Loukas and the Game of Chance

These celestial guardians will surely allow him to reverse his misfortune, restore his honor, and win back all that he loves and treasures, won't they?
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While Loukas is playing his flute at the seawall one day, he befriends a mysterious talking, dancing snake that rewards him with fortune and favor. Some years later, tempted by greed and pride, Loukas loses all his riches and his family. He must now set off on a treacherous journey through a frightening forest filled with suspense and strange creatures to find Destiny, her son Ilion, the Sun, and her daughter Luna, the Moon. These celestial guardians will surely allow him to reverse his misfortune, restore his honor, and win back all that he loves and treasures, won’t they?

A reimagined Greek folktale, Loukas and the Game of Chance is illuminated with dramatic and evocative pen and ink drawings that provide an ideal backdrop for the dark intrigue that fills this haunting story of human struggle, courage, and resilience.

Loukas and the Game of Chance, based on Greek folktales, has been elaborated by author/educator Anthony Manna with timeless and classic folktale elements. An unusual friendship of two very different beings- Loukas and a charmed snake sets groundwork for a cycle of fortunes and misfortunes, and a quest to redeem foolish decisions with help from elements of nature and spirits. With a myriad of clever symbolism, I found myself wishing I had some children to read aloud to- perhaps over the span of a few weeks of bedtime. I can see this story engaging their imagination and instigating rich conversations. Like folktales and fantasies, the book has a delightful sense of wonder which young readers will enjoy.

-- Dr. W. C. kasten

Anthony Manna (Author)

Anthony L. Manna draws on his experiences and passion as an award-winning educator of fifty years to inspire kids and teens to become confident, skilled, and happily motivated readers and writers. He has taught in schools and universities in Turkey, Greece, Albania, and the United States where he immersed kids, teens, and young adults in powerful multicultural books and entertaining, action-packed activities to help them enjoy the discoveries about themselves and others that great books and their own writing can encourage them to explore. Manna is the award-winning author of Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale, The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece, and Greek Folktales: A Treasury of Delights. Loukas and the Game of Chance, a middle-grade fantasy, will be available in October, 2019, wherever books are sold. Anthony L. Manna’s first collaboration with Soula Mitakidou, Mr. Semolina-Semolinus: A Greek Folktale, illustrated by Giselle Potter, was an ALA-ALSC Notable Book, a Marion Vannett Ridgway Award winner, and a New York Public Library Best Book for Children. Another collaboration of theirs, The Orphan: A Cinderella Story from Greece, illustrated by Giselle Potter, was a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2012. They also collaborated on the anthology, Folktales from Greece: A Treasury of Delights. Anthony has worked with children and teens in drama and storytelling; has been an actor, director of children’s theater, vehicle repossessor, and janitor; and has taught in schools and universities in Turkey, Greece, Albania, and the United States. He divides his time between Ohio and Arizona.

These celestial guardians will surely allow him to reverse his misfortune, restore his honor, and win back all that he loves and treasures, won't they?

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