He was willing to go to hell to save his love.

He was the son of an immortal, and she was the daughter of a king. He was a singer and a poet famous for his magical voice and the glowing lyre given to him by Apollo.  She was a famous beauty, with a singing voice few mortals could match. It was only natural that they would fall in love. But there were no happily ever afters for Orpheus and Eurydice. On their wedding night, she was bitten by a snake and died.

The great singer laid down his lyre, unable to bear his grief. He could think of nothing but his lost love. But he wasn't the only one who mourned Eurydice. Her father mourned as well, refusing to eat or drink. And after weeks, to save the king's life, Orpheus agreed to play for him. After an hour of beautiful music, the king spoke for the first time in days, asking Orpheus to sing the poem of Persephone and Pluto, rulers of the world of night, Hades. And as he sang, Orpheus realized what he had to do. He had to go to that dark underworld, the world of the dead, and convince its rulers to let him bring Eurydice back.

There was little chance that they would allow it, and the journey would be long and dangerous. But Orpheus know he had to try. He couldn't face the thought of life without his only love by his side.

This booktalk was written by university professor, librarian, and booktalking expert Joni Richards Bodart.