The Squire's Tale

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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age 9+

Delightfully warmhearted Arthurian tales.

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This easy read is probably at a 5th grade reading level. It begins with a orphaned boy who lives with a kind hermit and finds that he has some gift pthat allows him to see fairies. The tale clearly shows that it is different than the fairies of the modern age and are much like the fairies of the Middle Ages, which became more clear when I read the auhor's note in the back of the book. These are stories that have been told by generations of storytellers regarding King Arthur and the Knights of the Toubd table. He explains that these have been around since the late 1400s. It is soon clear that the stories of knights are gruesome. Terence the young boy becomes the squire of a man who aspires to be a knight of King Arthur. The newly knighted Gawain and his squire Terence are sent on a quest by King Arthur that brings in the mysteries of Terence of where he is from that he has enchanted dreams or enchanted experiences laced through the story. There is a shocking bit of violence as Gawain encounters another knight who in the midst of his fight uses his wife as his shield and as she is thrown to the side by Gawain, she returns to aid her husband and Gawain accidently choqqps off her another separate event a woman begs that a villain knight be killed as he has killed her brother and because of her bloodthirsty nature the head of her villain is given to her and she is required to have his head tied to her body on her return journey to King Arthur. These are the most gruesome stories in the book, but are a bit more than I would want my 5th-7th grader read. It has a strong thread of moral choices as Gawain is a man who chooses to make his quest to rescue ladies in distress and to aid the weak. He is a commendable character and a strong leader for boys who read this to see the strength, integrity, compassion and determination of a male character. If you don't mind th chopping off of a couple of heads and you are fascinated with the stories of King Arthur you'd probably enjoy this book. It has some mystery laced in the story as you learn the heritage of Terence and Gawain, this keeps the reader curious to finish the book and discover along with Terence why he sees things so one else sees.

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