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THE OLYMPIC GAMES OF GREECE<br />

WRITTEN BY<br />

JORDI ORTIZ<br />

ILLUSTRATED BY<br />

MIGUEL ÁNGEL SAURA


THE OLYMPIC GAMES OF GREECE<br />

WRITTEN BY<br />

JORDI ORTIZ<br />

ILLUSTRATED BY<br />

MIGUEL ÁNGEL SAURA


Hi!<br />

I love to read<br />

and learn new things.<br />

And now I can visit every<br />

CIVILIZATION in history.<br />

CHRISTINA<br />

Hey! How're you doing?<br />

I'm not as smart as Christina<br />

or as strong as Seldon,<br />

but I love ADVENTURE.<br />

VICTOR<br />

Can any <strong>of</strong> you guys<br />

think <strong>of</strong> a bigger thrill than<br />

traveling through time?<br />

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Hey! I make sure my<br />

cousin Christina and my<br />

pals, Victor and Ibis, don't<br />

get into any messes.<br />

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MEET THE GANG<br />

But I have to say that<br />

I'm not keen on<br />

that TIME MACHINE<br />

at all.<br />

Tee-hee!<br />

Me and Cali are<br />

real, real old.<br />

She's sixty-five million years<br />

old, and I was born in Egypt<br />

FOUR THOUSAND, FIVE<br />

HUNDRED years ago!<br />

SELDON<br />

CALI<br />

IBIS<br />

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Hmm. <strong>The</strong>re's no doubt that<br />

I'm the most important<br />

GENIUS in the world. I've<br />

made time travel possible!<br />

But I didn't foresee that Eternal<br />

Maleficent would try to interfere<br />

with my plans. I fear that the<br />

Explorers may be in danger.<br />

PROFESSOR<br />

SOCKRATES


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…AND US TOO<br />

What were Sockrates and<br />

his bunch <strong>of</strong> brats thinking?<br />

Nobody can get the better <strong>of</strong><br />

Eternal Maleficent, the greatest<br />

scientist in all HISTORY! Ha, ha!<br />

<strong>The</strong>y should be shaking<br />

in their shoes!<br />

I can become whoever I like,<br />

and they'll never find me out. If<br />

I had a soul, I'd even feel sorry<br />

for them! BWAHAHAHA!<br />

ETERNAL<br />

MALEFICENT<br />

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THE<br />

OLYMPIC<br />

GAMES<br />

OF<br />

GREECE


TO GREECE BY LIMOUSINE<br />

Seldon yawned as he waited to go into Cadaqués High. Victor<br />

looked around to make sure they couldn't be overheard and<br />

whispered to him:<br />

Haven't you got<br />

over the VIKING<br />

adventure yet?<br />

No, I haven't.<br />

Last night I dreamed that I was<br />

ROWING the drakkar all by myself<br />

from Greenland to Iceland.


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“And when I got there, I realized I'd left my BREAKFAST sandwich<br />

behind and had to go back and get it,” Seldon went on.<br />

“Jeepers! You have such tiring dreams!” joked Victor.<br />

Seldon yawned again.<br />

“Hey!” Christina warned as she ran over to them, pushing her way<br />

through the noisy crowd <strong>of</strong> students.<br />

“What's up?” her cousin asked.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> CANDIES!”<br />

“<strong>The</strong> candies? What…?”<br />

Christina had no time to explain any more. All <strong>of</strong> a sudden, she<br />

heard the sound <strong>of</strong> a CAR HORN honking insistently. All the school<br />

kids immediately ran over to see what was going on. Christina held<br />

on to the two boys to hurry them along.<br />

“<strong>The</strong> candies! It's Archie, he's come to pick us up.”<br />

“Cool!” exclaimed Victor.<br />

“We've just got out <strong>of</strong> one MESS, and something tells me that<br />

another one's right around the corner,” objected Seldon. He put<br />

his hand in his pocket, pulled out a handful <strong>of</strong> licorice candies that<br />

Gertrude had made, and put them in his mouth.<br />

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“Come on, animal,” Victor rebuked him. “One's enough.”<br />

“Mmm. Yum, yum. Gertrude'll give me some more.”<br />

A very long, pink LIMOUSINE was blocking the street where the<br />

school was.<br />

Hooooonk!!! Honk! Hooonk!<br />

<strong>The</strong> glass panel in the ro<strong>of</strong> slid open, and Ibis, who was standing on<br />

the back seat, stuck her head out. She immediately CLAMBERED<br />

UP onto the ro<strong>of</strong> and sat there with her legs dangling inside. Cali<br />

tried to stand up next to her friend, but she kept slipping down.<br />

Archie, in a chauffer's cap and the black and red striped WAISTCOAT<br />

he always wore, opened the door and got out. He looked around for<br />

the children. Ibis waved her arms about so they would spot her.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ornithosaurus, who still wasn't over the chill she'd caught by


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plunging into the freezing waters <strong>of</strong> the North Atlantic, sneezed<br />

and broke wind at the same time.<br />

Ibis cupped her hands and yelled, “Christina! Victor! Seldon! We're<br />

over here!”<br />

Cali tried to REPEAT this, but with little success. “CHRISTINA!<br />

ACHOO!!! VICTOR! PFFFT!!! SELDON!"<br />

“Coming!” replied Christina, dragging her friends to the limo.<br />

Seeing dozens <strong>of</strong> NOSY classmates blocking their way, Victor<br />

groaned, “We'll never get through.”<br />

“Oh, won't we?” Seldon asked slyly. “We'll see about that.”<br />

Seldon pushed through in no time at all. He looked like an<br />

AMERICAN FOOTBALL player player crossing the other side's<br />

defense. Victor followed him, as cool as a cucumber.<br />

Archie dipped the peak <strong>of</strong> his cap in greeting and opened the<br />

middle door to the limo.<br />

“Miss Christina, please be so kind as to climb in.”<br />

“Thank you, Archie.”<br />

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Holding the door open, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Sockrates' butler said, “I am<br />

pleased to see you again, young Miss and Masters. Have you eaten<br />

the candies?”<br />

“You bet! <strong>The</strong>y're real good, Archie,” replied Seldon. “I'll sit next to<br />

you; I get CARSICK if I don't ride shotgun.”<br />

Victor thought it was great that Ibis was sitting on the ro<strong>of</strong>, so he<br />

climbed up the back to be with her. She clapped her hands and<br />

laughed as she waited for him. He sat down next to her and said,<br />

“Ready when you are, Archie.”<br />

“If you don't mind, Master Victor, I should feel much happier if<br />

you and Miss Ibis did the journey seated inside the vehicle like the<br />

others, not on the ro<strong>of</strong>.”<br />

Feeling a little disappointed, Victor and Ibis sat next to Christina.<br />

Cali fell into the car headfirst. <strong>The</strong> butler then closed the door, put<br />

two fingers into a POCKET on the right-hand side <strong>of</strong> his waistcoat,<br />

and took out some green powder. He threw it into the air, and it<br />

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dispersed slowly, like a mist. <strong>The</strong> children around the limo stood<br />

stock-still, as if suddenly turned into blocks <strong>of</strong> ice.<br />

<strong>The</strong> green MIST slowly spread out and had the same effect on<br />

everyone that was enveloped by it.<br />

“That's awesome!” Victor exclaimed.<br />

“I guess we're protected thanks to the licorice candies,” said<br />

Christina, who was just as surprised but much more given to<br />

reflection. “But when the effect <strong>of</strong> the powder wears <strong>of</strong>f, we're<br />

going to have a lot <strong>of</strong> explaining to do. Also, anyone who comes<br />

across these human statues will get a shock.”<br />

“Don't worry, Miss Christina,” Archie reassured her. “<strong>The</strong> TIME-<br />

STOPPING powder will spread out over the whole town. Cadaqués<br />

will be cut <strong>of</strong>f from the world in a few minutes. When you come<br />

back, you'll have to throw a dose <strong>of</strong> time-starting powder to make<br />

everything normal again. Oh, excuse me. It would be convenient<br />

if nobody remembered this little incident. Allow me to use the<br />

FORGETTING powder.”<br />

<strong>The</strong> butler took a pinch <strong>of</strong> pumpkin-colored powder from his other<br />

pocket, the left one, and blew it so that it spread out over the group<br />

<strong>of</strong> teenagers who had been so excited moments ago. He put his cap<br />

back on and climbed into the limousine.<br />

“Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Sockrates is expecting you,” he said and set <strong>of</strong>f<br />

immediately.<br />

“Archie,” said Victor. “Have you got any <strong>of</strong> that powder left over?”<br />

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“If what Master is hinting is that he would like to use the timestopping<br />

powder and the forgetting powder for his own PERSONAL<br />

ends, I regret to inform him that Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Sockrates will not<br />

entertain the idea.”<br />

“Oh. Pity.”<br />

“Archie, can you honk the horn?” asked Ibis.<br />

“Naturally.”<br />

Hooonk! Hooonk!<br />

“Archie…”<br />

“Yes, Miss Christina.”<br />

“Is everything ready for our next MISSION?”<br />

“Yes, he has done all the calculations. I have the pleasure <strong>of</strong><br />

informing you that you are going to <strong>Greece</strong> today, to the <strong>Olympic</strong><br />

<strong>Games</strong> in the year 556 BC.<br />

Go back in time!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Time Clock takes you there<br />

through the Bibliochronohistories.<br />

Explorers, do you know what year<br />

the first modern <strong>Olympic</strong> <strong>Games</strong><br />

were held?<br />

1896.<br />

Pierre de<br />

Coubertin, founder<br />

<strong>of</strong> the International<br />

<strong>Olympic</strong> Committee<br />

will share his dream<br />

with you on page 160.


THE HERO'S WREATH<br />

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Go back in time!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Time Clock takes you there<br />

through the Bibliochronohistories.<br />

Zeus.<br />

Explorers, do you know which<br />

god ruled over all the others,<br />

according to the Ancient Greeks?<br />

<strong>The</strong> writer Agatha<br />

Christie will tell you<br />

about Greek mythology<br />

on page 163.<br />

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A GENIUS DRAWING<br />

ON THE GROUND<br />

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However accurate the coordinates put into the Time Machine<br />

were, there was no way <strong>of</strong> knowing beforehand exactly<br />

where the exit to the Time Tunnel would end up. It was usually<br />

someplace HIDDEN. Too well-hidden, sometimes.<br />

“This cave is real narrow. I can barely move,” Seldon grumbled<br />

when he came out <strong>of</strong> the Time Tunnel.<br />

“It's not a cave,” said his cousin. “It's a CRACK in the rock. If you<br />

look up, you can see the sky. Don't fret, we'll be out in a minute.”<br />

“I hope you're right. Meanwhile, Ibis, can you get Cali <strong>of</strong>f my head?<br />

Wretched critter!”<br />

“Tee-hee! Be a good girl, Cali.”<br />

Once they were outside, they looked around to see where they had<br />

come out.<br />

“What a RIDICULOUS mountain,” jeered Victor.<br />

“It's not a mountain,” explained Christina, “it's called the Hill <strong>of</strong><br />

Cronus. It's just a little hill above Olympia.”<br />

“Very little,” Seldon pointed out. “That's why there's no room for<br />

even one decent cave.”<br />

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“Look!” cried Ibis, breaking into a run. “<strong>The</strong>re's the path. Come on,<br />

Cali!”<br />

<strong>The</strong>y had walked less than fifty yards around the hill when they<br />

saw a view that left them SPEECHLESS.<br />

“So that's Olympia,” marveled Victor. He turned to Christina and<br />

asked, “You wouldn't happen to know what all those buildings and<br />

things are, by any chance?”<br />

“Of course, I do. I bothered to do a bit <strong>of</strong> research at the<br />

HYPERMEGASUPERBIBLIOMUSEUM while you were busy trying<br />

on sandals.”<br />

“It was Seldon that tried one pair after another. I found some that<br />

fitted straight away.”<br />

“What am I supposed to say to that?” asked Seldon defensively.<br />

“<strong>The</strong>y all squashed my feet! It was real hard to convince Gertrude<br />

to get me some bigger ones. She thinks I have feet like a flea. And


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Victor was no help, laughing all the time. By the way, I've brought<br />

a bag <strong>of</strong> walnuts. Want one?”<br />

“But we've barely even digested the language beans yet,” protested<br />

Christina. “I don't know how you can be so hungry. Ha, ha!”<br />

“I'll wait till we get to the STADIUM,” said Victor. “When I'm sitting<br />

comfortably watching the <strong>Games</strong>, I might feel like a little snack.<br />

How many spectators does it hold, Christina?”<br />

“Around forty thousand.”<br />

“Wow! Awesome! <strong>The</strong>re must be folks there from all over <strong>Greece</strong>.”<br />

“Yeah. In fact, there'll just be MEN,” Christina said unenthusiastically.<br />

“Men?” Seldon was surprised. “What about the women?”


“We're not allowed into the stadium.”<br />

“You must mean they can't compete?” Seldon tried to get his head<br />

around the situation.<br />

“No, I mean we're not allowed to access the stadium. It's<br />

FORBIDDEN. Unless we have some bright idea, Ibis and I will have<br />

to stay outside.”<br />

Seldon stopped dead and gave the two walnuts he was holding in<br />

his hand a hard squeeze. Tiny pieces <strong>of</strong> shell and nut fell to the<br />

floor.<br />

“Just a minute. You must've known that BEFORE we got into the<br />

Time Machine…”<br />

<strong>The</strong> pr<strong>of</strong>essor and I didn't<br />

say anything because we<br />

didn't want to worry you.<br />

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Seldon rolled his eyes and slapped his forehead with the hand that<br />

wasn't holding pieces <strong>of</strong> crushed walnut in it. Victor tried to calm<br />

him down.<br />

“Come on, Seldon. It's only a little HITCH. <strong>The</strong>re are lots <strong>of</strong> places<br />

you're allowed into, right Christina?”<br />

“Well, I'm not sure,” Christina admitted.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y carried on walking along the path that went down to<br />

Olympia. Seldon was muttering non-stop that the mission would<br />

be a DISASTER. Ibis and Cali came running back. While Cali pecked<br />

at the bits <strong>of</strong> nut that Seldon had dropped, Ibis said, “We went all<br />

the way to the end <strong>of</strong> the path. <strong>The</strong>re's a gate into the city that's<br />

being watched by two guards, and there are lots <strong>of</strong> people walking<br />

along a wide street that goes over a river. <strong>The</strong> guards let the men<br />

through but not the women. Weird, right?”<br />

“Huh!” muttered Seldon.<br />

“Oh,” the little girl went on, “and there's a very MYSTERIOUS guy<br />

near the entrance.”<br />

“Mysterious?” asked Victor.<br />

“Yeah. He's sitting down, drawing on the ground with a stick. Come<br />

on! You'll see.”<br />

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