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Children's LiteratureFull of sparkling, witty dialogue, wry humor, and wonderfully appealing characters, this latest offering in Morris's Arthurian tales is one of the best. Sixteen-year-old Luneta feels trapped living with her parents in the isolated Orkneys and longs for a life of independence and adventure. Enter her young and handsome cousin Ywain who is headed to Camelot seeking knightly glory. Ywain offers to escort Luneta to her mother's friend Laudine's castle, stopping at Camelot on the way. On their journey, they meet Rhience, a traveling fool, wise in the way of fools. Luneta, Rhience, and Ywain find all the excitement they can handle and more. They meet Sir Gawain and King Arthur, rescue damsels in distress, the first of which is Lady Laudine, and triumph over some quite unsavory characters. Feisty Luneta grows and matures during their adventures and discovers true love in a most unexpected place. The author turns knightly chivalry on its ear with laugh-out-loud humor reminiscent of T.H. White. Pompous knights, fair simpering ladies, deliciously nasty villains all come alive as the three friends go on their way. Nothing is so satisfying as a successful sequel to a beloved series, and while this book certainly stands on its own as a distinct tale, readers are treated to another delightful romp through Arthurian England. 2005, Houghton Mifflin Co, Ages 9 to 12.