The Squire's Tale

The Squire's Tale

eBook - 2008
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"Well-drawn characters, excellent, snappy dialogue, detailed descriptions of medieval life, and a dry wit put a new spin on this engaging tale." Booklist, ALA "The author leaves some tantalizing questions, and the tale is filled with knightly derring-do." Horn Book "A 14-year-old boy lives the adventure of being a knight's squire in this novel based on the legends of Camelot. Terence seems a typical youth of medieval England, except for the rumors that he has faeries for parents and a guardian who remembers' the future. When Sir Gawain offers Terence the chance to become his squire, and to teach him how to become a knight, the lad agrees and soon the pair are on the road. Morris packs his story with plenty of familiar faces, including King Arthur, Merlin, and the Lady of the Lake, and the narrative is constructed of events drawn from Arthurian legend. There are plenty of sword fights and flashes of sorcery to delight readers, while the plot moves at a swift clip. Although the tale ends long before Terence earns his knighthood, he does learn the true identity of his parents, especially his father, Ganscotter the Enchanter. An author's note discusses the sources for the novel, providing plenty of additional territory for budding Arthurians to explore." Kirkus Reviews
Growing up an orphan in an isolated cottage in the woods, young Terence never expected much adventure. But upon the arrival of Gawain, his life takes a surprising turn. Gawain is destined to become one of the most famous knights of the Round Table. Terence becomes Gawain's squire and leaves his secluded life for one of adventure in King Arthur's court. In no time Terence is plunged into the exciting world of kings, wizards, knights, wars, magic spells, dwarfs, damsels in distress, and enchanters. As he adjusts to his new life, he proves to be not only an able squire but also a keen observer of the absurdities around him. His duties take him on a quest with Gawain and on a journey of his own, to solve the mystery of his parentage. Filled with rapier-sharp wit, jousting jocularity, and chuckleheaded knights, this is King Arthur's court as never before experienced.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008
ISBN: 9780547348766
0547348762
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (224 pages)
Call Number: eBook

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Tabaqui
Nov 06, 2016

A good retelling of the Arthurian legends which isn't too intense for younger ones first being introduced to them. I enjoyed it quite a bit, and the story of Terence's parents was a great twist. Overall, a family friendly story of chivalry and knighthood.

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peedub
Dec 19, 2015

I read a lot of books to my son who is now 9. He reads, but I read him stuff that he would not otherwise read.
I am a big fan of this series. Much of tween literature is laced with sarcastic, sardonic and pessimistic humor. While this is OK sometimes, I find the intensity of this trend in literature disturbing. This is why I welcome this series so much. It is thoroughly entertaining while remaining sincere and positive for the most part. That said, the first book in this series is not the strongest. It is very good, but the second and third books are even better. They provide all kinds of (safe) material for me to discuss gender roles, sexuality and hierarchy with my son.

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Supertechie
Nov 21, 2012

Best book EVER! Love the author and the series. I have read this book like 25 times! It ROCKS!

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joycie97
Apr 02, 2011

i love this series. the author has a way of making the charecters have a wry sense of humor that made me laugh out loud.its hilarious while action packed :)

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EllenThieme
Feb 09, 2010

Love, probably my favorite book in the series, this or The Squire's Quest, perhaps The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady.

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I LOVE this cover art.

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Nov 06, 2016

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peedub
Dec 19, 2015

peedub thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 99

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Jul 25, 2014

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Jul 25, 2014

Growing up an orphan in an isolated cottage in the woods, young Terence never expected much adventure. But upon the arrival of Gawain, his life takes a surprising turn. Gawain is destined to become one of the most famous knights of the Round Table. Terence becomes Gawain's squire and leaves his secluded life for one of adventure in King Arthur's court. In no time Terence is plunged into the exciting world of kings, wizards, knights, wars, magic spells, dwarfs, damsels in distress, and enchanters. As he adjusts to his new life, he proves to be not only an able squire but also a keen observer of the absurdities around him. His duties take him on a quest with Gawain and on a journey of his own, to solve the mystery of his parentage. Filled with rapier-sharp wit, jousting jocularity, and chuckleheaded knights, this is King Arthur's court as never before experienced.

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