Avalon High

Avalon High

Book - 2006
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Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060755874
0060755873
9780060755867
0060755865
Branch Call Number: YA
Characteristics: 288 p. ; 22 cm

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Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.


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kwylie04
Aug 16, 2019

I completely loved this from the first page to the last, and was engrossed in it the entire time. Hence why it only took me a few hours to read it; I just couldn't put it down.

I've always enjoyed a good story involving the Arthurian characters turning up/being reincarnated/whatever in the modern world, and Meg Cabot weaves them all into this wonderful story. The characters relive much of what passed in their previous lives, but in this case, they manage to move beyond and overcome the tragedies that dogged them in the past and into something new and great.

Or, you know, they could just be perfectly normal kids who have to deal with a bunch of adults with over-active imaginations. It's up to the reader to decide.

The protagonist, Ellie, is such a great character. Practical, yet funny. She brings all of the real-world concerns a teen in her position would have - fitting in at a new school, making friends, maintaining decent grades, developing a crush on the coolest guy in school, etc. - into an environment where things are not what they first appear to be. There is just enough dash of fantasy to bring a spark that makes any reader sit up and take notice.

A great book, definitely one for any teen who likes both romance and playing around with Arthurian Legend. It's funny, irreverent, even silly sometimes, but the combination of everything in this story makes it work.

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readingfairy
Jun 20, 2018

A very cool story, this is a retelling of the King Arthur legend. If you know the original tale, this book will probably be quite predictable, and if you don't know it, don't worry, you'll still understand the story. It was very interesting and enjoyable, and I'd recommend it to any teen girls who like romance, mystery, history, and legends.

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emmadragons
Nov 03, 2013

its not for everyone. But a good blend of genres

BREANNA GILLILAND Sep 07, 2013

This book is fantastic. I got so caught up in it, I could hardly put it down. I would recommend it to anyone who likes fairy tales or medieval adventures.

bkilfoy Mar 28, 2013

Ellie is a great protagonist. She's funny, a bit sarcastic, and smart. Her budding relationship with Will is sweet. But most importantly,she brings a serious grounding in reality to this imaginative retelling of the King Arthur legends. Cabot crafts a fun novel, a realistic world of teen drama, and throws in just enough fantasy to make things interesting. And of course, any novel that heavily references The Lady of Shalott automatically makes me like it. A great read whether you're really into Arthurian legend or not.

ladyskarlet Nov 18, 2012

awesome book, and great plot. i loved reading this book! :)

zhus1 Jul 14, 2012

Super creative combination. Completely unexpected. Definitely enjoyed reading it.

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BookishEmily
Oct 29, 2011

Sooo good!

OPLLibraryGal Oct 12, 2011

Recommended for girls with small minds aged 9 to 13. I guess it's what I expected from an author like Meg Cabot: a simple love story with an even simpler plot and characters that are even more simple than that. No wonder Meg Cabot writes so many books; this probably took her a month at the most. With the way it ended, I'm not sure if it has a sequel, but even if it does, I'm not reading it. In short, if you like the kind of stuff a half-decent author could cough up in a month or so, that doesn't break the mould in any way, read this. For the rest of us who like something a little different, it's not worth the time.

LocketLibrarian Oct 08, 2011

Camelot <swoon>

my kind of fantasy to revisit.

Love this!

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readingfairy
Jun 20, 2018

readingfairy thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 13 and 17

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violet_dolphin_1310 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 13

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violet_dolphin_614
May 31, 2014

This book is about a high school that is not all what it appears to be. For starters, it has a connection to the courageous tale of King Arthur. But when the new girl, Ellie, shows up, mysteries start to unfold, friendships are tested, and it's a fight of good against evil. And Ellie is caught right in the middle of it. Will she have the courage to save her friend, or will she turn her back on this one big mystery?

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