Interview with Author and Retired Literature Professor, Dr. Anthony Manna

Loukas and The Game of Chance

Does your child like Greek Mythology?

What is Loukas and the Game of Chance about?

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.

Loukas and the Game of Chance is illuminated with unique pen and ink drawings that brings this story to life. This book was specifically written for middle grade students can be used as part of a language arts curriculum for older elementary students and middle schoolers.

Are you look for carryover activities? Check out Anthony’s website here. 

Anthony also shared these resources from the SCBWI. Excellent resources, thank you Anthony!

To learn more about the book and the inspiration behind this folktale, listen our conversation in my podcast above.

Dr. Anthony Manna, Author and Retired Professor of Children’s Literature

Dr. Anthony Manna is an award winning author and a retired professor of children’s and adult literature, literacy education, and drama from Kent State University,

Through his many experiences and through his passion as an award-winning educator of 50 years, Dr. Manna has inspired kids and teens around the world 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.

Anthony is an award winning author of many books including a variety of beautiful picture books. Check out his other children’s books here.

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