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Meg Cabot's magical Arthurian epic continues . . . Manga style!

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Meanwhile, Mr. Morton is still convinced that Ellie's boyfriend, Will, is the reincarnation of King Arthur and that if Ellie doesn't help Will ...

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Overview

Meg Cabot's magical Arthurian epic continues . . . Manga style!

Will's dangerous brother, Marco, has been released from the mental hospital, and it seems as if he's turned over a new leaf. But Ellie isn't sure she trusts him yet, especially when she keeps having creepy nightmares about him every night.

Meanwhile, Mr. Morton is still convinced that Ellie's boyfriend, Will, is the reincarnation of King Arthur and that if Ellie doesn't help Will believe this, too, the world is going to end—this Friday. But all this won't stop Ellie from trying to pull off the big dinner party she's arranged to reunite Will with his parents . . . even though it might be a total disaster.

When you and your friends are reliving Arthurian legend, you can never catch a break!

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Editorial Reviews

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Cabot's tale of Arthurian legend relived by modern-day teenagers continues. Ellie-still not entirely convinced that she is the Lady of the Lake-wants to reunite Will (the reincarnation of King Arthur) with his estranged parents, but her plans are interrupted by the appearance of Will's half-brother Marco. Recently released from a mental hospital, Marco claims to no longer believe he is Mordred, but is he telling the truth? Or is it all a ploy to keep Will from accepting his true identity in time to save the world? And, in the meantime, will mean girl Morgan's schemes force Ellie out of the running for Homecoming Queen? Coronado's black-and-white illustrations add details not spelled out in the text, allowing readers to see (literally) the past and present incarnations of the characters. A promising series from a proven author.-Beth Gallego, Los Angeles Public Library, North Hollywood

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061177095
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: Avalon High: Coronation Series , #2
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. More than 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, Florida, with her husband.

Biography

Meg Cabot knows that one of the best cures for feeling gawky and conspicuous is reading about someone who sticks out even more than you do. Her books for young adults invariably feature girls who have extraordinary powers that carry extraordinary burdens. Cabot's Princess Diaries series offers up the secret thoughts of Mia Thermopolis, who discovers at age 14 that she is actually the princess of a small European country. This revelation adds significantly to her extant concerns about crushes, friendships, school, and other matters falling under adolescent scrutiny.

Cabot, a native of Indiana weaned on Judy Blume and Barbara Cartland, was already a successful romance novelist (as Patricia Cabot) before she began writing for young adults; her alter-alter ego, Jenny Carroll, began a new series shortly after The Princess Diaries debuted. The Carroll books are divided between the Mediator series, starring a girl who can communicate with restless ghosts; and the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU books, in which a girl struck by lightning acquires the ability to locate missing people.

Cabot writes her books in a conspiratorial, first-person style that resonates with her readers. She has obviously kept a grip on the vernacular and the key issues of adolescence; but what makes her books so irresistible is the mixing of the mundane with the fantastic. After all, who wouldn't like to wake up and be a princess all of a sudden, or a seer? Cabot takes such offhand notions and roots them firmly in the details of average, middle-class American life. She has also tiptoed into mystery and paranormal suspense with other YA novels and series installments.

Cabot continues to write adult novels under various permutations of her given name (Meggin Patricia Cabot): from 19th-century historical romances to contemporary chick lit. And, as with her books for teens, these romances have earned praise for their lighthearted humor and well drawn characters.

Good To Know

Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Cabot:

"I am left handed."

"I hate tomatoes of any kind."

"I really wanted to be veterinarian, but I got a 410 on my math SATs."

"Writing used to be my hobby, but now that it's my job, I have no hobby -- except watching TV and laying around the pool reading US Weekly. I have tried many hobbies, such as knitting, Pilates, ballet, yoga, and guitar, but none of them have taken. So I guess I'm stuck with no hobby.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Meggin Patricia Cabot (full name); Patricia Cabot, Jenny Caroll
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991
    2. Website:

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Avalon High: Coronation #2: Homecoming

Chapter One

The thing is, my luck's always been rotten. Just look at my name: Jean. Not Jean Marie, or Jeanine, or Jeanette, or even Jeanne. Just Jean. Did you know in France, they name boys Jean? It's French for John.

And okay, I don't live in France. But still. I'm basically a girl named John. If I lived in France, anyway.

This is the kind of luck I have. The kind of luck I've had since before Mom even filled out my birth certificate.

So it wasn't any big surprise to me when the cab driver didn't help me with my suitcase. I'd already had to endure arriving at the airport to find no one there to greet me, and then got no answer to my many phone calls, asking where my aunt and uncle were. Did they not want me after all? Had they changed their minds? Had they heard about my bad luck—all the way from Iowa—and decided they didn't want any of it to rub off on them?

But even if that were true—and as I'd told myself a million times since arriving at baggage claim, where they were supposed to have met me, and seeing no one but skycaps and limo drivers with little signs with everyone's names on them but mine—there was nothing I could do about it. I certainly couldn't go home. It was New York City—and Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted's house—or bust.

So when the cab driver, instead of getting out and helping me with my bags, just pushed a little button so that the trunk popped open a few inches, it wasn't the worst thing that had ever happened to me. It wasn't even the worst thing that had happened to me that day.

I pulledout my bags, each of which had to weigh fifty thousand pounds, at least—except my violin case, of course—and then closed the trunk again, all while standing in the middle of East Sixty-ninth Street, with a line of cars behind me, honking impatiently because they couldn't pass, due to the fact that there was a Stanley Steemer van double-parked across the street from my aunt and uncle's building.

Why me? Really. I'd like to know.

The cab pulled away so fast, I practically had to leap between two parked cars to keep from getting run over. The honking stopped as the line of cars that had been waiting behind the cab started moving again, their drivers all throwing me dirty looks as they went by.

It was all the dirty looks that did it—made me realize I was really in New York City. At last.

And yeah, I'd seen the skyline from the cab as it crossed the Triboro Bridge... the island of Manhattan, in all its gritty glory, with the Empire State Building sticking up from the middle of it like a big glittery middle finger.

But the dirty looks were what really cinched it. No one back in Hancock would ever have been that mean to someone who was clearly from out of town.

Not that all that many people visit Hancock. But whatever.

Then there was the street I was standing on. It was one of those streets that look exactly like the ones they always show on TV when they're trying to let you know something is set in New York. Like on Law and Order. You know, the narrow three- or four-story brownstones with the brightly painted front doors and the stone stoops ....

According to my mom, most brownstones in New York City were originally single-family homes when they were built way back in the 1800s. But now they've been divided up into apartments, so that there's one—or sometimes even two or more families—per floor.

Not Mom's sister Evelyn's brownstone, though. Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted Gardiner own all four floors of their brownstone. That's practically one floor per person, since Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted only have three kids, my cousins Tory, Teddy, and Alice.

Back home, we just have two floors, but there are seven people living on them. And only one bathroom.

Not that I'm complaining. Still, ever since my sister Courtney discovered blow-outs, it's been pretty grim at home.

But as tall as my aunt and uncle's house was, it was really narrow—just three windows across. Still, it was a very pretty townhouse, painted gray, with lighter gray trim. The door was a bright, cheerful yellow. There were yellow flower boxes along the base of each window, flower boxes from which bright red—and obviously newly planted, since it was only the middle of April, and not quite warm enough for them—geraniums spilled.

It was nice to know that, even in a sophisticated city like New York, people still realized how homey and welcoming a box of geraniums could be. The sight of those geraniums cheered me up a little.

Like maybe Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Ted just forgot I was arriving today, and hadn't deliberately failed to meet me at the airport because they'd changed their minds about letting me come to stay.

Like everything was going to be all right, after all.

Yeah. With my luck, probably not.

I started up the steps to the front door of 326 East Sixty-ninth Street, then realized I couldn't make it with both bags and my violin. Leaving one bag on the sidewalk, I dragged the other up the steps with me, my violin tucked under one arm. I deposited the first suitcase and my violin case at the top of the steps, then hurried back down for the second suitcase, which I'd left on the sidewalk.

Avalon High: Coronation #2: Homecoming. Copyright © by Meg Cabot. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2008

    umm, okay... manga?

    Why don't you just write a REAL sequel to the REAL book? It would make me happier... and I am sure it would make a bunch of other people happier, too. Manga... how ridiculous.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    ugh

    i hate manga and anything to do with it. I was very dissappointed when i read that it wasn't going to be an actual book. I can understand her wanting to do something different but not this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2008

    uhmmm?

    i was really disappointed. i got really excited when i thought there was an actual sequal to avalon but nooo! it was a manga! i agree she should just write an actual sequal to the book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2008

    I know..it's really dissapointing....-.-

    psh....I thought that there would be a sequel in a book, not manga. I mean, I love manga. But this type of book deserves to be in written pages, not just illustrations. I liked the first book, Avalon High, but the manga was just...well, I hate it. But I love Meg's other books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    why is it in manga style i read the 1st book in regular writing

    why is it in manga style i read the 1st book in regular writing and couldnt wait to read the next so i looked it up and saw it was only in manga style.Why?! What if you dont like that type of book and just want a regular book like me now im stuck with huge cliffhanger from the 1st book(in regular form)and cant find out what happens? No fair i really want a REAL sequel to the book.Um please if there is a regular version of the 2nd book of avalon high series please tell me!!!!!

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  • Posted November 1, 2008

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    Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

    Meg Cabot and Jinky Coronado are back in a second installment of the AVALON HIGH CORONATION series. HOMECOMING is Volume 2 of the continuation. <BR/><BR/>Will's brother, Marco, has been released from the psychiatric hospital. Marco corners Ellie at the local park to convince her that the idea of Will being the incarnation of King Arthur is totally foolish. Marco starts to convince Ellie that even he no longer believes that he's involved in the foretold prophecy. But the two are interrupted by the arrival of Morgan, Marco's girlfriend. <BR/><BR/>Morgan has it out for Ellie and does everything she can to get her to withdraw from the Homecoming Queen race. Ellie is hardly concerned because she's convinced that her friend, Jennifer, is meant to win the title anyway. So putting thoughts of Homecoming out of her mind, Ellie is determined to get her boyfriend, Will, reconnected with his estranged family. <BR/><BR/>Will's family doesn't have any time for the silly notion of the reincarnation of King Arthur, and unless Will chooses the path his father wishes him to pursue, his father has little to say to him. <BR/><BR/>The dinner goes horribly wrong, and Ellie is troubled by nightmares. Her World Civ teacher reminds her that everything that has occurred has already been foretold. If she doesn't convince Will that he's the reincarnation by the Hunter's Moon the following night, chaos will ensue. Nothing like having the weight of the world on your shoulders on top of all the other struggles of high school <BR/><BR/>This follow-up to THE MERLIN PROPHECY is just as stunningly crafted as that first book. The artwork tells the story that Meg Cabot has created in beautiful detail. The story is easy to follow and the ending leaves the reader dangling, waiting for the next part of the story in Volume 3, HUNTER'S MOON.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2008

    ihatebooks

    im back i totallly recommend this book it was aswome i was lost in the ending i dont really understand the ending it wasnt great but over all it was a great book okay its way shorter but i think its exciting seeing visual about it you just want on keep on reading it i love the book give it a chance

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    Great New Form for Meg's Writing

    For all of you whining about it being a real sequel, it IS a real sequel. It follows the event in the first book, therefore it's a sequel. The form it takes is irrelevant. Give the manga a chance- it's a fantastic new way of getting Meg's writing out to a new audience, and a new way for her to express herself. I personally LOVED the manga because I'm an anime/manga fan to begin with, and having my favorite author mixed with a favorite interest of mine is just like heaven on earth. And you'll have to get used to manga sequels- Jinx is getting a manga sequel as well. And no amount of complaining is going to get Meg to write a novel sequel. If she had wanted to do that, she would've done it instead of the manga. She felt that manga suited the story (which wasn't long enough for a full novel anyway) and went with it. It's her choice, not yours, so get over it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    Honestly

    I just wanted to state for the record that Meg Cabot had no real say in the Manga, HarperTeen hooked up with TokyoPop a popular Manga distributer, and it was decided that Cabots sequal to Avalon would come out as a series of three Manga books. Homecoming is the second of that series. I had no real protest to the first, it was mostly a recap of the book, but I am looking forward to reading this one and have just ordered it...

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