A Tail of Camelot – Julie Leung

91eiamox-sl A Tail of Camelot (Mice of the Round Table, #1) – Julie Leung, Harper, (9780062403995), 2016.

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5:  3.5

Genre:  Fantasy, Adventure

What did you like about the book? Calib Christopher is a young mouse who lives in Camelot. He is training to become a Knight like his father and grandfather. The Camelot animals fear the Darklings, animals who live outside the castle, with whom they have an uneasy truce based on an incident in the past where both sets of animals repelled an attack by Viking weasels. Meanwhile, in a parallel story, Galahad arrives at Camelot for the first time to begin his training as a knight. All the elements of classic King Arthur adventures are here: the sword in the stone, courageous young squires, battle-wise knights, Guinevere and (mostly absent) Arthur and Lancelot, betrayal, bravery, and sacrifice for a higher cause.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Recommend to fifth to seventh grade fans of “animals who talk” adventure books, such as Erin Hunter’s Warriors series or Brian Jacques’ Redwall series.

Who should buy this book? Public libraries.

Where would you shelve it?  Shelve with Fantasy

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Mary Melaugh, Marshall Middle School Library, Billerica, MA

Date of review:  11/17/16

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