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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books (6 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330435418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330435413
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,736,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meg Cabot is the author of the phenomenally successful The Princess Diaries series and two hugely popular movies based on The Princess Diaries have been made.

Meg is also the author of many other bestselling novels, including Airhead, All American Girl, How To Be Popular, Jinx, Teen Idol and The Mediator series.

She and her husband divide their time between Florida and Indiana.

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There's sword and sorcery for girls in Meg Cabot's Avalon High . . . romantic fun for 10-plus -- Amanda Craig, Independent on Sunday, July 9, 2006 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Meg Cabot is the author of the phenomenally successful THE PRINCESS DIARIES series. With vast numbers of copies sold around the world, the books have topped the US and UK best-seller lists for weeks and won several awards. Two movies based on the series have been massively popular throughout the world.

Meg is also the author of the best-selling ALL AMERICAN GIRL, ALL AMERICAN GIRL: READY OR NOT, TEEN IDOL, NICOLA AND THE VISCOUNT, VICTORIA AND THE ROGUE and THE MEDIATOR series as well as several other books for teenagers and adults. She lives in Florida with her husband and one-eyed cat, Henrietta.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L O'connor on 5 Feb 2006
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Elle's parents are both professors specialising in the medieval period (though judging by Elle's remark,s they don't seem to know a lot about their subject). They are on sabbatical for a year, so Elle has to get used to a new highschool, Avalon High. She falls for handsome student Will, who seems to have a lot on his mind. Will's father wants him to go to military school, but unfortunately Will is a pacafist, much to Dad's disgust.
Elle is horrified to find out that Will's girlfriend Jennifer is cheating on him with his best friend Lance. She is also shocked to discover that eccentric teacher Mr Morton believes that Will is a reincarnation of King Arthur, doomed to die at the hands of his half-brother Marco, supposedly a reincarnation of Mordred. Moreover, Elle is disgusted to find that Mr Morton thinks that she is the reincarnation of Elaine, the Lily Maid, a character whom Elle quite rightly despises.
This is an amusing, ingeneous story which builds to an exciting climax. I don't however think it is one of Meg Cabot's best efforts. It doesn't seem to me to have the humour of the Princess Diaries, the suspence and excitement of the Cassandra books, the warmth and inspirational quality of Teen Idol, or the strong and attractive characters that make all those books so enjoyable to read. an enjoyable story nevertheless.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Holly on 26 Jan 2006
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I thought this book was just as good as the others by meg cabot. This book has twists and turns, and an ending that leaves you satified, while still wanting more. the way meg has keep them all in character, and still made the tale modern-day is very well done indeed. this is a brilliant book and you can't consider yourself a true meg cabot fan if you don't buy it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct 2006
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You don't have to know and enjoy the legend of King Arthur to fully appreciate AVALON HIGH, but it probably helps. Meg Cabot has taken the legend of Arthur and the main people in his lives--Merlin, the magician and guardian of young Arthur; the Lady of the Lake, who gave Arthur his magical sword, Excalibur; Guinevere, Arthur's wife and Queen; his most esteemed knight, Sir Lancelot; Mordred, Arthur's half-brother; and the elusive Elaine of Astolat, the Lady of Shalott--and found them modern-day counterparts within the halls of Avalon High School just outside of Washington, D.C.

Ellie Harrison isn't thrilled with leaving St. Paul, Minnesota, and moving to a new state, and starting a new school, while her parents are on sabbatical. Both her mom and dad are medievalists and Professors, and her father has dragged the family closer to D.C., where he can study up-close-and-personal the sword he's researching.

And then Ellie meets Will, the most interesting and good-looking boy she's ever seen. Sure, he has a girlfriend, the very lovely Jennifer, so she resigns herself to just being his friend. But as time goes on, Ellie realizes that there are some very strange similarities between life at Avalon High and the legend of King Arthur. The events that unfold, such as one of the teachers, Mr. Morton, going a little batty, and Will's girlfriend, Jennifer, being secretly in love with his best friend, Lance, start to add up to one bizarre scenario--could Will be the reincarnation of King Arthur, and could something really bad be working its way towards the halls of Avalon High?

I truly enjoyed AVALON HIGH, but Ms. Cabot's customary humor was strangely missing from the story. Although there are a few slightly humorous spots in the book, the laugh-out-loud wit and sarcasm from her previous releases is strangely absent. Overall, though, lovers of Athurian history or books about good versus evil will thoroughly enjoy this latest release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie fan on 23 July 2008
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I don't see why the reviews on this are less-than-brilliant. Yes, it is different, but I feel that this is one of Meg Cabot's best books, with interesting background, and a plot that deleved into other famous stories, combined with the modern romance of High School, and the stress of teenage life.
I feel that this is just as good a book as the "Princess Diaries" and deserves to be given a chance. It can't be easy to combine myth and modern, and this has been done very well. I was hooked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Connor on 5 May 2008
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From the first page of this book, I was hooked and unable to put it down. You are automatically interested in the character of Ellie, merely because you can relate to her. Every character in this book is interesting and exciting and Meg Cabot captures beautifully life as a teenager. I would recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a well written entertaining book, with a exciting plot.

Definately the best book I've read in a while.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. M. Scarrott on 28 Dec 2009
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Avalon high was a captivating read, that captured my attention from the first word to the last. The book was a modern day twist on an old legend, which makes this book stand out among the rest. Although the book starts off at a slow pace, it soon hooks you into reading more. I recomended this to all my school friends, and i would recomend this to readers who have read meg cabot books before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Book Angel Emma VINE VOICE on 1 Feb 2011
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OK I raise my hand this is the first Meg Cabot book I have read. I can hear you gasping.... I know, I know ....I don't know how I have lived this long without reading Meg Cabot either. I pushed this one up my TBR pile because there is a Disney movie being aired on the Disney channel later this month. When I saw the trailer I knew I had to read the book before I saw the movie. Remember I have 3 young girls so that is my *cough* excuse for watching the Disney channel. Plus #1 my oldest daughter has read the Mange version and loves it. Plus #2 it is about King Arthur - I adore stuff about King Arthur/Merlin/The Knights of the Round Table - so how could I not read it.

Written in first person narrative from Ellie's perspective. Wow, did she have such a quirky, fun character. Her parents are both professors of, guess what, medieval studies specialising in the Arthurian legend (especially her mother). Allowing in depth revelations concerning the Arthurian legend intertwined with the plot making it almost three dimensional.

From the very start of the book little plot hints and subtle references to the intricacies of the Arthurian legend are placed throughout the narrative. The writing style is so relatable I felt as if Meg Cabot had tapped into my head to see how I thought. It was wonderfully light yet superbly descriptive, (I am struggling to express myself on this one).

The way in which the Arthurian mythology was woven into the narrative was ingenious, not only was it relatable it was completely believable. The use of the names not only of the characters but of peripheral aspects such as the dog was a mastermind stroke.
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