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The Wanderings of Odysseus, Rosemary Sutcliff, retold for kids 12+ yrs - Alder & Alouette

The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey , Retold for Ages 12+ yrs. by Rosemary Sutcliff

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For Greek myth fans, those who can't get enough of the D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, and readers who have aged out of Rick Riordan, this classroom staple and mythology classic is perfect for learning about the ancient myths!



King Odysseus and the Greeks have triumphed over the Trojans. At long last, they are able to set sail for home and the loving family Odysseus left behind. But for the heroic king, the return voyage holds hazards far greater than any he faced during the war.

Forced by treacherous winds into unknown seas, Odysseus and his crew must face deadly perils: the flesh-eating Cyclops, Circe and her deadly enchantments, and the soul-chilling Land of the Dead and more.

Rosemary Sutcliff's reimagining of the classic epic The Odyssey is woven through with a spectacular cast of men, women, magicians, and monsters. Odysseus' harrowing journey home to his family and kingdom tests the limits of his strength, and the power of his will.

Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, is one of the greatest adventure stories of all time and Rosemary Sutcliff stays true to the classic tale and characters in this authentic retelling rich with drama, magic, and heroism.


We currently offer three versions of this tale. All are excellent, and all are engaging with retellings unique to each author.

The main difference between the three books are the reading levels. While all are written for readers of varying age ranges, these ranges are assigned more for complexity of text, vocabulary and comprehension ability, rather than age appropriateness of the plot as they have all been rewritten with children in mind. 


Isabel Wyatt: Homer’s Odyssey

Class 4/5: Best for on Grade-Level Reading (even those in the lower end of on grade-level) in Classes 4/5 or easy/relaxed read for advanced readers in grade 4/5.

Although a child age 11/12 in Class 5 or 6 may enjoy this book, we recommend Padraic Colum’s version for them if you would like a bit more vocabulary or comprehension challenge to encourage growth in their reading ability—especially for those in Class 6.

Padraic Colum: The Children’s Homer

Class 5/6: Best for established on-grade readers (especially those on the higher end of on-grade level) and for advanced readers in grade 5/6. Ages 11-12;

A more relaxed, yet still on their toes read for grades 7+ or for ages 13-14, some vocabulary may still be new

We do not recommend this version for Class 4. We do not recommend this version for anyone who is having reading struggles in Class 5/6 unless you are using a read aloud/read along strategy to help them with comprehension and more complex vocabulary.

Rosemary Sutcliff: The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey

Class 6: Best for advanced readers in class 6, Ages 11-12; not recommended for class 5 readers unless reading and comprehending on about an 8th to 9th grade reading level

On grade reading levels for grades 7/8 or for ages 13-14 with some new vocabulary and just right level of comprehension; high school students and parents may also find this version a relaxing, yet engaging and interesting read  


  • The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey
  • Retold by Rosemary Sutcliff.
  • Published by Laurel Leaf Library.
  • Target Age 12+ years.
  • 0.4" H x 6.9" L x 4.2" W (0.2 lbs) 160 pages
  • Softcover/Paperback