Back of the Book:
To newcomer Ellie, Avalon High seems like a typical American high school, complete with jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and even the obligatory senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But it doesn’t take Ellie long to suspect that something weird is going on beneath the glossy surface of this tranquil hall of learning. As she pieces together the meaning of this unfolding drama, she begins to recognize some haunting Arthurian echoes, causing her to worry that she has become just a pawn in mythic history. A powerful novel by the author of The Princess Diaries. Has been made into a full length film by Disney on Disney Channel.
Gr. 7-10. Is it all coincidence, or are dark forces at work? Ellie, the new kid who is starting her junior year at Avalon High, lives with parents, medieval scholars who named her for the lamentable Lady Elaine, aka the Lady of Shalott. Sure there are a few connections to Arthurian legend–similar names, bitter relatives, even an illicit affair–but high-school math teacher Mr. Morton, who belongs to a secret society dedicated to the return of Arthur, believes the Round Table is about to be reenacted in Ellie’s present-day Washington, D.C., suburb. If that’s so, then Ellie has fallen for the wrong guy. Forget that; Ellie has no intention of letting the past write her future. Using a selection from Tennyson’s classic “Lady of Shalott” to set up each chapter, Cabot delivers a clever modern take on Arthurian legend, which moves swiftly along to a satisfying, tender conclusion. An entertaining novel that will attract new Cabot readers and as well as the author’s devotees. Cindy Welch
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Format Read: ebook
I liked this book. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but it was enjoyable. The idea behind the story was pretty cool, though.
Also, I watched the DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) based on the book and it was nothing like the book. The only thing they got right was that these people are reincarnations of King Arthur’s court. So, yeah…
The very worst thing about this book is the way Ellie’s character behaves. She just doesn’t act like a normal teenage girl; more like the way adults think normal teenage girls act than a real girl. Oh, and I don’t mean this in the way the character’s mother means it when she tells Ellie that she’s not normal.
The very best thing about this book is the way the Arthurian legend ties in with everything.