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The Merlin Prophecy (Avalon High: Coronation Series #1)

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by Meg Cabot

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Being a new student at Avalon High has been exciting for Ellie, to say the least—she's an honor student, a star on the track team, and, oh yeah, dating the super-hot class president, Will. Who also happens to be the alleged reincarnation of King Arthur.

Ellie couldn't be happier to have Will in her life, but she's also worried that his estrangement from his


Being a new student at Avalon High has been exciting for Ellie, to say the least—she's an honor student, a star on the track team, and, oh yeah, dating the super-hot class president, Will. Who also happens to be the alleged reincarnation of King Arthur.

Ellie couldn't be happier to have Will in her life, but she's also worried that his estrangement from his parents is tearing him apart. To make matters worse, Will's doubt that he really is King Arthur could prevent the Merlin Prophecy—an age of enlightenment—from occurring. Can Ellie convince Will to believe in something that even she isn't sure about? And more importantly, can she get him to give his parents another chance?

With all the mythology and mysticism of avalon high, Meg Cabot's very first manga is indeed a tale for the ages.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—A popular YA novelist adapts her modern-day retelling of the Arthurian story (Avalon High, HarperTeen, 2005) into three manga-style graphic editions. Will, a star quarterback, and his friend Lance find themselves in a love triangle with cheerleader Jennifer. A new student, Ellie, representing the Lady of the Lake, comes to Will's aid in a face-off with his mean stepbrother Marco.
Publishers Weekly

This manga adaptation of Cabot's 2005 novel tells the story of a perfectly ordinary high school girl-who happens to be dating the reincarnation of King Arthur. Ellie Harrison moves to a new town and a new school, and soon finds herself drawn to Will Wagner, the football star. Her history professor Mr. Morton-or is that Merlin?-believes that Will is the reincarnation of England's legendary king and Ellie is the newborn Lady of the Lake. He enlists her help to persuade Will to accept his duty and conquer evil. The rest of the Arthurian cast is here as well-Lance, Will's best friend; Jennifer, Will's ex-girlfriend; Morgan, the high school's queen bee and Marco, Will's half-brother-and they play out the classic story with a high school twist. The vivid manga style brings the novel to life, with all the characters svelte and beautifully drawn. Unfortunately, a third of the volume is spent recapping the story so far, making this feel like a later book in a series, rather than the first. The story turns are predictable to anyone familiar with Arthurian myth, and the characters one-dimensional, but this adaptation should appeal to fans of the original work. (July)

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Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Avalon High: Coronation Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.43(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Avalon High

By Meg Cabot Tokyopop Copyright © 2005 Meg Cabot
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-427-80106-7

Chapter One And by the moon the reaper weary, Piling sheaves in uplands airy, Listening, whispers "'Tis the fairy Lady of Shalott."

"You are so lucky."

Trust my best friend Nancy to see things that way. Nancy is what you would call an optimist.

Not that I'm a pessimist, or anything. I'm just ... practical. At least according to Nancy.

Apparently, I'm also lucky.

"Lucky?" I echoed into the phone. "In what way am I lucky?"

"Oh, you know," Nancy said. "You get to start over. In a whole new school. Where no one knows you. You can be whoever you want to be. You can give yourself a total personality makeover, and there won't be anyone around to be all, 'Who do you think you're kidding, Ellie Harrison? I remember when you ate paste in first grade.'"

"I never thought of it that way," I said. Because I hadn't. "Anyway, you were the one who ate paste."

"You know what I mean." Nancy sighed. "Well. Good luck. With school and everything."

"Yeah," I said, sensing even over the thousand-mile difference between us, that, it was time to hang up. "Bye."

"Bye," Nancy said. Then added, "You're so lucky."

Really, up until Nancy said this, I hadn't thought there was anything lucky about my situation at all. Except maybe the fact that there's a pool in the backyard of our new house. We never had a pool of our own. Before, if Nancy and I wanted to go to the pool, we had to get on our bikes and ride five miles - mostly uphill - to Como Park.

I have to say, when my parents broke the news about the sabbatical, the fact that they were quick to add, "And we're renting a house with a pool!" was the only thing that kept down the vomit that started coming up in my throat. If you are a child of professors, sabbatical is probably about the dirtiest word in your own personal vocabulary. Every seven years, most professors get offered one - basically a yearlong vacation, so they can recharge and try to write and publish a book.

Professors love sabbaticals.

Their kids hate them.

Because would you really want to uproot and leave all your friends, make all new friends at a whole new school and just be getting to think, "Okay, this isn't so bad," only to have to uproot yourself again a year later and go back where you came from?

No. Not if you're sane, anyway.

At least this sabbatical isn't as bad as the last one, which was in Germany. Not that there's anything wrong with Germany. I still exchange e-mails with Anne-Katrin, the girl I shared a desk with in the weird German school I went to there.

But come on. I had to learn a whole other language!

At least with this one, we're still in America. And okay, we're outside Washington, D.C., which isn't like the rest of America. But everyone here speaks English. So far.

And there's a pool.

Having your own pool is a lot of responsibility, it turns out. I mean, every morning you have to check the filters and make sure they aren't all jammed up with leaves or dead moles. There's almost always a frog or two in ours. Usually, if I get out there early enough, they're still alive. So then I have to conduct a frog rescue expedition.

The only way you can rescue the frogs is to reach down into the water to pull the filter basket out, so I've ended up touching all sorts of really gross stuff that floats in there, like dead beetles and newts and, a few times, drowned mice. Once there was a snake. It was still alive. I pretty much draw the line at touching anything that is capable of sending paralyzing streams of poison into my veins, so I yelled to my parents that there was a snake in the filter basket.

My dad is the one who yelled back, "So? What do you want me to do about it?"

"Get it out," I said.

"No way," my dad said. "I'm not touching any snake."

My parents aren't like other parents. For one thing, other people's parents actually leave the house to go to work. Some of them are gone for as many as forty-five hours a week, I've heard.

Not mine. Mine are home all the time. They never leave! They're always in their at-home offices, writing or reading. Practically the only time they come out of their offices is to watch Jeopardy! and then they yell out the answers at each other.

No one else's parents know all the answers to Jeopardy! or yell them out if they do. I know, I've been to Nancy's house and seen the evidence for myself. Her parents watch Entertainment Tonight after dinner, like normal people.

I don't know any of the answers on Jeopardy! That's why I sort of hate that show.

My dad grew up in the Bronx, where there aren't any snakes. He completely hates nature. He totally ignores our cat, Tig. Which of course means that Tig is crazy about him.

And if my dad sees a spider, he screams like a girl. Then my mom, who grew up on a ranch in Montana and has no patience for spiders or my dad's screaming, will come in and kill it, even though I've told her a million times that spiders are extremely beneficial to the environment.

Of course, I knew better than to tell my mom about the snake in the pool filter, because she'd probably have come out and snapped its head clean off right in front of me. In the end, I found a forked branch, and pulled it out that way. I let it go in the woodsy area behind the house we're renting. Even though the snake didn't turn out to be that scary once I finally got the guts to save it, I kind of hope it doesn't come back.


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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.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i like REAL books not manga books and i just WISH REALLY BADLY that meg wouldve written the sequel regular
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librachic More than 1 year ago
Avalon high is one of the best graphic novels I've ever read,Full of romance,intrigue,fantasy.Definite must read if you love fantasy.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Fans of Meg Cabot are treated to a change in style by the author. Paired with artist Jinky Coronado, Ms. Cabot retells AVALON HIGH in a comic/manga style. Readers do not have to have read AVALON HIGH to follow this new version of the story.

Elle Harrison has just moved to Annapolis with her history buff parents. Almost immediately weird things start to happen. Her history teacher, Mr. Morton, explains it as the return of King Arthur and the Age of Enlightenment. Apparently Elle is the Lady of the Lake and the football star, Will Wagner, is Arthur reincarnated. Elle's parents totally believe the story. Will thinks it's all a joke. And Elle, she doesn't know what to believe. The pieces all seem to fit together perfectly. Is it too much of a coincidence?

What takes 300 pages to be told in the original young adult story is told in just over 100 pages via the comic version. Of course, many of the details are left out. But the drawings reveal the story beautifully. Elle has to try to convince Will that he is King Arthur before the Homecoming dance. If he doesn't accept that he is the reincarnated King, the Age of Enlightenment can not happen, and the world will be thrust into darkness. No pressure, right? And to make matters worse, Will's brother, Marco, previously thought to be locked safely in a mental institution, is now out, and no one may be safe.

This is my first foray into this book style. Having read AVALON HIGH, I must admit I enjoyed THE MERLIN PROPHECY more than I expected to. I was instantly drawn to Elle and her adventures. The pictures were very vibrant, even in black and white. The details were amazing, and the story unfolded quickly and smoothly. Of course, Ms. Cabot leaves the reader wanting to learn what comes next. Not even the original story reveals how all the characters turn out. The reader will just have to wait for the continuation in AVALON HIGH CORONATION VOL. 2: HOMECOMING, due out in June 2008.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love meg cabot books!!! i mean i use to hate hate books. in my school we have these things call book reports and i would never do them cuz i hate reading i think it the most boring thing ever but one day my counsler made pick a book so i went to the school's libary and i saw alvon high and the only reason i pick it was beacuase of the cover and i fell in love with the book it was sooo aswome now i cant stop reading books but i only read meg cabots im so stuck on her series of princees dairies meg cabot books are orginial i love alvon high its an orginal so when i heard thier another sequel i knew i had to get i havent read it but i know it will be aswome and for you people who hate it then you dont have any taste in books -xoxo rocker chic out
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love that Meg is trying her hand at manga- it's a great format and after reading the first volume of the sequel, there's great things to come from Meg and Jinky. Yes, the first book is recapped for most of it, which does sort of suck, but it's nice to see a different perspective to the original novel. Also, the reason for the recap is for those manga lovers who did not read the novel version, not necessarily for those who may have forgotten what happened in the novel. I think it's hilarious how some people are like 'Meg should stick to writing!' when she is still writing for the manga. She wrote the script and Jinky made the drawings based on all of that. For those wondering why there's a manga sequel and not a new manga series, it's because Meg tried to pitch ideas for a new manga series, but neither publisher liked them and suggested doing a manga sequel to one of her books. They agreed that Avalon High and Jinx had the best potential because of their paranormal element. The reason she did not write a novel version is because the story she had in mind for the manga sequel was not long enough to fill a full novel. Manga was the perfect avenue to put it across in. Also, in regards to the length, all the HarperCollins/Tokyopop mangas released last summer were all pretty short, most likely so they could see what the demand would be for them. The second and third volumes are going to be double the length of the first, so don't fear about the length anymore. And for those complaining about how long it took them to read, all mangas take less than an hour to read, so finishing this one in half an hour is not exactly a huge feat, nor is it totally surprising. This is how mangas work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was an okay book but too short!! She should just stick to the regular books Meg Cabot. You're a great writer but the sequal was okay but not as great as a real book.The first book was great and interesting. Don't get me wrong and say the sequal is not interesting. I enjoyed the artwork.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just got through reading the first Avalon High, and I LOVED IT! I was going to see if you had another one out, but I found the manga one (Avalon High: The Coronation). I think you should stick with writing. The first one (Avalon High) was great though! The best book I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the first one was just plain awesome, but this one was like the exact same with a little bit of new stuff.I guess it was OK but compared to the first one, it was very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i liked it a lil but i agree the manga style is way too short and it just isnt gonna beat the first one. so stick to writing meg!&#9829
Guest More than 1 year ago
it wasn't horrible but comparing to the first Avalon high this is truly disappointing It's better to just read Avalon high This was basically a retold of the story with a tiny bit of new drama
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like the manga-style,because it was too short, and it was like she went over the ending of the first book again. If she had put more effort into it and made it a actual book it would have been much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is about a girl who moves to a new town and school, meets new friends, and finds out she is the reincarnation of somebody in King Arthur's Court! I personally prefer the novel 'Avalon High' than the manga, but i recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Avalon High, it has a nice story about a girl who comes to realize that she may have been part of Camelot hundreds of years ago in another life, and that all the other people that were involved with that life in Camelot are here now as well. Can she help stop the evil forces that destroyed Camelot so long ago from doing it again, or will the world go into yet another Dark Age that it may never come out of? Jinky Coronado does beautiful illustrations for Avalon High so I'm glad that she'll be doing the next issue as well. I think Avalon High is worth checking out, and I'm looking forward to getting the next issue.