Arthur: The Seeing Stone
by Crossley-Holland, Kevin | Reading age: from c 10 years
Published 01/06/2001 by Hachette Children’s Group (Orion Children’s Books) in the United Kingdom as part of the Arthur series
Paperback | 352 pages, 2 Maps
Medieval life meets Arthurian magic in a novel that transcends boundaries of time and age, appealing to children of 9+ and older readers alike. The winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Smarties Prize bronze award in 2001, this timeless novel is stunningly reissued for a new generation. The year is 1199, the place the Welsh Marches. Young Arthur de Caldicot is given a magical shining stone in which his legendary namesake is revealed. In 100 short chapters that brilliantly evoke life in a medieval manor, stories of the boy King Arthur begin to echo – and anticipate – the secrets and mysteries that emerge in his own life . . .
‘As bright and as vivid as the pictures in a Book of Hours. Deep scholarship, high imagination, and great gifts of storytelling have gone into this; I was spellbound.’ – Philip Pullman, The Guardian