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The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True (Knights' Tales #3)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  399 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
In the third installment in the Knights’ Tales series, Gerald Morris tells the laugh-outloud tale of King Arthur’s most celebrated knight, and nephew, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. With lively illustrations by Aaron Renier, Morris creates a captivating and comical medieval world that teems with humor and wonder.

This chapter book is sure to set young readers on another r
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published April 18th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing, I really did enjoy it, especially the end!
Brandy Painter
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
Originally posted here.

I read Gerald Morris's The Squire's Tale a couple of years ago. While I didn't dislike the experience, I wasn't wowed by it either. I have recommended the series to others I thought might enjoy it but I haven't been inclined to continue it myself. When I heard Morris was writing another Arthurian series for younger readers I was interested to see how he would do writing for a younger audience. Sir Gawain the True is the most recent book in The Knights' Tales. I enjoyed qui
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s
I have actually read the original story of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' and hadn't realized that this would be a retelling. It kept the same concept of the storyline and got across the moral of keeping your promises, more or less. But the funny thing is, it was actually a really good history lessons. In those times honor and bravery were considered to be more important than happiness or you life. And this book simplified the concepts but did a very good job of explaining the importance of h ...more
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Knights of the Round Table are expected to be courteous and respectful. Sir Gawain the Undefeated, King Arthur's nephew shows how little he understands courtesy after he rescues a damsel from a dragon. As he quests over the ensuing year, he learns to not only be always courteous but what true friendship is and finally comes to be called Sir Gawain the True.

While this book isn't quite as funny as some of the other books in this series, there are still lots of humorous parts in the story and it is
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, middle-ages
I haven't read the original so I can't compare them, but this was fantastic. Educational and teaches a good moral. My kids and I both enjoyed the humor and we flew through this book. We'll definitely read the others in this series.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
My students loved this book and this series. It's funny and entertaining.
Dot Hutchison
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I’m going to admit to a little gushing here: I adore Gerald Morris. I have been reading his books for what seems like forever. I can’t even count how many times I checked them out from various libraries until I was finally able to buy my own set. The ten books of the Squire’s Tale series can be sorted as MG (Middle Grade) or YA (Young Adult) depending on what bookstore you’re in, but the newer Knights’ Tales series is solidly MG.

And wonderful.

Sir Gawain the True is the third of this new se
Sue Morris
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sir Gawain the Undefeated is riding comfortably upon his horse when he hears the shrieks of a damsel in distress. A dragon with fiery breath has captured the fair maiden. Sir Gawain fights off the dragon, saving the damsel. No longer in distress, Sir Gawain decides the she no longer needs his assistance and begins to ride off. The damsel is so thankful that she wants to give Sir Gawain her treasured green sash. He refuses to accept. She then offers a kiss on the check, simply to say thank you. A ...more
Dec 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True (Knights' Tales #3) by Gerald Morris, illustrated by Aaron Renier is the comical chapter book telling of the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Morris tells the humorous tale of King Arthur’s most celebrated knight, and nephew, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, creating a captivating and comical medieval world.

The story begins with Sir Gawain rescuing a damsel from a dragon, then refusing to accept her token, or a kiss, and riding off and leaving her in
Jennifer Wardrip
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Gerald Morris' THE KNIGHTS' TALES are a fun way to escape for a few hours. THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GAWAIN THE TRUE is the third installment in this series.

Sir Gawain is known as "the undefeated." He is tired of this title, but because it is what he is known as, when a battle comes up and King Arthur needs someone to win, it is Sir Gawain who is called up.

Sir Gawain returns to the court to recount a story of saving a damsel from a dragon. But when he is asked
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be one of King Arthur's knights? Have you imagined dressing up in a suit of armor, slaying dragons, and battling giants? If so, you'll love this story about Sir Gawain. The Green Knight shows up at the round table one night and offers anyone the chance to hit him with an axe if he will allow the Green Knight to do the same in one year and one day. Sir Gawain volunteers and beheads the Green Knight, but the Green Knight just picks his own head up an ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What is a vow? In olden days, vows were promises that were never broken. Knights made them to their lords, lords to their kings, and kings to their peoples. But is their more to chivalry than just being able to keep your promises? How important is courtesy? Sir Gawain the True takes a look at one knight's lesson in just what it means not only to be a knight but to also be a friend.

The book combines several legends into one complete tale. The story is broken up into very easy to read chapters th
Dec 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-lit
Entertaining and funny. Great way for kids to get acquainted with stories of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table. It seems these tales also have a nice message for the kiddos about character.
A Book Vacation
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a great coming on age novel for middle grade readers, and it is most enjoyable. The novel is illustrated, which helps bring the story to life right on the page. Yet, the illustrations do not overpower the imagination of the reader; they are tastefully done and evenly interspersed.

Any MG readers interested in the knights of the realm, or historical mythology in general, will enjoy this story. The storyline flows easily and each chapter offers humorous insight and action, all leading up to
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
honestly, at this point i'd really like to know when morris is going to write a story about sir britomart

like i'm just saying, it would be super nice to get a female knight story? and knight's tales already showed that he loves mixing in faerie stuff with arthuriana! SIR BRITOMART THE FAITHFUL FOR 2015

anyways. just had to let that out, i've read a lot of dude povs lately and my soul cried out for a girl

so sir gawain the true basically retells the story of gawain and the green knight. it's a dec
Jan 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of most Arthurian books, especially childrens versions. I think this was a wonderfully done story on Sir Gawain and how he became a better knight and a better man by learning some valuable lessons. The story line was easy to follow, the story was fun and mysterious, and the children can learn valuable lessons from this story. This is the third in a series, and I would recommend this to readers who are learning how to read chapter books, and even for older children who are interes ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ncbla
I've always loved the King Arthur stories, and this retelling of the story of one of his knights, Sir Gawaine, in ten chapters is fresh, lively, and filled with humor. The knights of the Round Table were brave and loyal, but they sometimes had to be taught lessons in manners and chivalry as in the case of Sir Gawaine. The author explores many important issues such as loyalty, reputation, vows, and honor in tongue-in-cheek fashion, and the frank conversations between Sir Gawaine and Sir Gologras ...more
Erma Talamante
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club, bookclub
An excellent retelling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - written for children! I picked this up at the library on a lark as part of my December Book Club selection. I didn't expect much of it, but as the old saying goes, you can't judge a book by it's cover, and this comely edition proves just that. The age old story, that I am well familiar with, is renewed. Emphasizing the lessons of the older translations in a way that recounts the story in modern english while written for children, withou ...more
Stacy Ford
Jun 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: hist-fic, fantasy-all
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Jun 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Not only are the Knights of the Round Table brave and daring, but they are also expected to be courtesy and polite. Sir Gawain does not quite understand this when he comes across a damsel in distress and although he saves her from a dragon, he leaves her alone in the forest without even asking her name. The underlying message of politeness is overshadowed by the humor and hilarity that has become a trademark of this series. Yes, each knight learns a valuable lesson, but the books have a snarky h ...more
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
This was my first Knight's Tales book and I loved it. The story was well told and entertaining. It is a great read for young people and would be a super read-aloud for a classroom teacher. This series would be a fantastic enhancement to any unit on King Arthur and his times.

The lesson is about courtesy, courage, honor, and the value of friendship. It is told in a way that is humorous and captivating. A great way to share the tale of the Green Knight and Sir Gawain with young readers
Apr 07, 2014 rated it liked it
The rating should be actually higher and it isn't only because I rated it in relation to the other two books of the serie. Ad for the others, this novel is funny, short and entertaining. It' s a revisitation of the Green knight story where Gawain has to finallly learn how to be corteous. I really liked the reason behind the Green knight existence because it was new and made the story quite coherent at the end and while I appreciated the middle and the beginning of the book I didn't find it as fu ...more
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
These Knights Tales are perfect bridges from First Chapter to full-on Chapter. Not only do they fit the bill developmentally, but they are so appealing, with their wacky old-fashioned-y illustrations by Aaron Renier (The Unsinkable Walker Bean, Spiral-Bound) and humorous appellations. Sir Givret the Short? Sir Gandefere the Nearly Undefeated? AND, as if that weren't enough, they serve as a gateway to that richly scenic path that may eventually lead a young reader to The Once and Future King.

Dec 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't think this needs a summary; it's the story of Gawain and the Green Knight. Its a quick read with some nice illustrations and an excellent, humorous voice. The story is a lesson-teaching kind of story, and that comes across very clearly, but it's not didactic, either. No one comes right out and says, "Keep your promises, but don't make a lot of them, and also, be nice to people." The audience is going to work that out for themselves, and there are also smaller, less obvious lessons about ...more
Oct 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: youth, mocknewbery
Sir Gawain is a dear friend of King Arthur, who insists that his knights not only be able to fight, but be polite and respectful in their down time. It's taken Sir Gawain (and the others) a little bit of time to figure this manners thing out. Super cute and fun, a few laugh out loud moments, but I saw nothing particularly distinguished about it.

Also: I really, really miss my reading challenge widget telling me if I am ahead, on track or behind. How can I be super competitive if I'm not sure if
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd call this a "medium-short" chapter book with illustrations. There are about 2 illustrations per chapter, not on every page. But that was enough to hold the interest of both me and my son. I'm a huge fan of Gerald Morris' writing in general and this story about Sir Gawain was no exception. The Green Knight was a little gory (he asks Sir Gawain to chop off his head, but then he puts it back on his body and is fine) and I enjoyed the intrigue. When reading it aloud, I wished for a pronunciation ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fun, easy, short read. Funny writing, especially at the beginning. Plus, I actually liked Sir Gawain from before as one of the few knights who didn't sleep with every maid in sight (not in the stories I read, anyway). I fear that if I dug deeper, his reputation would probably be tarnished in my eyes. But not by this book, at least.

Also, you have to really appreciate any story that involves talking green heads.

Rating: Nice and G. I mean, I guess it's kinda PG for head chopping and such, but rea
Rebekah W.
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a pretty good re-telling of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
I didn't mind the additional characters, as they fit into the story rather smoothly, and helped to keep the plot moving at a pace well-suited to the target audience's attention spans.
It was quite funny, with just one small, potentially-crude comment about Gawain "hunting chambermaids". That being said, this particular tale is a very difficult one to adapt for children, and the author did an excellent job. The book was certainly
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Gerald Morris is a master at retelling King Arthur stories! This is the third book in his series, The Knights' Tales, aimed at younger readers. Like the others, this is written in easy flowing prose making it accessible to readers new to chapter books. The generous humor sprinkled throughout adds to the tales, while still holding true to the original Arthurian legends. This volume is no exception. I will eagerly await more in this series!
Kat Goldin
Sep 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
The novel has King Arthur’s English history, details of the Knights of the Round Table, word play on historical events and a great story that includes positive choses as characters are built to save a kingdom and the ideals of the people. The Knights’ Tales series is full of humor and wishful thinking; The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True is the third book and looks at the role of friendship and courage with wit and cunning combined.
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Gerald Morris is an award-winning author, best known for his retellings of Arthurian legends for preteen and teen readers.

His first series, called The Squire's Tales, focuses primarily on a squire named Terence, alongside his knight, Sir Gawain. Whilst these two characters remain in the series, the majority of the later books introduce new protagonists. As the series progresses, the tone becomes d
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