Monday, December 16, 2013

Perfect Gifts For Arthurian Legend Fans

Gifts Under $10

Todays MMGM is a previously published book that's now available in digital, and one of several wonderful books for that middle grade reader on your list that loves swords, magic and brave knights and damsels.

Published: July 2, 2013, First published on September 30, 1990
ISBN: 9781480423343
Genre: Middle grade, fantasy
Publisher: Open Road Media
Themes: arthurian legend, friendship, self-discovery, dragons, knights
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About The Book: Artos is a lonely child, teased or ignored by the other boys in the castle of Sir Ector. One day, he follows Sir Ector’s runaway hound into a mysterious, dark cave, where he encounters a dragon who offers him the gift of wisdom.
Both frightened and intrigued, Artos becomes the dragon’s student and gains what he’s always longed for: the friendship and respect of other boys. Under the guidance of the dragon, Artos’s life begins to take shape in a way he could never have imagined. But has Artos really learned everything the dragon has to teach? And what does the dragon mean when he refers to him as “Artos Pendragon,” or “Arthur son of dragon”?

This ebook features a personal history by Jane Yolen including rare images from the author’s personal collection, as well as a note from the author about the making of the book.

What Others Have Said: “A good introduction to Arthurian legend . . . Yolen skillfully develops those aspects of Artos’ character that will guide him in his adult life.” —School Library Journal

"In an original novel based on Arthurian legend, a gigantic dragon becomes young Artos’s mentor, imparting his wisdom of books, tricks, and wondrous tales. Artos is at first furious and then deeply moved to discover that the dragon is really a feeble old alchemist named Merlinnus. A crisply told, accessible, and entertaining story." —Horn Book
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What I Thought: This was the first book I've read by Jane Yolen and it won't be my last. This book is out of print but is being distributed digitally. I think this might be best suited to older, more advanced middle grade readers. Yolen spins a complex tale and Arto is just one of the characters that represent the traditional arthurian fantasy.  

Image credit: © 2012 Jason Stemple
About The Author: 
Jane Yolen

Who: Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Born and raised in New York City, the mother of three and the grandmother of six, Yolen lives in Massachusetts and St. Andrews, Scotland.    

Looking For Other Great Arthurian Legend Books? Here are some links to some great lists:
Children of Arthur
Youth Fiction
National Center For The Study of Children's Literature

Hope your holidays are happy and bright!


  1. I love anything to do with the Arthurian legend. I am going to have to get this book. Thanks for telling me about it.

  2. Like Rosi, I love Arthurian legends. It also seems like one of Jane Yolen's preoccupations-- a while back I read her SWORD OF THE RIGHTFUL KING, which is also good.

  3. I have read several books by Jane Yolen, but I don't recall ever reading this one. The cover is enchanting and I will have to pick this one up. Thanks so much for the introduction! :)


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