The Squire's Tale

The Squire's Tale

by Gerald Morris
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The Squire's Tale by Gerald Morris

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780547348766
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/28/2008
Series: Squire's Tales , #1
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 458,519
File size: 278 KB
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

When Gerald Morris was in fifth grade he loved Greek and Norse mythology and before long was retelling the stories to his younger sister and then to neighborhood kids. He began carrying a notebook in which he kept some of the details related to the different stories. The joy he found in retelling those myths continued when he discovered other stories. According to Gerald Morris, “I never lost my love of retelling the old stories. When I found Arthurian literature, years later, I knew at once that I wanted to retell those grand tales. So I pulled out my notebook . . . I retell the tales, peopling them with characters that I at least find easier to recognize, and let the magic of the Arthurian tradition go where it will.” Gerald Morris lives in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his wife and their three children. In addition to writing he serves as a minister in a church.

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The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 63 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up one day in the library for a quick read between classes, and I have to say that I loved it. This book is full of dry humor, wit, and sarcasm, and is seriously funny. This is not just a book for children, but a book for the young at heart.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! It was amazing. It was so funny, really laugh-out-loud. After I finished with a test in my science class, we were told to read quietly while everyone else finished up with their test, and I read this book. BIG mistake! I was laughing (I really couldn't help it) while I was reading it. I forgot I was in science and my teacher had to tell me to be quiet. It was very funny, and so was the second one. I'd recommend this to absolutely anyone, and I do, too. I walk down the street, in stores, at the library, at the zoo, and recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first grabbed this book of a library shelf, I didn't think I'd be very interested but it turned out to be a very comical book. Although the plot is predictable and adventures common in Arthur Tales, the clever dialog and colorful cast make it an enjoyable read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book. You only have to read the first sentance to get COMPLETELY involved in it!! Terence was closer to my age so I bonded with him very easily because there is just a connection and he is a real human maybe he never really lived, but he acts real. Gawain is also another great character...I used to like Lancelot, but now I prefer Gawain. Not only do I have respect for Gawain, but I also feel a connection because he too was HUMAN!! There is just something about this book that you just have to love! And now that I know that there are more of these books, I know that more reading awaits... (I would reccomend this to kids 6th grade and up).
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Squire's Tale is a wonderful book that is well written, and it really inspires you in different ways, like to be the best that you can be and to give everything your all, and to trust your judgement, even in the worst situations. This book was greatly written. Gerald Morris can really bring the era of King Arthur alive! I recommend this book to everyone, and I think everyone should give it a try!
PirateQueen More than 1 year ago
I love the Squire's Tale and all of the subsequent books in the series. They include everything I look for in books: adventure, a noble hero, humor, and just a touch of romance. I highly recommend all of the books. I liked the Squire's Tale in particular because it is about Terence, the best character in all of the books. Terence is just starting his journey to his destiny. I loved reading about him learning what it truly means to be a hero. I also loved the twist on classic Arthurian legends. And I do mean legends plural as Gerald Morris mixes and matches the best parts of the stories. I also thought the humor was perfect and though it was somewhat irreverent, it was never too much. I think this is one of the best stories I have read. I recommend it to all, especially those who love fantasy/adventure novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, it is so supr serious and funny at the same time! I would highly recommend this book!
CrystalKira More than 1 year ago
This books has odd language at times where you might need to stop and think for a second what they said but otherwise its a wonderful story. Beautifully written, and you can really get into the mind of the character that is telling the story. You truly get a since of what is going on rather than merely 'watching' or spectating. A great book for any young adult that is unwilling to read. Makes you think.
Keli Lowman More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Sometimes didnt understand it but other than that i loved it.
Yasemin Clark More than 1 year ago
This is the book hat gotbme interwsted in readibg andinterested in arthinean mytology its agreat book both for kids an older readers
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turtle95 More than 1 year ago
I love this series. Couldnt put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny and exciting
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a fun read. It was quick to read, but held my attention all the same. I laughed out loud a lot. I just loved the humor and how the author kept to the original Arthurian tales, but put them in a friendlier, more humorous light! Really fun, a light book to cheer you up. I loved Sir Pelleas's part. I read it over and over to keep me chuckling! Read it!
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Anonymous 6 months ago
A quick read with likeable characters, and some new ones, if you enjoy stories concerning King Authors reign, I think you may enjoy this one
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book to read
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LauraPA More than 1 year ago
nice junior read with alot of action.
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KISA77 More than 1 year ago
I haven't finished the book as of yet, but I cannot wait to read it each day and hate to put it down. Find it to be a very interesting book and makes you feel as if you were really there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A new outlook on King Arthur tales that is written so both children and adults will thoroughly enjoy it. My grandson was taken in by the spell of the tales, moved to both excitement and sadness as the various episodes unfolded in a style not above his level nor below mine. Well done.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into the story immediately and was unable to put it down till the very last. If you love the Arthurian tales as I do you will absolutely love this alternate line following one of his knights... A sure fire pleaser for a lovers of chivalry and adventure.