The Squire's Tale

The Squire's Tale

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Life for the young orphan Terence has been peaceful, living with Trevecent the old Hermit in a quiet, isolated wood. That is, until the day a strange green sprite leads him to Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, who is on his way to Camelot hoping to be knighted. Trevecent can see the future and knows that Terence must leave to serve as Gawain's squire. From that moment on, Terence's life is filled with heartstopping adventure as he helps damsels-in-distress, fights battles with devious men, and protects King Arthur from his many enemies. Along the way, Terence is amazed at his skills and newfound magical abilities. Were these a gift from his unknown parents?

As Gawain continues his quest for knighthood, Terence searches for answers to the riddles in his own past.

Baker & Taylor
In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret

& Taylor

When young Terence meets Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, his quiet life is forever changed as he is asked to escort him to Camelot where he will become the king's new squire. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Laurel-Leaf Books, 2000, c1998
ISBN: 9780440228233
Characteristics: 212 p. ; 18 cm


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Apr 12, 2018

An old favourite. I love Camelot and I love knights and I love quests and I especially love medieval dresses. Meant for middle grade/YA but I enjoyed reading this again, especially after studying Malory and other medieval texts in university. I'm rereading these because my husband and I were building a 3D puzzle of the castle of Camelot and it put me in the mood after a slump of not reading anything for weeks.

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.

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.

Nov 21, 2012

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

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 :)

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.

I LOVE this cover art.

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Nov 06, 2016

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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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