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Arthur: The Seeing Stone
by Kevin Crossley-Holland (more about Kevin Crossley-Holland) 1447/373 first published 2000
Historical Fiction for ages 9 to 15 published by Orion Children’s Books
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
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Mrs Mad's Mum's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
First book in a trilogy which merges the Arthurian legends with a story set in medieval England.
What happens?
It is 1199, the time of Richard the Lionheart and the Crusades, and Arthur de Caldcot wants desperately to become a Knight when he grows up. One day a friend of his fathers gives Arthur a shining black stone and the boy begins to see tales of King Arthur which compare to his own life and problems. What does his father want him to be? A monk or a knight? And is he really his father?
Is it easy to read?
Boys and girls will enjoy this, particularly if they have an interest in history. Quite a long book to read so will need good level of concentration. If you like Harry Potter this could be a good book to try.
Anything else?
Very enjoyable book, anyone with an interest in the Arthurian Legends will find it interesting. The descriptions of everyday life in those times are fascinating. Certain elements of the story keep you guessing right up to the end. The atmosphere and descriptions are brilliant. Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award 2000 and the Smarties Prize 2000.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad's Mum.
The publisher reckons...
The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches, where young Arthur de Caldicot practises his tilting and archery, learns to be a dutiful page to his father, and waits impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his father's friend Merlin gives him a shining black stone. When Arthur starts to see stories in the stone, his life quickly becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the boy who pulls the sword from the stone. In this many-layered novel, King Arthur is seen as a figure for... read more
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