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The first book in the hilarious bestselling WHO LET THE
GODS OUT series, shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book
Prize!

'I totally fell in love with Elliot and the gods,
and I think you're all
going to love them too.' ROBIN STEVENS
'One of the funniest
new voices in children's literature. The laughs come thick and
fast' DAVID SOLOMONS

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?


If you loved WHO LET THE GODS OUT?, check out book 2: SIMPLY THE
QUEST!

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4th February '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Year 5 18-19 aged 9 to 10
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
I read this book before sharing it with my Year 5 class and I loved it! I thought it was written really well. My class love the book, they have genuine laugh out loud moments frequently whilst I read it to them. The vocabulary is great for older children as some of it is quite tricky but leads to good discussion. Elliot's mum -Josie- is described in the book as being ill - she has dementia/alzeimer type symptoms which can be a touchy subject but it is written about very well in  the book. 
4th July '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Pine Martens aged 7 to 8
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
I absolutely loved this book! A brilliant story about Greek gods with a modern day twist filled with laugh out loud moments. I couldn’t put this book down and cannot  wait to read the rest of the series. I would recommend to adults and children alike! 
25th June '17
Rory read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
This book was really good, it had a great plot. I liked the way they used Greek gods in it. My favourite character was Virgo because she was like a sassy teenage girl 
5th May '19
Pippy read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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5 stars
I started reading this at home when we started learning about Ancient Greeks at school. It was good to know who the gods were and what their powers and positions were from what I’d learnt at school but I didn’t really know what the constellations were and that was a bit confusing at first. 
The storyline is really exciting though so even not really getting the constellations didn’t matter. I liked Hermes best because he speaks like me and that’s quite funny. 
I felt sorry for Elliot having to deal with all his problems on his own.
I would recommend this book. We got the sequel straight away but this one is better. I’m a bit bored with the sequel!
12th February '19
Mayyay read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
This book is about a boy named Elliott. His mum has been very muddled recently and now their neighbour has plans to take over the farm they live on. Elliott has to try and raise money to stop this when an immortal constellation called Virgo lands in the cows dung heap. This gives him an idea but also causes lots of mayhem.

I loved this book because it is full of adventure and humour and these are my favourite kind of books. I could hardly put it down. I also liked learning about all the different gods, especially Hermes. 
1st August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
Having only just started this quartet a couple of weeks ago, I have quickly munched through all three that have been published so far and am now desolate, waiting for number four. I am not going to give away any plot, but you would be well advised to keep a box of tissues handy for both tears of sadness and tears of laughter! Not only can't I wait to read the last book in the series, but I am also very keen to see what Maz comes up with next; whatever it is, I will be first in line! BOOM!!!
10th January '17
Belllboo read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
Who let the gods out is a really good book.  Me and my mum read it and although at first it was a bit serious we were soon laughing a lot.
Eliots mum is poorly and he has to try and look after her but somehow he lets a Deamon out of its prison.
I think kids of all different ages will like this book because it's got some very funny parts.
4th August '17
Casper Readalot read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
Most of the time, this book was absolutely hilarious. I loved the gods and how absolutely crazy they all were. They were just so silly and so funny. My mum kept asking me how the book was going because she kept hearing me laughing out loud. In the end she just decided to read it for herself and she LOVED IT! She kept laughing out loud too! And then she went around saying “BOOM!” I think Hermes might have been her favourite character! Mine was Elliott because he was pretty brave to say he was just an ordinary kid. I think me and my mum are going to have to battle it out to see who gets to read Simply The Quest first. If we make it a maths battle I’ll definitely win!

The book did have some sad parts too, like Elliott’s mum being poorly. It was hard to read those parts because I felt so sad for Elliott, especially since it was just him and his mum at home and he was too scared to let anyone know she was ill. I felt sorry for Elliott because he had to worry about everything on his own. I liked that the gods worked out that things weren’t right and tried their best to help him. I hated Mrs Porshley-Plum, she was a psycho!

If you like funny books then you’ll definitely like this one. If you like adventure stories, you’ll like it as well. You’ll probably like it even if you don’t like reading very much, it’s just that good!
14th October '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
WOW! What a book.
A book with humour throughout, a wonderful storyline (told in a very sensitive way, might I add...) and truly amazing characters based on Greek mythology, this book has it all and is a wonderful beginning to the entire series. Elliot is an unbelievable character with resilience and perseverance in abundance, and children of this age group will look up to him.
This book ends in such a lovely way, and sets up the entire series with questions brimming.
1st May '19
I read it to 6AT aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
Who Let The Gods Out? Is one of the best books I`ve ever seen. The story is a combination of nail-biting tension and laugh-out-loud funny moments, which to me is the best combination. There are many hilarious characters, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be Hermes, the Messenger/Fashion God. I mainly like him because he is very sassy and just plain cool. Overall, this book is like a work of art-it never stops to amaze me.
22nd March '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
it is an amazing book about Elliot and virgo. it is a very interesting book about Elliot, his mum, who is ill, and virgo who is a god. Elliot and virgo unleash a demon. what will happen next
7th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
I was absolutely hooked on this book from the beginning; I wanted to know more about Elliot and the secret he was hiding at home - an important theme to cover here (caring for his parent). Later in the story I needed to know what was going to happen next, how Elliot and Virgo were going to survive, repair the problems they had created and fix Elliot's homelife. After I finished the book, I had to go out and purchase the next two books in the series as I need to know what will happen next for Elliot and Virgo. 

I also love that every chapter has an illustration above the title of the chapter and there is a winged Pegasus that moves along the bottom of the book, if you flip the pages. 
17th July '18
bookworm2007 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
What I loved about this book was that at the end of nearly every chapter there was a cliff hanger. Elliot Hooper is the main character and he will do anything to save his mum. His mum Josie Hooper has dementia and Elliot doesn't want the news to leave his house home farm. Meanwhile there evil next door neighbour Patricia Porshley plum or Elliot calls her Patricia Horses bum is trying to get her hands on home farm. Elliot has a lot to worry about including the big electricity bill sitting on the coffee table in the lounge also a big constellation girl called Virgo has just crashed into the cow shed roof and has a hole in! Virgo proclaims that she is from the zodiac council and has come to deliver a dose of ambrosia to prisoner forty two. Elliot helps Virgo to find prisoner forty two but Elliot is just about to make a decision that will change the world!!! Sadly there are no illustrations but I still loved this book. The genre of this book is definitely an adventure!
16th January '18
MunchkinMegan read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
Wow! I mean genuinely wow! I can't describe just how much i have absolutely fallen in love with this book and in turn Maz Evans.

Both my parents read Who Let The Gods Out before i did. My Mummy read it in the car on the way to our holiday and i could hear her howling like a banshee from the backseat. I say that with a lot of love and respect for her of course but i swear she snorted a few times. My Daddy got his mitts on it next because she'd read that many extracts out to him that he was dying to read it before we came back.

I've kept meaning to read it but new books have cropped up and i simply haven't found the time- boy was i missing out! I should have snuck it into my room every night and read it with a torch under my duvet!

Who Let The Gods Out has semi familiar characters, everyone knows the story of the Greek Gods... or so we thought, Maz Evans gives them depth, gives them heart, gives them their own special swear word! The Gods here aren't quite what they used to be and those in charge are not what you'd expect. It's when humans and the heavens collide that our adventure really begins.

Then there are those without powers, leading ordinary, everyday lives.. kind of. Elliot lives with his Mum. His wonderful Mum who provides our hard hitting story that runs alongside the fun/ exciting one. Maz has brought an issue that is rarely brought into children's fiction and handled with such care. Elliot's has become carer to his Mother who is the shell of her former self. The relationship between the two is deeply tender, heartwarming and breaking and keeps us grounded while all the other craziness is going on. Josie Mum we love you and you raised a good boy.

There is a teacher bullying Elliot, a posh tycoon bullying just about everyone, a soft walk-over headmaster, a Demon on the loose and of course a plethora of Gods.

There were so many utterly wonderful and entertaining moments during this book that when you recall one, they all start flooding back. This is so much more than just a funny read however as i felt elated, sad, worried, scared, excited and my heart genuinely hurts for Elliot and his Mum, thankfully the inclusion of such characters as Charon provide light relief and make that awful pain subside.

My favourite character is definitely Virgo, no wait, Hermes... er Zeus, no Patricia, the Queen. You can see it's hard to choose!

I put down Who Let the God's Out and picked up Simply The Quest. If you read any book this year, make it this book.
9th May '18
FelixLowe read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
This is one of the best books I have ever read! It is SO funny. Elliott looks after his mum who is poorly which is sad, but he meets a fallen star called Virgo who he shares lots of funny moments with. (There are lots of cow poo jokes!!)
I love mythology so it is good to read a funny story which has the Greek gods in. 
Read this book! It's brilliant. 
18th September '18
Lollipop101 read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
Absolutely brilliant! One of my favourite books in the whole wide world!
It’s so funny and quirky.
A truly magnificent read !
29th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
I bought this book for my class library to accompany our Greek and Roman topic. My class had loved learning about the Gods and I thought this could be a nice addition. Well, before it got to school I had started reading it and couldn't put it down. I was left laughing and intrigued. It is written in such a way that you are able to learn about Greek mythology without even realising. I was loving reading the clumsy ways of the young constellation Virgo so much that I was telling my students all about it during book discussions, I sold it to them so much that I had a queue of students signed up to read the book! They all loved it and found it equally hilarious. The story touches on parental illness with the mum suffering memory loss, but it is presented in a way which is suitable to the age group, allowing them to empathise with the main character Elliot who lives as a young carer.
9th May '17
I read it to Bobbin aged 9 aged 9
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
Elliot attends a grammar school and cares for his mother, who has begun to behave strangely. While trying to help his mother run their household and avoid losing their house, the Gods come literally crashing into their lives. Elliot's life is soon interwoven with the escapades of the wide ranging cast of Greek gods as he finds himself on a quest that could help his mother. 

The book is very clever in bringing to life the characteristics of various Greek gods in a way that is easily accessible to young readers, and inspired my son to want to find about more about Greek myths. He throughly enjoyed this book, and can't wait to read the next one when it is published in August. My son loved the storyline, which he thought was very creative and imaginative. Any book that inspires a love of reading is a hit with me, so more than happy to recommend this book to others.
18th February '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
rally good if the scale went up to 10 it would of been 10/10. for humour its a 8/10 the best is when some thing is gowing up the wrighting will go up              
19th July '18
Molls(:books read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
I really liked this book because it is a mix up of laughter and breath taking adventures my favourite characters are: sophisticated Virgo , Elliot ,beautiful Athena ,daring  thanatos, and finally the cool rocking Hermes   No photos but I think it’s better that way because more surprises to come! This book made me feel great but it had those splattered adventures every where watch out
8th April '17
Westy10 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
I give this book 5 stars because it was interesting and fun. It's a very funny book and although it was quite slow to start I enjoyed it a lot.

I loved the ending.

It would appeal to boys and girls.
1st April '19
I read it to MissS-Year 4 aged 8 to 9
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
We absolutely loved who let the gods out?  We felt like we were living Elliot’s life and adventures alongside him. The book is full of funny bits that we all laughed out loud to. The characters were fantastic. We particularly loved Virgo, Hermes the messenger God and of course ‘call me graham’. 

Over 50% of the class loved this book so much that they went and bought/borrowed the next book in the series straight afte. We are well and truely part of the Gods Squad! 
19th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
5 stars
Everyone knows and loves Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson - half boy, half god, all hero. Riordan absolutely nailed it when he brought Greek mythology into children’s literature as it’s an idea that’s rarely drawn on within the diverse and broad world of kids lit. I’m a massive fan of myths, legends and folk tales, especially the Greek Gods, so coming across Maz Evan’s Who Let the Gods Out I was VERY excited!
Twelve-year-old Elliot Hooper has a lot on his plate: he’s being bullied by a teacher at school; his mums health is disorienting; his home is under threat, and to top it all off he accidentally discovers that Gods are real and finds himself drawn into an ancient mythological war with the fate of the world hanging in the balance! Maz has such a fresh, time relevant, hilarious outlook on the Greek Gods. The scenes with the Zodiac Council were especially my favourite - bringing to life the star signs was a magical touch. But in between the laugh out loud moments, Maz perfectly grounds the novel with the touching relationship between Elliot and his mother and Elliot and Virgo’s friendship. Who Let the Gods Out is a brilliantly fast-paced adventure story that will have kids, and parents, reading way past their bedtimes ⚡️
2nd October '17
Sea Turtle read it themselves aged 10 to 11
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
4 stars
It was an interesting book . I found it funny and adventurous. I didn't like Thanos but I did like Elliott. I liked the fact that it was a mix of Ancient Greek gods with a modern twist.
Ailsa (aged 10)
15th December '17
Sea Turtle read it themselves aged 10 to 11
Who Let the Gods Out? 9781910655412
1 stars
I didn't enjoy this book. It was repetitive and confusing to follow.
Libby aged 10
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