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Morris, Gerald.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1998.
IL 5-8 RL 5.5
ISBN 0395869595

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Young Terrance never expected much adventure in his life.  He had been left at a hermitage after his mother died.  Trevisant, the hermit, was an interesting character.  He had the ability to see into the future but he couldn't remember the past.  When a stranger named Gawain arrives in the woods, Trevisant tells Terrance that he must go and become squire to Gawain.  Terrance doesn't want to leave but knows better than to disobey the hermit.  Gawain and Terrance set off to join King Arthur's court.  Neither knows what adventures await them.  There are duels with other knights and encounters with hags and faeries.  Join Terrance as he shares The Squire's Tale.

Booktalk #2

This story is set in the time of King Arthur.  Terrance, an orphan, has been raised by a great magician, not knowing who his parents are.  When Gawain shows up on his way to Camelot to become a knight, Terrace goes as his squire.  They meet King Arthur, who knights Gawain, and then set out on a series of quests. In their last adventure they break a spell cast by Gawain's mother which is killing Arthur.  It is then that we learn that Terrace is much more than he appears.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

Booktalk #3

Terrance was enjoying his peaceful life in the forest when a would-be knight, Gawain, arrives on the scene.  They travel to King Arthur's court where Gawain is made a knight and Terrance becomes his squire.  Together they travel on a long quest that proves Gawain's worth as a knight and Terrance finds out a secret about his own true identity.  If you like stories about medieval England and King Arthur's Round Table, then you will like A SQUIRE'S TALE by Gerald Morris. (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)

SUBJECTS:     Gawain (Legendary character) -- Fiction
                        Knights and knighthood -- Fiction
                        Magic -- Fiction
                       England -- Fiction.


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