- The Washington Times - Saturday, July 12, 2008

By Haley, age 11

Sunrise Reston, Va.

“Guinevere’s Gift” offers a look into the world of Guinevere, or Gwen, as her friends and family call her, a young girl who lives in her aunt and uncle’s palace in Gwynedd. She is a serious and very well-behaved girl who loves riding her horse through the woods.

Elaine, her cousin and best friend, is a flirty, adventurous girl who dreams of marrying King Arthur. The queen, Alyse, is hoping to marry Gwen off to the oddest man she can find, for there is a prophecy about Gwen. It says she will someday be the highest lady in the lands and marry a great king. Queen Alyse does not want Elaine living life in the shadow of her older cousin.

When the king’s sheep begin to disappear, a mysterious man, Sir Darric of Longmeadow, comes to speak with the queen. Life at the castle begins to change.

Gwen rides her horse into the forest and discovers that Llyr - one of Earth’s Beloved, a tribe of hill men - is following her. She soon finds out he and the rest of his tribe are in great danger! Sir Darric convinces the queen that Earth’s Beloved has been stealing the king’s sheep, and that she should send him into the hills to attack them.

Soon Gwen discovers that with the king away at war, Sir Darric plans to take over the castle! Will Gwen be able to save Earth’s Beloved, or will Sir Darric destroy the entire tribe? And will the king get home in time to save the castle?

Read this book to find out.

This book takes place in the time of King Arthur. It is a great fiction book for young adults. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for girls who like to read fiction. I would give this book four stars for its great descriptive language and its excellent demonstration of the characters’ feelings. It was really easy to connect and relate to. I’m so glad I chose this book and hope you read it, too.

RATING: 4 stars

BOOK: “Guinevere’s Gift”

AUTHOR: Nancy McKenzie

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008, hardcover, 327 pages

PRICE: $15.99

READING LEVEL: Young adult

INFORMATION: randomhouse.com/teens

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