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A Perfect Gentle Knight

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  433 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Kit Pearson’s long-awaited new novel tells the story of the six Bell children, each of them coping in various ways in the aftermath of their mother’s death. Set in the 1950s and seen through the perspective of the middle child, 11-year-old Corrie, Pearson’s story illustrates how a rich fantasy life both helps and hinders children trying to cope with loss, loneliness, and g ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by Puffin Canada
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Shawn Bird
This book seemed to have an identity crisis. The main character is 11, and it read a lot like a children's book, but it was set up as a baby boomer memoir, casually referring to events and objects that would be foreign to 11 year olds without any context or explanation. The themes are big: loss, mental illness, coming of age. I think perhaps they are too big for this 164 page format, and too big for 11 year old Corrie to do justice to on her own. I would have loved to see this story twice as lon ...more
There are many things that can tip me towards buying a book when I am on browsing, and on this particular occasion that thing was an picture of an elderly border terrier, sitting on the lap of the author. I thought of my lovely Pip, who turned just as white as Kit Pearson’s lovely Poppy, and I told myself that a story of a large family of children who imagined themselves to be Knights of the Round Table was exactly what I needed. Because border terrier people understand. It was – and she did.

When I was younger, I used to look for a new Kit Pearson book every time I went into a bookstore. I did this for many years and never found one. I finally started forgetting to look. Imagine my happiness when I started my children's lit class in January and found this!

I hadn't read any of her work in years and I had that moment of wondering that I always feel when I go back to something I liked a long time ago: will I still think this is good or was I just young? In this case, I still think Pear
I have been a fan of Pearson since I was a child, and thought I had read all of her books until I came across this one in the elementary school library I work at. It was very well written, and a great story of family bonds and overcoming hardship and struggle.
Kit Pearson is one of those authors whose children's books are better for adults than for kids. I remember reading Awake and Dreaming as a child and hating it because is was scary to me in some deep and creepy way. A friend of mine got a bit traumatized from A Perfect Gentle Knight when Sebastian was found naked after his mental breakdown. However, now as a teen who cannot read about anything to do with mental illness, Kit Pearson's gentle way of exploring issues like poverty or mental illness - ...more
*sigh* This book is so comforting to me. It was given to me by a relative for Christmas years ago and I've re-read it nearly every year since then. I may have been a teenager when I received it, but it feels like one of those books I've owned and read since I was a little kid. It has that nostalgic factor.

This book is definitely one of my all time favourites, and there's therefore many things I love and appreciate about it. It's a fairly simple book, in both how it's written and the message it's
A good book, very sad. I felt SO sorry for poor little Corrie, trying so bravely to deal with way too much responsibility for an 11-year-old. The story covered a lot of deep issues like mental illness and coping with the death of a parent in an interesting and realistic way, and I loved the characters and the writing style.

However! I did have issues with two things.

1. I didn't think the 1950s setting added anything. In some ways it made sense, but in others it didn't really work. The book was t
Andrea Wall
I first read this book in Grade Six or Seven, which is what age this book should be read at. I remember crying and being all impacted and whatnot by this book. I have to say that it lost some of it "shocking-ness" now that I'm older, but that does not mean this isn't a great book!!

This book looks a lot of big issues, and a lot of deep stuff and keeps it simple. I guess that's what I like about it. Sometimes things can be complicated and not complicated at the same time. This is how life is for
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When I was younger I read Kit Pearson's Awake and Dreaming and practically abosrbed it I read it so fast. This is my second book of Pearson's and she had me hooked agian. Her characters are so real and I feel so much empathy for Corrie I could almost see it play out before me like a play. The dialoge was more mature for children I often forgot that this was a children's book.

What I love about this book is how it delves into the possiblity that imagination and pretending can hinder a person from
Shonna Froebel
This tale of eleven-year-old Corrie Bell and her family takes us into a tale of a family coping with loss. Corrie's mother died in an accident three years ago, and she and her siblings have found comfort in a fantasy world of the Round Table, where they abide by the rules of knights. Their father, always absent-minded, has retreated into his work as a Shakespearean professor and a succession of housekeepers does the basics of what the house requires. Corrie and her older siblings, Roz (13) and S ...more
Pearson has such a soft touch when dealing with tough subjects like grief and family dysfunction. Even though this story is set almost 60 years ago, the way the main character Cordelia, and her siblings relate to one another and the confusing grownup world unfolding above them feels timeless. Pearson shares a little about her own growing up experiences which added colour to this book here:
Une belle histoire de fatrie qui a choisi de se réfugier dans le jeu, les rêves et la lecture pour se consoler de la perte de leur maman. Pas de place pour la sensiblerie, et c'est tant mieux, même si la détresse de la famille Bell est évidente (elle sera, toutefois, traitée avec finesse, pour le bien de tous). L'auteur a vraiment réussi à décrire la notion de cocon, de refuge donc, au sein de cette grande maison, et on comprend la difficulté de vouloir en sortir alors que ce n'est pas la soluti ...more
I'd say this one was surprisingly great but it's kit pearson so that shouldn't be too surprising :) I loved reading this even as a young adult
I treasured this book when I was younger. It was a bit confusing but so tragically beautiful.
What an amazing story! I really liked the references to the knights of the round table!
It took me a while to figure out the setting, which bothered me a little.
What a lovely story. Pearson made these characters so real, so vulnerable I fell in love. I wanted to wash the twin's hands, talk boys with Roz, skate with Corrie, and joust with Sebastian. I also appreciated the tenderness Pearson used to handle the disabilitating nature the death of a mother can have on young children.
I also liked the length. Too many YA authors feel they need to include every detail of every setting, character, etc that the story is bogged down. Pearson is a master at storyte
Alexandra Robertson
Kit Pearson was my favourite author when I was in elementaary school. I still have my copies of 'A Handful of Time', 'Awake and Dreaming', and all of 'The Guests of War' series. I was in love, so when I found this book at a book grab sale I was so excited.
Overall it was an interesting book, and I loved the focus on Arthur and the Round Table. I thought that it was really interesting and unexpected. I have definitely grown out of her writing, but I passed the book on to my sisters who are both t
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Meh. This book was alright. I applaud Pearson for writing something unique, but I didn't connect with the characters, therefore, none of their sorrows and pains touched me. Also, the story didn't read as lyrical as
The Maestro, but for some odd reason, APGK book has better ratings than the latter.

Overall, I'm really pleased with the selection of books Dr. West picked for us to read. But so long, my summer break starts now.
Sometimes children escape from the pain of reality by playing imaginary games. Really nothing wrong with that unless it goes to the extreme which it does in this book "A Perfect Gentle Knight" by Kit Pearson. You really feel for children who have lost a parent. Losing a loved one is difficult enough but for children, the pain is unimaginable. I thought this book to be touching and real. A great book for children.
this book is about a girl named Corrie ( short for cordelia) she faces many hardships with her best friend and her family. her brother sebastein goes upset/ crazy over a girl that dumped him. then her new best friend gets mad at Corrie for not telling what's wrong and letting her come to Corrie's house anymore. will everything be solved?? well... READ the BOOK to find OUT!!!
This was a touching story about an eleven year old girl who's family is falling apart in her hands. I absolutely fell in love reading this, and didn't put the book down until I finished a few hours later. Well written, well spoken, and beautiful, I recommend this book to everyone of all ages.
Ashley Chen
.........yikes. I was wishing this was good but man oh man was it ever so boring. Nothing happened for the most part in the first 80% of the book then stuff happened and boom, it is over. Happy ending viola. Honestly don't see the beauty in it.
Miss Clark
The fact that it ended up in The Bog is more from a lack of interest on my part than from an actual lack of good writing style, which was decent enough. I simply did not care for the story, nor the characters, enough to make the effort to finish it.
I enjoyed this book, but would definitely say that it is for higher level readers and probably not appropriate for any grade lower than six. It also has more girl appeal, especially as it touches on some sad, sort of heart wrenching topics.
This was not what I expected. I had trouble with it at first because it took me a while to figure out that it didn't take place in the present. Once I figured that out it was easier, and the story ended up being quite heart-wrenching.
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Aaaaah <3
Just like all Kit Pearson's other books. So vivid. All the right details (that sounds wrong...) which draw you into the story and make you want to finish it, yet not finish it because then it'll be gone forever *sob*
Macklin Claire
This is one of those books where I felt the house played a role in the story. It was just so present. The way the children's rooms were described and the backyard where the kids played the game.
Zora Chen
Outstanding story, but the content could be more compact. A perfect realistic book for gr.8 to gr.9 students, simple vocabulary and umpredictable plotline.
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Kit Pearson spent her childhood between Edmonton Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. As a high-school student, she returned to Vancouver to be educated at Crofton House School. She obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Alberta, and spent several years following the degree doing odd jobs or travelling in Europe.
In 1975, she began her Library degree at the University of B
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