The Widely Unknown Myth of Apple and Dorothy by author Corey Ann Haydu

The Widely Unknown Myth of Apple and Dorothy

September 19, 2023

Critically acclaimed author Corey Ann Haydu crafts a spellbinding tale following the modern-day descendants of ancient Greek gods—and how two young girls struggling against the weight of the family history end up becoming their own epic myth with large consequences. 

If you could choose to be a god forever, would you do it? Every winter solstice, today’s Earthly descendants of Greek gods, nymphs, and muses must visit Mount Olympus to preserve their near-godly status. Until Dorothy’s mother refuses to go, sealing her fate and dying a human death shortly after. In retaliation, the gods release an ultimatum: return to the heavens as gods or live as humans on Earth. Everyone must now make a choice.

Dorothy is already at the bottom of the godly chain as the descendant of the infamous Pandora. Without her mother, the rest of Dorothy’s world becomes quieter, stiller—and her grief threatens to consume her.

Apple, on the other hand, is the beloved descendant of Zeus and Hera. She is the most popular girl in school, and knows she must maintain a perfect facade, or risk ruining the family name.

The two girls couldn’t be more different, but their mothers were best friends, and now they finally grow closer, too. Yet as the solstice nears, Apple’s fear of losing Dorothy causes her to make a choice for herself and Dorothy that changes everything—and the consequences are great. Will the Apple and Dorothy be able to fix their friendship? Will they even choose the same path? Olympus or Earth?


“It seems a simple choice: to live as a god on Olympus, or a human on earth. But the brilliance of this novel comes as Corey Ann Haydu weaves a familiar myth in unexpected ways, to show how the ways of the heart are complex beyond comprehension. An amazing story about the costs, losses, and absolute glories of friendship.”
– Gary D. Schmidt, Newbery Honor Winner of The Wednesday Wars and Printz Honor Winner of Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy

“Gorgeous and inventive and poetically poignant. Kids will connect deeply with Dorothy and Apple!”
– Christine Day, author of I Can Make This Promise and The Sea in Winter

“This story is tender, complex, and full of hope—emotionally messy in the best ways. A refreshingly character-driven take on Greek mythology retellings.”
– Kirkus Reviews

“A spirited, invigorating take on familiar legends.”
– Publishers Weekly