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Young Arthur de Caldicott is anxious to grow up, spread his wings and become a knight. But for now he must content himself with the life he has in the bosom off his family and friends. One day one of these friends, the old and mysterious Merlin, gives Arthur a special stone, and from that moment his life becomes entwined with that of King Arthur himself...
Arthur:The Seeing Stone is an extraordinary novel, contemporary in feel but with its roots deep in the past. One hundred short chapters give snapshots of both the mythical world of King Arthur and the day-to-day existence of a young boy growing up in 1199, and as the two begin to touch on each other's lives the story develops into a multi-layered novel with a depth and intensity that maintains a page-turning, easy-to-read--yet at the same time challenging--quality that is somehow unique.
Arthur: The Seeing Stone is an absolute must-read, written with a rich and earthy gusto that, combined with Kevin Crossley-Holland's authorative attention to the details of the Middle Ages, quite simply takes the breath away. (Age 9 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"In the first volume of the Arthur Trilogy, the author inventively reworks the legend of the Round Table through the diary of 13-year-old Arthur, living in an English manor in the 12th century," said PW in a starred review. "Readers will be itching for the sequel." Ages 10-up. (Sept.)
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
We read this book aloud as a family while driving on vacation. Unlike some books we've read, we never really "connected" to it. It was interesting, but never riveting. Read morePublished on July 7 2003
My 13 year old son had a great time reading this book. He was very fond of Harry Potter and Lords of the Ring. I am glad we found another series that he will enjoy reading. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2003
It's interesting, but very,very slow.
It mainly predicts what's to come, not what's happening right now. Okay, but I'd stick to Harry Potter.
I wasn't sure I would like this book, becauase i knew it didn't actually take place in Camelot with those characters. But I am very glad I read it. Read morePublished on March 2 2002 by Amelia M
This is a most entertaining and engaging book which is well constructed and cleverly pieced together but it lacks that certain something which makes a book a classic. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Scott Pack
a brilliant and inspiring book, superbly written and a balance of the mind and fact. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes history and good fiction, as this book offers... Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2002
This was a very good book!! I would have given it a 5+ if it were available!! It is the best Historical Fiction book I have read in a long, long time.Published on Jan. 22 2002
The novel The Seeing Stone (Arthur Trilogy, Book One)
by Kevin Crossley-Holland was one of the most amazing that I have ever read. Read more