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by Kevin Crossley-Holland

Category: Science Fiction and Fantasy
Subcategory: Teenagers
Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland
ISBN: 1858813972
ISBN13: 978-1858813974
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ); First edition (August 3, 2000)
Pages: 336
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The Seeing Stone, or Arthur: The Seeing Stone, is a historical novel for children or young adults, written by Kevin Crossley-Holland and published by Orion in 2000, the first book of the so-called Arthur trilogy (2000 to 2003)

The Seeing Stone, or Arthur: The Seeing Stone, is a historical novel for children or young adults, written by Kevin Crossley-Holland and published by Orion in 2000, the first book of the so-called Arthur trilogy (2000 to 2003). Set primarily in the March of Wales during . 1199 and 1200, it features a young boy named Arthur de Caldicot who observes a secondary story in the "Seeing Stone", the early life of legendary King Arthur

Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries

Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. For some years he held a university post in Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Seeing Stone won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and At The Crossing-Places won a Silver award at the SWPA Spoken Word Awards. Gatty's Tale was shortlisted for the 2008 Carnegie Medal.

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Kevin Crossley-Holland (Author). Book 1 of 3 in the Arthur Trilogy Series. As The Seeing Stone opens, exuberant young Arthur has no idea what adventure lies ahead.

The Seeing Stone book. I loved that even more

The Seeing Stone book. The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches  . When Arthur starts to see stories in the stone, his life quickly becomes entwined with that of his name The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches. Young Arthur de Caldicot practises his tilting and archery, learns to be a dutiful page to his father, and waits impatiently to grow up and become a knight. I loved that even more. Crossley-Holland creates real characters - that is the strength of these books - the people in them that just jump out from the pages and surround you as you read. I couldn't get enough.

Kevin Crossley-Holland. But what I like about her most are the lights dancing in her blue eyes, and the very quick way she speaks and moves

Kevin Crossley-Holland. But what I like about her most are the lights dancing in her blue eyes, and the very quick way she speaks and moves er where England ends and Wales begins, and point out where the jumpers came from when they raided us last year, and climb my climbing-tree with her. And that’s what we did, although not in the way I expected

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In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur.

In late twelfth-century England, a thirteen-year-old boy named Arthur recounts how Merlin gives him a magical seeing stone which shows him images of the legendary King Arthur, the events of whose life seem to have many parallels to his own.

The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches, where young Arthur de Caldicot practises his tilting and archery, learns to be a dutiful page to his father, and waits impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his father's friend Merlin gives him a shining black stone. When Arthur starts to see stories in the stone, his life quickly becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the boy who pulls the sword from the stone. In this many-layered novel, King Arthur is seen as a figure for all time - an exemplar to his namesake, a mysterious presence influencing not just one time and place but many. The 100 short chapters are almost like snapshots, not only of the mythical past of King Arthur but the real, earthy, uncomfortable Middle Ages. The turn of the century; uncertainty about the future; war and peace; Christianity and Islam; rationalism and superstition; the sharp contrasts in the lives of rich and poor; all these issues impact on the life of a boy in a medieval manor and give the book its uniquely contemporary feel. Gatty the bailiff's daughter, Arthur's jealous older brother, Tanwen the serving-girl and Lady Alice, who entrusts Arthur with a terrible secret, are just a few of the characters we engage with as the story unfolds to reveal the mystery at the heart of Arthur de Caldicot's life. Shot through with the legends of King Arthur, it merges with them in a thrilling climax. The Seeing Stone is a unique and brilliant new take on the Arthurian story-cycle. The author is a magician with words and his light, speedy narrative is as readable as it is poetic.
Comments to eBook The Seeing Stone: Book 1 (Arthur)
roternow
Excellent read. Well-written but believably by a young teenager. Interesting combination of history and legend. Interesting, appropriate and enlightening vocabulary. Short chapters make this a great book for bed-time reading. It's part of a trilogy - read them all!
Fenrikasa
Thanks!
Vozilkree
great series
Jairani
An excellent book. And it was in great condition. I highly recomend this book if you love the stories of King Arthur.
Uyehuguita
A captivating and imaginative story that weaves the life of a 13 year old boy in England, near the Welsh border in 1199 and 1200. Arthur of Caldicot, son of Sir John and brother of Serle and Sian,longs to be a squire and is given an obsidian stone by the mysterious friend of his father Merlin. In this stone, he sees the narrative unfold of the legendary young King Arthur, of centuries before. His life so parallels the young Arthur in may ways that we wonder what this Arthur's future will be.
While the legendary story of Arthur and the sword in the stone is told in a brief elementary fashion, the story of Arthur of Caldicot is endearing and gripping.

We learn of life in 12th century England, where the rich rob the poor, the strong trample the weak and widows and orphans are defenseless- a situation so different from wghen Britian was ruled by the great King Arthur, and a siutation which cries out for a hero.
Filled was the irrepressible reeve's daughter Gatty and the chamber-maid Tanwen, the mysterious Lady Alice (with a dark secret)and the priest Oliver.
Certainly the two parallel worlds are tied together well in 100 short chapters, certainly it is a page turner and certainly we look forward to reading the sequels
Has something of a a Tales of Canterbury feel.
Meztisho
Winner of the 2001 Guardian Children's Fiction Award and shortlisted for the 2000 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year, "The Seeing Stone" is the first instalment in Kevin Crossley-Holland's Arthur trilogy. Set on the Welsh borders in the closing months of the twelfth century, it tells the tale of thirteen-year-old Arthur de Caldicot, the second son of a minor English lord, who dreams of entering service as a squire and ultimately becoming a knight. When he is given a mysterious obsidian stone by the wise man of the village, he soon discovers its magic as he is shown the story of his namesake, the King Arthur of legend, whose life in many ways mirrors his own.

The novel takes the form of a diary written by Arthur, and is told over the course of 100 short chapters, some as long as a dozen pages, others as short as half a page. The spirit of the middle ages, including all the small details of life in Caldicot, is expertly captured: from Arthur's yard-skills of sword-play, jousting and archery to the workings of the manorial court, where justice is dispensed; and from the frivolities of Halloween and Christmas to the more gritty realities of medieval life. Crossley-Holland is not afraid to address difficult issues, such as divisions of class and wealth in society, and Arthur's comfortable life is often contrasted with the impoverished existence of Gatty, the reeve's daughter. Though the two are portrayed as best friends, their different circumstances make it impossible for either to fully understand the other, and consequently there remains a distance between them that can never be crossed.

Many other supporting characters flesh out this landscape, offering Arthur direction as he searches to understand the world he lives in, and find his own place in it. Two in particular stand out: the bookish priest Oliver, directed by his Christian learning; and Arthur's ancient grandmother, Nain, whose wisdom stems from the tales and folklore of her Welsh ancestors. It is through this vibrant mix of different cultures, stories and traditions that the author really brings the period to life, and is able to captivate the reader.

"The Seeing Stone" is a true crossover novel - intended primarily for children but equally educational and engaging for adults as well - which draws elements of fantasy into a brilliantly realised medieval world. The book is dotted with illustrations taken from contemporary medieval sources, and is supplemented by two endpaper maps depicting in lavish detail the manor of Caldicot and its environs, both drawn by Hemesh Alles. The paperback also contains the first two chapters of the sequel, "At the Crossing-Places", as a taster.
Galanjov
I began reading this series as a dear friend in England gave me the third book as a birthday gift. Now when you get the second or third book in a series you can either close your mind to what went before or make it a point to buy the books before. This I did and I was not let down. I will say that it is a double story, the tale of a young man named Arthur who lives in 1199 and a repeat of well known King Arthur tales. The Arthur of 1199 is the possessor of a special stone from Merlin, yes The Merlin, which reveals the legends behind King Arthur. The book goes back and forth between two worlds and it is the world of 1199 that is most fascinating. Kevin Crossley-Holland covers no new ground in Arthurian history, if anything it is a repeat that those of us who are Arthurian buffs have read over and over. What makes this book a lovely read is how the Arthur of 1199 relates to it and the parallel's between the two worlds. The characters in the "real" world of Arthur who tells the story are more real and the background as true as any historian could hope for. The only letdown would be that those of us who have studied the life of King Arthur will feel that the author has based too much on things that have been over told and are likely far from the truth. As one who has no doubts that there was a King Arthur, I can't feel a real service to the legend has been given. Hence four rather than five stars. A warning. The author is associated with children's works and there is a hint in the writeups promoting the book that it is for chiuldren. I would say it is more a young adult to adult book and not one I would give a pre teen to read. I speak here as an educator for over 40 years.
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