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The Seeing Stone by Kevin Crossley-Holland
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May 07, 2008

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Read in January, 2006

Arthur de Caldicot is a thirteen-year-old boy who is wise beyond his years. He lives on his father's manor and is learning the skills of a squire. He is a sure shot with the long bow, and Arthur desperately wants to be a knight someday. But it seems like just a foolish dream at times.

His best friend is the Reeve's daughter Gatty. Arthur gets into all kinds of trouble for helping with her work, which is considered below him. But his father's friend, Merlin, encourages him to help wherever it is needed.

Merlin also gave him a black obsidian stone that is smooth as glass. He said it is made of fire and ice, and to guard it and tell no one about it. When Arthur peers into its dark depths, he sees himself in another life, but one that is parallel to his own. Then he discovers it is King Arthur, his namesake that he sees, not himself. But who is the hooded man he sees? What can he learn from the stone to help him in his own life? Arthur has many questions, and while many are unanswerable, some will surprise you.

The Seeing Stone is the first book in the Arthur Trilogy. It is filled with medieval history and interesting facts.

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