The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales, #1)
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The Squire's Tale (The Squire's Tales #1)

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Life for the young orphan Terence has been peaceful, living with Trevisant, the old Hermit in a quiet, isolated wood. That is, until the day a strange green sprite leads him to Gawain, King Arthur's nephew, who is on his way to Camelot hoping to be knighted. Trevisant can see the future and knows that Terence must leave to serve as Gawain's squire. From that moment on, Ter...more
Mass Market Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 11th 2000 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 11th 1998)
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Scribbler King
This book is absolutely HILARIOUS!!!

I was first introduced to this book through my brother, who was reading aloud to my mother. I stopped when I heard something about 'Sir Hatubris' (I don't think I spelled that right) and was laughing after only a few sentences.

Basically, this boy named Terence who has lived with a hermit his whole life meets Gawain, who is on his way to King Arthur's court to try and become a knight. Terence ends up becoming his squire through an odd little twist and off they...more
Nikki
The Squire's Tale is quite a light treatment of the Arthurian legend, suitable for young readers and an enjoyable -- but very quick -- read for adults too. I've had it on my list for a long time, but I only actually eventually bought it because supposedly the series has a sympathetic Kai, and my dissertation is on the various permutations of Sir Kay.

This one, however, would've been more useful for my Gawain essay. It turns a lot of the stories, even Malory's, to Gawain's advantage, and plays up...more
Amy
Despite the fact that my library has had this book since as long as I can remember and doubly despite the fact that you'd think in at least one of my rambles through the teen section I'd have picked it up, I just never have. In fact, it was Anna who got it from the library. I think I might have read a different book in the series once, but that was a very long time ago and out of order to boot. I might have avoided it because the story is an Arthurian legend and I've had some bad experiences wit...more
Emma
I LOVED THIS BOOK. Amazing. The whole series, actually
Mallorie
Just not my thing. Found the interactions between characters forced and stilted rather than genuine. The book didn't move from scene to scene in small steps but flew between them from one place talking about going to place "b" then BAM at place "b" dealing with a situation. It is a style I do not prefer (but then, I'm well aware I do not speak for everyone).
Lo
I read this book about a week ago so things may be a bit muddy.

The main reason I didn't like it was because the characters were constantly discussing what was and was not lady-like. I understand that this was set in a time period where women were expected to be polite and not do certain things, and if they only discussed it a couple of times I would be fine, but I was encountering one of these conversations in every single chapter! There's got to be some kind of limit.

While the beginning intrigu...more
Andrea
This is the first in a series of King Arthur adventures from the viewpoint of Morris's created character, a squire for one of the Knights of the Round Table. The story manages to capture the mood of the Arthurian setting. I enjoyed it and found the perspective to be fresh and funny. I recommend this book for Middle School aged children (My daughter found it in her middle school library and devoured the entire series!), but I also enjoyed it as an adult. What I liked: the squire's character, the...more
Sherrie Lynn
I love this book. I don't know much about what is true and what isn't as far as Arthurian legends go (honestly... who does?), but I really love this story. It is based in medieval times when King Arthur ruled England. It follows a boy named Terence from humble circumstances who becomes a squire to a Gawain who is off to become a knight. Throughout the book they face many adventures together with quests and learning more about themselves and others. The main quest they encounter together is one q...more
Julie
Terrence comes from where he knows not, but was raised by a wise and humorous magician who sees the future but forgets the past. Terrence is lucky to be picked up by a soon-to-be Knight of King Arthur's Round Table, Sir Gaiwan, and together they begin their life of questing. As they seal their friendship, Sir Gaiwan and Terrence manage to find adventure, magic, love, and possibly where Terrence really comes from. A fantastic, funny, medieval tale, filled with a kooky and lovable cast of characte...more
Jenalee
Apr 13, 2011 Jenalee rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Young Arthurian Lovers
Shelves: ya, re-read, arthurian, fiction
I read this book many years ago and quite enjoyed it and while it is still a fun read, I think I've a bit outgrown it which makes me terribly sad. It's very fun, the characters are lovely and I still harbor a ridiculous love for Robin, but it's a really quick read for me now. I have the next couple of books in the series and I'm going to re-read them too because there are later books I haven't read yet, so I'm sure it's going to be fun and enjoyable, I just don't think it will be more than brain...more
Carrie Slager
I have loved the legend of King Arthur ever since my English teacher introduced it to me in grade 5. Everyone has heard different versions of the same story, but that’s the beauty of the Arthurian legends: they grow and change with time, as they were meant to. In The Squire’s Tale Gerald Morris takes an interesting approach, as he states in his author’s note. He is “trying to restore the reputation of this most honored of all knights on earth.” It’s not Lancelot, but Gawain, The Maiden’s Knight....more
Rushna
This book is about Terence, a boy who doesn't know about his parents or past. He soon meets a knight, Gawain, who wishes to be a knight of the round table of King Arthur. Through his adventures as Sir Gawain's squire, he meets new people, faces new challenges, and is able to answer the question of who is he and who are his parents.
This book is okay, the descriptions were pretty well, but other than that, I thought the plot was a little weak and the ending didn't come out too well.
Annie
The first 150 pages read like a hodge podge of Arthurian legends smooshed into one book with a young protagonist thrown in. I considered not finishing for a while, but then the last 60 pages were fantastic! This would be a lot better if there was less Gawain (jousting, sparring, boasting, tale telling ... bo-ring) and a lot more Terence (unknown parentage, fairy visions ... yes, please). But ultimately it's a pretty good, fresh take on some old tales.
Ariana
I have a special place in my heart for books in which the protagonist has a strong, good character. Despite the choice of being mildly selfish, or denying one's own wishes, these characters choose to act in moral ways that strongly benefit those around them.

Terence is such a character. He learns to be a squire and serves his master and any that have need of his help to the best that he capable. I really loved this book. (I don't five-star lightly)
Katie
I love this author's humor. It's witty and sarcastic, just my cup of tea. Plus, there are knights, squires, and King Arthur legends galore in these books, so how can you go wrong? There's no particular order to them, although The Squire's Tale was written first, I started with The Savage Damsel and Her Dwarf first and fell in love with them. Glad you're going to read them too.
Ashton
Gerald Morris has taken King Arthur and his court and turned the traditional stories into wonderful, witty, and fun to read renditions that add new ideas and show principles that make them enjoyable and valuable. Good read for anyone who loves reading about magic, a good hero, and a new twist on a traditional story.
Erica
As a huge fan of King Arthur, I absolutely loved this story. It tells the story of Gawain from the point of view of his squire, Terence. There is questing, love, magic, fighting, and all of my favorite characters and it is written at about a fifth grade level.
Ann
I really enjoyed this book. I generally tend to avoid all Arthurian legend retellings, but this one did well. I really liked both Terrance and Sir Gawain. It was funny and heroic, a great afternoon read. Can't wait to read all 8 books in the series!
Jennifer
Morris has done a phenomenal job in recreating old Arthurian legends and interweaving them with new tales. For those who love these old stories you will not be disappointed. This is a wonderful story for children as it has a perfect blend of action and humor.
Elise
This is a wonderfully light, very laugh-out-loud funny series I've read probably 4 times over. I love me some good happily ever after endings, and this gives it to you without the cheese.
Josephine
This would make a fun read aloud for my kids, although I just read it myself this time. It was a fun book about a young man during the time of King Arthur. He doesn't know who his parents are and has been raised by a hermit who sees the future the way most people see the past and sees the past the way most people see the future. He is taken as a squire by a good knight named Gawain, and here we get to read about their adventures.
The adventures were pretty goofy. The book had no clear plot, so it...more
Princessjay
3 STARS

Retelling of Arthurian legends, with addition of a squire named Terence and a very sympathetically depicted Sir Gawain.

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Becky
This story is about the knight Gawain and his squire Terence. Gawain becomes a knight of The Round Table early on in the story and eventually goes out on a quest with Terence and another knight.

I found the story fun. There are a lot of minor stories before leading up to the final confrontation with a witch and her silent knight. Gawain is sometimes a little too perfect but once in awhile shows some flaws to his character. I don't think any flaws were really shown in Terence's character but for t...more
StormyWitch
Aufgepasst, liebe King Arthur-Fans: Vergesst Thomas Malory. Vergesst den König und seine betrügerische Frau und vergesst die Annehmlichkeiten der Tafelrunde. Hier kommt Terence! Und das bedeutet vor allem eins: Spass, Spass und noch mehr Spass.

Der Autor greift die Stimmung der Arthur-Legenden auf, um daraus etwas neues Altes zu machen. Die Grundzüge sind weitgehend aus den bekannten Erzählungen übernommen, nur wenige selbst erfundene Charaktere kommen dazu. Doch gerade diese bringen einen frisch...more
Me
Sadly I read the second book before this one. My fault.

However this is a fun and enjoyable series, full of laughs, the appropriate number of necessary knightly feats and enough Otherworldliness. A wonderful book.

Like many people in this time, they seem very content to do what others tell them too, however The Squire's Tale thankfully provides and explanation why. 'If we didn't we'd spend the rest of our lives wondering what would have happened.' I really feel that this explanation is needed in...more
Jess Michaelangelo
To be honest, I wasn't too sure about this for the first few chapters, but I ended up really enjoying The Squire's Tale, so I'm glad I stuck with it.

I am, by no means, an expert on Arthurian legend, but I feel like this is a good introduction to the tales of the Knights of the Round Table. Intended for younger readers, this is an entertaining and humorous read that can be amusing even for adults. Gerald Morris makes these Arthurian tales accessible, staying away from flowery or overbearing lang...more
Gale
THE PRICE OF BEARING FAERY BLOOD

Gerald Morris has created an entertaining YA novel (which spawned a sequel) with a sight-ag cover: a knight on horseback faces the rear end. Readers may expect tongue-in-cheek humor throughout the 200 pages of action--with some introspection--as both knight and squire mature. Terence, the youthful protagonist of mysterious parentage, leaves the service of a religious hermit--with an elastic view of Time--to learn the squire's trade with Gawain, who is yet to be k...more
Dot Hutchison
Raised in a forest by the hermit Trevisant, Terence has grown up outside of the concerns of men. But one day, a strange green face leads him through the trees to stumble on a young knight named Gawain, and nothing in Terence’s life will ever be the same. He joins Gawain on his journey to Camelot and King Arthur’s court, and beyond that on a great quest that leads through this world and the Other. On his adventures, Terence will learn a lot about courage, strength, beauty, and the best and worst...more
Jessica
A pretty hilarious book, as far as I remember (it's been a while since I read it...I got it from the library :D) Here's the basic synopsis:

From School Library Journal
Grade 5-9-Terence, the squire in question, is not Chaucer's but a 14 year old of unknown parentage in Arthur's England, raised in the woods by a wizard who can see the future clearly but is foggy about the past. Gawain, not yet of the Round Table, comes across the boy and, needing a squire, takes him along. The story then follows th...more
Jessica
I have always loved and been repulsed by the Arthurian tales. Why I keep reading them despite my disgust at the violence and almost silliness of the characters is beyond my understanding, but whenever I come across a retelling of these stories I am compelled to read it.

Liked: Terence, Gawain's squire. He's humble, sweet, and a little mysterious, loyal, and kind. I also enjoyed the author's handling of Gawain himself, better than Mallory's pouting and sullen bully.

Didn't like: The women were no...more
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Gerald Morris is known for his light yet addictive series of stories for preteen and teen readers based in the Middle Ages during the time of King Arthur. Collectively called "The Squire's Tales", the series includes The Squire's Tale, The Squire, His Knight, and His Lady, The Savage Damsel and The Dwarf, and Parsifal's Page. The books at the start of the series focus on Gawain, but primarily on T...more
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