Squire's Tale

Squire's Tale

Squire's Tales Book 1
by Gerald Morris
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Trade Paperback, 224 pages
List Price: $7.99 Sale Price: $6.79

Though Sir Lancelot enjoys more popularity, the greatest knight of the Round Table is arguably Sir Gawain of Orkney, nephew to King Arthur. In the Squire's Tale Gerald Morris sets out to remedy the shocking lack of good stories about Gawain. And he does so in a way that's both outrageously funny and charmingly irreverent.

Terence is a young boy who lives with a hermit in the woods. When he comes across Gawain, who is on his way to Camelot to become a knight of the Round Table, he agrees to become his squire. He and Gawain embark on a series of bizarre and hilarious quests involving lovesick knights, cruel ladies, stewpots, jousting, and magic. Along the way they must deal with Gawain's troubled past, and discover the secret of Terence's real parentage. But they also struggle with the true meaning of honor, loyalty, and what it means to be a knight of the Round Table. Be ever true to your God; protect always your neighbor; honor always your king.

Put aside all your preconceived notions of Arthurian legend. Nothing is safe or sacred in Gerald Morris' stories except King Arthur himself. The result is an entertaining look at the stories of the Round Table. Stripped of the abject romanticism (and highbrow language) of most serious retellings, the Squire's Tale is a fun adventure for young and old readers alike.

Review by Lauren Shearer
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Flaws Fighting/violence, Language
Summary: Young Terence becomes the squire to Sir Gawain.

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  The Squire's Tale
Andrew Y of MI, 6/28/2016
This book is about a hermit's servant named Terence. When out hunting he meets a knight and becomes his squire. When the hermit agrees Terence travels to Camelot with the knight. But their adventure turns into trying to uncover Terence's past. This book is a good adventure book with some action but is slow at the start.
  The Squire's Tale
Olivia R. of Oregon, 6/14/2016
The Squire's Tale was about a boy who lived wth a hermit because he had been abandoned when he was little. Then a man who was going to the king's court to become a knight made him his squire. The king made Gawain a knight, and then they set out to look for adventure. At the end of their adventures, they met a fairy who told them to walk across a lake and go through a door they would see. Read the book to find out what happens next.