The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales)

by Gerald Morris

Hardcover, 1998



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Fic Mor





HMH Books for Young Readers (1998), Edition: First Edition, 212 pages. $15.00.


In medieval England, fourteen-year-old Terence finds his tranquil existence suddenly changed when he becomes the squire of the young Gawain of Orkney and accompanies him on a long quest, proving Gawain's worth as a knight and revealing an important secret about his own true identity.

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212 p.; 5.5 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member aprildt
A retelling of some of Sir Gawain's quests, as seen through the eyes of his devoted teenaged squire, Terence. This author knows his Arthurian legends! This is a well-written, funny book. It is technically a young adult book, but that has never stopped me before!
LibraryThing member themulhern
An intelligent take on the various Arthurian Legend's written for young adults.
LibraryThing member JLsBibliomania
Gerald Morris has taken all of the Arthurian tropes, put them into a blender and shaken to come up with a new confection of stories centered around Gawain and his young squire Terence. He has the touch, so I found myself saying "is this a story I've read before, or not?" My 3rd grade son read and
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enjoyed The Squire's Tale. However, unlike some middle-grade and YA fiction, The Squire's Tale couldn't quite hold my adult interest.
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LibraryThing member les121
It took me a couple of chapters to really get into this book, but once I caught on to the kind of story Morris is trying to tell, I couldn’t put it down. Morris reimagines Arthurian legend in a way that’s fun, creative, and more than a little humorous. I quite enjoyed the characters; it was
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interesting to see figures like Gawain and Arthur given more dimension. The magical element is also intriguing, and I’m interested to see what role the magic-inclined narrator, Terence, plays in future stories. Overall, The Squire’s Tale is a very quick read - obviously meant for a younger audience - but I found it entertaining nonetheless. It’s a fast-paced, delightful romp. I look forward to reading more of Morris’ tales.
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LibraryThing member meghanas
I will love this series until the day I die. Gerald Morris has such a deft touch with humor, and it's so great with the drama and tragedy of Arthurian legends. This is my favorite lighthearted series. Also the romances are sweet!!
LibraryThing member wealhtheowwylfing
bratfarrar says, "whimsy and maturity and general decency are why I really like Diana Wynne Jones and Garth Nix and Gerald Morris. That is, each writes characters that I care about and worlds that I want to explore, and tells stories that make me want to be a better person."
LibraryThing member jen.e.moore
This is my favorite Arthurian fiction of all time, and I readily admit that it's entirely because Gerald Morris shares my stance on the original tales: the Celtic stories are fabulous, and the French stories are...kind of irritating. I love that his Arthur has a sense of humor; I love that his
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Faerie is slightly threatening; most of all I love that Gawain is the main character.
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LibraryThing member Sheila1957
Terence becomes the squire to Sir Gawain of King Arthur's Round Table. As they travel on their quest, Terence becomes aware of gifts that he has and he uses them to help in their quest. Sir Gawain becomes the Maiden's Knight.

I enjoyed this book. Some of the tales made me laugh out loud. Some
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sobered me up. I liked Terence and Sir Gawain. Some of the characters they meet are a hoot. I am going to track down more of the series.
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LibraryThing member et.carole
Try best King Arthur series ever written, and you'll be approaching truth.
LibraryThing member wvlibrarydude
A fun look at Sir Gawain and a new character in the time of the Round Table. While the humor abounds, I do wonder about the juvenile label. The themes seem a little mature (not "mature") for most kids to enjoy at the middle school age. I also liked how Terence comes of age with more wisdom and
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respect from his elders. Terence and Sir Gawain will haunt my thoughts until I revisit their further adventures in this series.
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