Avalon High

Avalon High

by Meg Cabot

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Overview

Avalon High seems like a typical high school, attended by typical students: There's Lance, the jock. Jennifer, the cheerleader. And Will, senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy.

But not everybody at Avalon High is who they appear to be ... not even, as new student Ellie is about to discover, herself. What part does she play in the drama that is unfolding? What if the bizarre chain of events and coincidences she has pieced together means -- as with the court of King Arthur -- tragedy is fast approaching Avalon High?

Worst of all, what if there's nothing she can do about it?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060755881
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/03/2007
Series: Avalon High Coronation Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 502,449
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Meg Cabot was born in Bloomington, Indiana. In addition to her adult contemporary fiction, she is the author of the bestselling young adult fiction series, The Princess Diaries. Over 25 million copies of her novels for children and adults have sold worldwide. Meg lives in Key West, FL, with her husband.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Place of Birth:

Bloomington, Indiana

Education:

B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Avalon High


By Meg Cabot

HarperCollins

ISBN: 0-06-075586-5


Chapter One

And by the moon the reaper weary, Piling sheaves in uplands airy, Listening, whispers "'Tis the fairy Lady of Shalott."

"You are so lucky."

Trust my best friend Nancy to see things that way. Nancy is what you would call an optimist.

Not that I'm a pessimist, or anything. I'm just ... practical. At least according to Nancy.

Apparently, I'm also lucky.

"Lucky?" I echoed into the phone. "In what way am I lucky?"

"Oh, you know," Nancy said. "You get to start over. In a whole new school. Where no one knows you. You can be whoever you want to be. You can give yourself a total personality makeover, and there won't be anyone around to be all, 'Who do you think you're kidding, Ellie Harrison? I remember when you ate paste in first grade.'"

"I never thought of it that way," I said. Because I hadn't. "Anyway, you were the one who ate paste."

"You know what I mean." Nancy sighed. "Well. Good luck. With school and everything."

"Yeah," I said, sensing even over the thousand-mile difference between us, that, it was time to hang up. "Bye."

"Bye," Nancy said. Then added, "You're so lucky."

Really, up until Nancy said this, I hadn't thought there was anything lucky about my situation at all. Except maybe the fact that there's a pool in the backyard of our new house. We never had a pool of our own. Before, if Nancy and I wanted to go to the pool, we had to get on our bikes and ride five miles - mostly uphill - to Como Park.

I have to say, when my parents broke the news about the sabbatical, the fact that they were quick to add, "And we're renting a house with a pool!" was the only thing that kept down the vomit that started coming up in my throat. If you are a child of professors, sabbatical is probably about the dirtiest word in your own personal vocabulary. Every seven years, most professors get offered one - basically a yearlong vacation, so they can recharge and try to write and publish a book.

Professors love sabbaticals.

Their kids hate them.

Because would you really want to uproot and leave all your friends, make all new friends at a whole new school and just be getting to think, "Okay, this isn't so bad," only to have to uproot yourself again a year later and go back where you came from?

No. Not if you're sane, anyway.

At least this sabbatical isn't as bad as the last one, which was in Germany. Not that there's anything wrong with Germany. I still exchange e-mails with Anne-Katrin, the girl I shared a desk with in the weird German school I went to there.

But come on. I had to learn a whole other language!

At least with this one, we're still in America. And okay, we're outside Washington, D.C., which isn't like the rest of America. But everyone here speaks English. So far.

And there's a pool.

Having your own pool is a lot of responsibility, it turns out. I mean, every morning you have to check the filters and make sure they aren't all jammed up with leaves or dead moles. There's almost always a frog or two in ours. Usually, if I get out there early enough, they're still alive. So then I have to conduct a frog rescue expedition.

The only way you can rescue the frogs is to reach down into the water to pull the filter basket out, so I've ended up touching all sorts of really gross stuff that floats in there, like dead beetles and newts and, a few times, drowned mice. Once there was a snake. It was still alive. I pretty much draw the line at touching anything that is capable of sending paralyzing streams of poison into my veins, so I yelled to my parents that there was a snake in the filter basket.

My dad is the one who yelled back, "So? What do you want me to do about it?"

"Get it out," I said.

"No way," my dad said. "I'm not touching any snake."

My parents aren't like other parents. For one thing, other people's parents actually leave the house to go to work. Some of them are gone for as many as forty-five hours a week, I've heard.

Not mine. Mine are home all the time. They never leave! They're always in their at-home offices, writing or reading. Practically the only time they come out of their offices is to watch Jeopardy! and then they yell out the answers at each other.

No one else's parents know all the answers to Jeopardy! or yell them out if they do. I know, I've been to Nancy's house and seen the evidence for myself. Her parents watch Entertainment Tonight after dinner, like normal people.

I don't know any of the answers on Jeopardy! That's why I sort of hate that show.

My dad grew up in the Bronx, where there aren't any snakes. He completely hates nature. He totally ignores our cat, Tig. Which of course means that Tig is crazy about him.

And if my dad sees a spider, he screams like a girl. Then my mom, who grew up on a ranch in Montana and has no patience for spiders or my dad's screaming, will come in and kill it, even though I've told her a million times that spiders are extremely beneficial to the environment.

Of course, I knew better than to tell my mom about the snake in the pool filter, because she'd probably have come out and snapped its head clean off right in front of me. In the end, I found a forked branch, and pulled it out that way. I let it go in the woodsy area behind the house we're renting. Even though the snake didn't turn out to be that scary once I finally got the guts to save it, I kind of hope it doesn't come back.

(Continues...)



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Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
Okay, I will start off by saying this isn't my first Meg Cabot book. I knew what I was getting into. I knew I wasn't about to engage in literary gold when I opened this book. Anybody who would expect that needs a reality check because....well, look at the cover. It's pink and purple for crying out loud. This book was very quick and entertaining. It's fluffy, girly brain candy. I always have trouble rating books like these because my wanna-be intelligent self is like "you're too good for these books, go read Chaucer instead", while my teenage girl self enjoys them. Alas I am a conflicted soul. I went into this all haughty, believing it to be all too predictable, and it was for the most part. Meg Cabot leaves little hints before hand so you know what's going to happen before the narrator does and then repeats it often enough for the especially dense. But then came the twist....those things always make me feel like an a-hole. The narrator is likeable enough. I didn't want to drown her, which is something special considering most of the heroines in YA nowadays. But then she committed the Ultimate Offense in my mind- claiming some guy is your soulmate after two days. Ugh, I HATE characters like that, especially when they are in high school. Hey, the guy who sits next to me in math class is pretty hot, but that doesn't mean I want to spend eternity with him. I guess I let it slide this time because these characters are reincarnated and have know each other for centuries, which is plenty of time to get to know someone (but do we ever really know someone hmmm?). Some of the plot points were pretty ridiculous and had me holding back chuckles of disbelief. I know...you guys are probably like "Well, it is a fantasy set in highschool, what did you expect?". To that I say IT'S MY REVIEW AND I GET TO COMPLAIN IF I WANT TO. The characters weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. Particularly Lance. Poor Lance, he is practically brushed aside in this retelling. And did Jennifer HAVE to be a cheerleader? (guess what color her hair was). I also would have liked to see some other Arthurains characters and more (dare I say it) education. This book barely touches the surface of the tale it's based on. And for those who enjoyed the book and want to read more Arthurian fiction- whilst still be entertained- I recommend The Once and Future King The writing is nothing challenging and is meant to be read quickly. No moments of beauty here. Just straight-to-the-point-prose with the occasional dash of humor. I have to give it up to Meg Cabot. She sure knows how to get people to read her books. I knew I wasn't going to love this book before I went into it, and yet I read it anyway. God help her fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little hard to get into.. but after page 6 your good! This book has something for everyone. Thrillers, romance, edginess, joy, and everyhting else a person can imagine. The characters are great and so is the storyline. Not confusing at all. It took me 1 day and a half to finish the book. It was that good! Highly recomended to all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this is 6th grade and I LOVED THE BOOK!!! I recomened this to anyone who likes fantasy or mystery or drama or a love story!!! :) READ IT!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read for young adults/teens, especially those learning about King Arthur and his court. Loved the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved, loved,LOVED this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasnt there a movie on disney channel based on the book or am i mistaken
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought was fine but not my cut of tea* i prefer the disney tv movie over the novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!! It has a great story line, it's funny, but it is NOTHING like the movie. Overall, absolutely amazing book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing. I was working on Medieval Time Periods and let me tell you this actually got me an A+ on my report for my middle school, yet it was also quite entertaining. Ellie is a typical teenager. Spunky and kind. When she sees Will, she is so excited to see him until she finds out he's a jock and has a cheerleader girlfriend, Jennifer. Now it is hard not be giving a summary for this amazing story, so let's cut to the chase. This story resembles Camelot adventures tying into place. Ellie trys to figure it out with the help of a nerd, her parents, and her betraying teacher. Well you'll have to read this lovely book to find out what happens.
francescadefreitas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet little romance with bit of Arthurian fantasy thrown in. The plot was pretty predictable, but any story of reincarnated mythological people re-enacting old tales in modern settings is bound to be, so that's not a huge criticism.Chewing-gum, but the flavour lasted all the way through.
llpollac on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first, Elaine "Ellie" Harrison, the daughter of two medievalists newly arrived from Minnesota, thinks that Avalon High is a typical American public high school, complete with jocks, cheerleaders, and English projects. Soon, however, strange parallels with Arthurian legend emerge and Ellie may be caught up with this generation's battle against the forces of darkness. This is a solid young adult novel, complete with high school romance, school drama, and reflections on the high school social ladder. Ellie is well-developed and speaks with an authentic personality, but other characters, namely Lance and Jennifer, could benefit from further development. The ending seems contrived at first, but was carefully, though perhaps insufficiently, foreshadowed throughout the book. Allusions to classic literature, including the chapter epigraphs from Tennyson's "The Lady of Shallot", add interest to the proceedings. This book will be sure to appeal to both fans of Meg Cabot's prior novels and those looking for a light-hearted, modern take on the Matter of Britain. Audio-book narrator Debra Wiseman excels at capturing the voice of a high-school junior in her rendition of the book.
Serena_iz_Crazi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The book Avalon High is mainly about a guy named A. William (Will) Wagner and a girl names Ellie Harrison. One of their teachers, Mr.Morton believes that Will, Ellie, Lance, Jennifer, and Marco are apart of another time in life which was written into a book. Now Ellie's parents are professors and they write books about medivial times. Ellie knows a few things that Mr.Morton tells her. Mr.Morton has been keeping an eye on Wil who is actually the recarnation of King Author. At first when Ellie heard about it, she thought it was all a joke. Later she came to realize it might have been true. He also tells her that Will might die, and she doesnt want this for him because she has fallin in love with him.Avalon High was a very interesting book but also confusing, well to me at first. This book was really good though. It gave a lot of description on what was going on. I had a picture of what each character looked like. Anyways, the book has a few problems that a teenager goes through. It has a love story sort of and a few family conflicts. Overall it was a good book, and I enjoyed reading it.
JordanX on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a very awsome book, must read it
storyteller1020 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great "clean" teen romance to give to parents who are concerned.
essa868 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
King Arthur in the present day setting of a high school. Believe it or not, it's quite the page turner near the end.
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was looking through my stacks of books yesterday for just a quick, fun read and I found it in my library stack. Avalon High is a young adult novel featuring Ellie, a high school junior who finds herself in a new school and in a new town while her parents are on sabbatical in Annapolis, Maryland. What she didn't expect was to be thrown into a story she was more than familiar with in the current time.Meg Cabot writes a really good young adult story in this one, it's clean and fun. Ellie is one of those ordinary girls who doesn't expect to stick out in a new school. She figures she will join the track team and just be an ordinary girl. But that isn't what happens. Within days of starting at Avalon High she is thrust in with the most popular boy in school, his best friend and his girlfriend. But things aren't always what they seem in this popular crowd.As Ellie tries to navigate her newfound somewhat popular status, the book develops and other questions begin to form. And all of this moves the book to it's conclusion.Characterization isn't deep - this is more plot driven, but you do learn about Ellie. The other characters are also enjoyable, Will, Lance, Jennifer, Marco and Mr. Morton all make great characters.All-in-all, it's a great fast-paced quick young adult read. I enjoyed it and will read more of Ms. Cabot's young adult titles (I believe I have read a lot of her adult titles). In fact I have The Princess Diaries in my library stack also. Read this one afternoon that you just want to read something quick and easy - no death, destruction or deep teenage thinking involved. And sometimes you need a book that is just that.
cornpuff12 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a really interesting book. Based on the theory that King Arthur is going to rejuvenate himself, and when it will be. A girls parents are both professors, and their daughter is the new girl at a new school, and the rest of the story goes from there.
midnighttwilight101 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Avalon High by Meg Cabot has everything, drama, romance, reincarnations of kings and mythical creatures. I love how Meg Cabot worked the supernatural element into a real feeling high school setting.
chibimajo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Listened to the audiobook version. Reminded me a lot of Princess Diaries, it was rather vapid to start with, but the premise is awesome. King Arthur has been reincarnated and goes to Avalon High with his girlfriend Jennifer (modern form of Gweneviere) and Lance. His step-brother, Marco has always been a troublemaker. Ellie stumbles upon this convoluted plot where her lit teacher is trying to prevent the forces of darkness from interfering with Will (aka Arthur). Nearly everyone has a historic role to play, including Ellie, but still set in a modern day setting with ipods and cell phones. Cheeky and effervescent.
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is adorable. Ellie is attending a new high school while her medievalist parents are on a sabbatical. Things are going well until she starts to notice the similarities between her new classmates (including dreamy popular boy) and the characters of Arthurian legend.I do love the fundamental truth of Meg Cabot books -- that every problem can be solved by a resourceful and plucky girl with a sense of humor.Generally I don't like ambiguous endings (I am about to talk about the ending) but in this case, given the subject matter, I was perfectly fine with the "it was all a coincidence ... OR WAS IT?" wrap up. Small complaint is that I never quite a got a sense of supporting characters Lance and Jennifer. Jenny, toward the end, the scene in the bathroom, which was satisfying but too short and too late ... but Lance not at all. Other than already knowing the Lancelot themes, it would have been nice to have more insight on why he and Will are such good friends, especially in light of the fact that Ellie has a fairly strong negative opinion of him from the get-go.Grade: B+Recommended: Very cute, would be good for actual YA readers.
Awesomeness1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Okay, I will start off by saying this isn't my first Meg Cabot book. I knew what I was getting into. I knew I wasn't about to engage in literary gold when I opened this book. Anybody who would expect that needs a reality check because....well, look at the cover. It's pink and purple for crying out loud. This book was very quick and entertaining. It's fluffy, girly brain candy. I always have trouble rating books like these because my wanna-be intelligent self is like "you're too good for these books, go read Chaucer instead", while my teenage girl self enjoys them. Alas I am a conflicted soul. I went into this all haughty, believing it to be all too predictable, and it was for the most part. Meg Cabot leaves little hints before hand so you know what's going to happen before the narrator does and then repeats it often enough for the especially dense. But then came the twist....those things always make me feel like an a-hole. The narrator is likeable enough. I didn't want to drown her, which is something special considering most of the heroines in YA nowadays. But then she committed the Ultimate Offense in my mind- claiming some guy is your soulmate after two days. Ugh, I HATE characters like that, especially when they are in high school. Hey, the guy who sits next to me in math class is pretty hot, but that doesn't mean I want to spend eternity with him. I guess I let it slide this time because these characters are reincarnated and have know each other for centuries, which is plenty of time to get to know someone (but do we ever really know someone hmmm?). Some of the plot points were pretty ridiculous and had me holding back chuckles of disbelief. I know...you guys are probably like "Well, it is a fantasy set in highschool, what did you expect?". To that I say IT'S MY REVIEW AND I GET TO COMPLAIN IF I WANT TO. The characters weren't as fleshed out as they could have been. Particularly Lance. Poor Lance, he is practically brushed aside in this retelling. And did Jennifer HAVE to be a cheerleader? (guess what color her hair was). I also would have liked to see some other Arthurains characters and more (dare I say it) education. This book barely touches the surface of the tale it's based on. And for those who enjoyed the book and want to read more Arthurian fiction- whilst still be entertained- I recommend The Once and Future King The writing is nothing challenging and is meant to be read quickly. No moments of beauty here. Just straight-to-the-point-prose with the occasional dash of humor. I have to give it up to Meg Cabot. She sure knows how to get people to read her books. I knew I wasn't going to love this book before I went into it, and yet I read it anyway. God help her fans.
thc_luver6 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was pretty good. If you know Camelot then you'll catch a lot of Camelot stuff in this book. Pretty cool. :) I liked it.
TeenBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An entertaining and enjoyable read. Ms. Cabot does a very good job or writing from the perspective of a teenage girl. The secondary characters are not as well developed as they could be and the ending occurs rather abruptly, but this does not detract too much from the reader¿s enjoyment. The possibility of another book at Avalon is left open, so keep your eyes peeled.
alanna1122 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I listened to the Audio version of this book.I love the idea of this book - i love it when author's modernize classic stories for a young audience. However this particular idea fell a little short in its execution.It turn out that the Arthur story is a really messy one to try to adapt for modern reading - and by trying to create a totally parallel story - the result to me was pretty strange and far fetched. I definitely enjoyed the first half of this book more than the second half - I think due to the fact that the second half was really concerned in tying things up neatly according to arthurian legend - and the story telling suffers.All in all a pretty good read - though in parts it lost my interest and i had to press on despite a desire to put it aside.The reader was fine - my one complaint was the voice she used for the character Marco - which was really beyond silly.