Greek Mythology is hard, and this one did not let me down. I pretty much read straight through in a couple of hours. It was totally original, and will appeal to different groups of readers. Troy High was smart and well-written. The characters were fitting. Cassie, the narrator of the story, is the only one with her head on straight, seeing the stupidity of everyone around her. She was easily my favorite character, probably for the reason stated above. The rest of the characters have the sole focus of kill the other side, and it did get a bit old at times. Cassie and Greg were so oblivious to the other, which drove me nuts! But once again, I think that was part of their charm. All the characters fit nicely together to the whole story. I really like the cover. It totally fits the story, as Elena is the girl responsible for everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first book that I picked out my self at a school book fair and actually read it. I lost it Las ty summer and hopefully who ever found it read it and enjoyed it as much as I did. I just bought it on nook and nearly died when I found out that there was a second book. I wish that Troy High would have a movie as well.
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This book is amazing i cant believe that i read it i wish that this book could also be in a movie. Please rate a yes if u agree with me. IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIiIIIII LLLOOOOOVVVVvVEEeEEeE this book