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ISBN13: 9780618055098
ISBN10: 0618055096
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Piers is desperate to become a page to escape the dirty, tedious labor of his fathers blacksmith shop. So when a knight arrives announcing that hes on “the quest,” Piers begs to go along. Off on a series of adventures he never dreamed possible, Piers and the knight quickly run into difficulties. The knight is slain by Parsifal who is on a quest of his own.

Parsifal is unlike anyone Piers has ever met. He doesnt behave “knightly” at all. Slowly, Piers realizes that being a knight has nothing to do with shining armor and winning jousts. And, as their journey continues, they find that to achieve their quest they must learn more than knighthood: they must learn about themselves.

The tale of Parsifal has been told more than that of any other knight, but no one has ever told his story quite like Gerald Morris does in his fourth Arthurian novel, another tour de force of humor, action, magic, and, as always, true love.

Synopsis:

Piers (or Pierre, as he wants to be called) is desperate to escape the dirty, tedious labor of his fathers blacksmith shop. So when a knight shows up and says hes on “the quest,” Piers begs to go along. Soon he is off on a series of adventures he never dreamed possible. However, Pierss knight quickly runs into some difficulties and is slain by an odd character named Parsifal, who is on his own quest. Piers has no other choice but to join him.

Parsifal is unlike anyone Piers has ever met and doesnt behave “knightly” at all. As their journey continues, Piers and Parsifal are drawn into the Quest for the elusive Holy Grail, and slowly, as the Quest continues, Piers begins to realize what being a knight really means.

Synopsis:

Young Piers learns about knights in shining armor and the true meaning of bravery when he meets Parsifal, a knight on a quest.

About the Author

When Gerald Morris was in fifth grade he loved Greek and Norse mythology and before long was retelling the stories to his younger sister and then to neighborhood kids. He began carrying a notebook in which he kept some of the details related to the different stories. The joy he found in retelling those myths continued when he discovered other stories. According to Gerald Morris, “I never lost my love of retelling the old stories. When I found Arthurian literature, years later, I knew at once that I wanted to retell those grand tales. So I pulled out my notebook . . . I retell the tales, peopling them with characters that I at least find easier to recognize, and let the magic of the Arthurian tradition go where it will.” Gerald Morris lives in Wausau, Wisconsin, with his wife and their three children. In addition to writing he serves as a minister in a church.

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alex braaten, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by alex braaten)
My opinion on the book Parsifal’s page is that it was the worst thing I’ve read in a very long time. It is not very historically accurate; the books plot
Is never the same, and the book is just a lot about boy training a grown man to be knightly. The boys name is Pierre and his father is a blacksmith but Pierre does not want to be a blacksmith like his father he wants to be a knight. But first he needs to be a knight’s page for a knight named Parsifal and Pierre soon learns that he is a better knight than him.

In the first place the book wasn’t very historically accurate the knights were very rude to the ladies they would kiss a girl that they first met and leave and they would greet everyone they meet. That is not so knightly of them. Secondly, Parsifal never really had a plot he just went a round the land from castle to castle and lord to lord hoping to find great deeds.

Moreover, the book did not have a plot it just kept on switching when he was looking for good deeds and they rarely ever did the deeds but when they did they were boring to read.

Unquestionably, I would not recommend this book for anybody that doesn’t like very boring books.


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Henry Van Rossen, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by Henry Van Rossen)
alex mcphee you are a beggar

In this book report I will prove that Parsifal’s page is a good book. Pierre is a boy whose father is a blacksmith. Pierre doesn’t want to be a blacksmith like his father. A knight comes to his father’s shop one day and Pierre decides to go with the knight as his page. A man, Parsifal kills the knight and takes his armor and he takes Pierre as his page as well. Parsifal and Pierre set out on a quest for great deeds for Parsifal to complete so he may become a knight.
This book was very enthralling because of all of its interesting plot twists and turns. One of the twists is when Pierre is trying to find Parsifal when Pierre is with a knight called sir Gawain and Pierre finds out that the person who taught Parsifal how to fight, Jean Le Forester, was really sir Lancelot. Another interesting twist is when they find out who is really the legendary blacksmith, Trebuchet. Another is when Pierre finds out who is really the lady of the lake.
Another great reason to read Parsifal’s Page is because there are lots of battles in this book. For example the part in the book where Parsifal choke slams a guy off his horse and the part where sir Gawain destroys a guy for taking his horse. I also must say an exciting part is when Parsifal defeats the black knight and finds out the knight isn’t who you think he is really after all.
In addition to the other reasons for you to read this book is the fact that this book has many parts in it that refer to the history of the middle ages. Although Parsifal wasn’t a real knight he showed an image of a regular middle ages knight in my mind. Likewise Pierre was also a very descriptive character that showed in my mind as what a page looked and acted like back then. Also when Parsifal was talking about the fairy world I realized this book shows how stupid and naive people were in the matters of life.
You may think this book has lots of violence but think of it as a good thing. If you don’t mind a little violence then this book is the book for you. I hope that I have proven to you that you should read the book Parsifal’s Page by Gerald Morris. Action packed and full of interesting plot changes that refer to medieval life, I would read it, would you?
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alexmcphee, April 5, 2007 (view all comments by alexmcphee)
In my opinion Parsifal’s Page is one of the worse books I have ever read in my life. Its not historically accurate, it has no real plot line, and its just plain old boring. It’s about a young boy named Pierre who longs to one day be a knight. But first he must be a page for a knight so he can learn the ways. He becomes a page for a very unusual knight and ends up teaching that knight how to be one. He goes through a couple knights during his journey to learn to be a knight and finds that none of them are very proper or knightly.

Firstly I think that the book was incredibly in accurate. The knights didn’t act like knights at all throughout the whole book. They kissed women without permission, the acted rough towards them, and absolutely had no idea how to be a knight. Secondly there was no real plot line. He pretty much just went from knight to knight trying to do great deeds but there was no real purpose to his journeys.

Furthermore it was just plain old boring. For most of the time they just thought of great deeds to do and just talked about them instead of actually doing them. And when they actually did do them they weren’t very exciting and didn’t make me want to keep reading.

To sum it all up I would never recommend this book to someone my age. There is no doubt in my mind that the book Parsifal’s Page is not one worth reading.

By alex mcphee for ms savage. AM. Middle Ages book review
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618055098
Author:
Morris, Gerald
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Location:
Boston
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
England
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Historical - Medieval
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Arthurian
Subject:
Knights and knighthood
Subject:
Perceval
Subject:
Pages, Medieval
Subject:
Arthur
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Medieval
Subject:
Boys / Men
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
The Squire's Tales
Series Volume:
no. 247
Publication Date:
March 2001
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 5 to 9
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.64x5.76x.86 in. .93 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 240 pages Houghton Mifflin Company - English 9780618055098 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Piers (or Pierre, as he wants to be called) is desperate to escape the dirty, tedious labor of his fathers blacksmith shop. So when a knight shows up and says hes on “the quest,” Piers begs to go along. Soon he is off on a series of adventures he never dreamed possible. However, Pierss knight quickly runs into some difficulties and is slain by an odd character named Parsifal, who is on his own quest. Piers has no other choice but to join him.

Parsifal is unlike anyone Piers has ever met and doesnt behave “knightly” at all. As their journey continues, Piers and Parsifal are drawn into the Quest for the elusive Holy Grail, and slowly, as the Quest continues, Piers begins to realize what being a knight really means.

"Synopsis" by , Young Piers learns about knights in shining armor and the true meaning of bravery when he meets Parsifal, a knight on a quest.
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