Genre: Romance/Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 12 and up
# of Pages: 288
RAC Book: Yes
Ellie, named after Elaine of Astolat, has just moved to the east coast with her parents. Her parents are professors who have taken a year of sabbatical in order to write books. Her dad is writing about a medieval sword and her mom is writing about Elaine of Astolat and the connections to King Arthur’s legend. As Ellie starts at a new school she meets Will, who is the class president and all around a perfect guy. Unfortunately, he has a girlfriend, Jennifer, so Ellie decides to forget any notions of romance. When she finds out that Will’s best friend, Lance, is messing around with Jennifer, however, she must decide how to handle the situation. Should she tell Will? Should she protect Will?
Although this story seems like a typical teen romance, Cabot adds some mythical literary references, which will keep teens guessing. The story of King Arthur has been told and retold for many years, but no one really knows the truth behind the legend. Cabot’s story tries to enlighten her young readers and definitely adds a unique twist to the usual stories these readers enjoy. The added mystery and action will be welcome to anyone who likes this type of tale and it is unlikely that anyone will guess how this story will end.