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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Meg Cabot: Avalon High

I was wandering around my local library Monday morning and stumbled upon Avalon High by Meg Cabot. I couldn't believe there was another Meg Cabot book I hadn't read, so I snatched it up and brought it home with me.


Avalon High, I was starting to think, might not be so bad after all.

Maybe it's not where Ellie wants to be, but if you have to start at a new school, Avalon High is typical enough: There's Lance, the jock. Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy.

But not everyone at Avalon High is who they appear to be . . . not even, as Ellie is about to discover, herself. As a bizarre drama begins to unfold, Ellie has to wonder, what part does she play in all this? Do the coincidences she's piecing together really mean—as in King Arthur's court—that tragedy is fast approaching for her new friends?

Ellie doesn't know if she can do anything to stop the coming trouble. But somehow, she knows she has to try.

"You're so lucky. You get to start over in a whole new school," Ellie's best friend Nancy tells her before her parents pack up and move the family to Annapolis.

Little does Nancy know, Ellie's life in a new town has been predetermined by forces beyond her control. She is, after all, named after Lady Elaine, the Lady of Shalott.

After spending all of her time floating in their pool, Ellie decides, for a change of pace and scenery, to go running in the park with her father. It's there that she first sees Will, Jennifer, and Lance. But Ellie feels like she's met Will before.

What unfolds is a battle of betrayal, love, and good versus evil.

I spent a semester studying King Arthur, so I immediately knew where this story was going. Still, I liked it.

It was a unique Meg Cabot experience. And the inclusion of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" at the beginning of each chapter only made the reading experience all the more enjoyable for this English major.

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