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"Here Lies Arthur" by Philip Reeve
Gwynna is just a girl who is forced to run when her village is attacked and burns to the ground. To her horror, she is discovered in the wood. But it is Myrddin the bard who has found her, a traveler and spinner of tales. He agrees to protect Gwynna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwynna is frightened but intrigued-and says yes-for this Myrddin serves the young, rough, and powerful Arthur. In the course of their travels, Myrddin transforms Gwynna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It is part of a plot to transform Arthur from the leader of a ragtag war band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.
If Gwynna and Myrrdin's trickery is discovered, what will become of Gwynna? Worse, what will become of Arthur? Only the endless battling, the mighty belief of men, and the sheer cunning of one remarkable girl will tell.
Reading level: Young Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (March 1, 2010)
MY THOUGHTS: Do you believe King Arthur was real or a myth? I myself am a believer. But then again I'm a fairy tale believer too. Who doesn't believe in happily ever after or at least wants to think there is a happily ever after. This book is written beautifully. I truly believed I was there with Gwen, Myrrdin and Arthur. But this story doesn't end the way you think or want it to. It's a different perspective on the story of Arthur. This is told through the eyes of Gwynna, a little girl who is saved my Myrrdin. She is turned into a little boy by cutting her hair and dressing her as a boy. But Gwynna has one thing that Myrrdin needs. She can swim like a fish. So Gwynna turns into the lady of the lake and gives Arthur his sword Caliburn. As the years move along Gwynna is sent to live with Arthur's wife to learn to be a girl and to spy for Myrrdin. How does this all end? I can't tell you much more without giving the ending away. Does Arthur become king? You'll have to read the book to find out.
MY RATING: 5