THE SQUIRE'S TALE by Gerald Morris

THE SQUIRE'S TALE

Age Range: 12 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

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. (Fiction. 12-14)

Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-395-86959-5
Page count: 212pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 1998




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