The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald MorrisThe Adventures of Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris

The Adventures of Sir Gawain the True

byGerald MorrisIllustratorAaron Renier

Paperback | March 5, 2013

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"Enhanced by Renier's lighthearted medieval scenes . . . Morris's yarn weaves clever turns, knightly violence and chivalric (i.e., human) values in action into an ingeniously integrated retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review&nbspIn the third installment in the Knights' Tales series, Gerald Morris tells the laugh-out-loud tale&nbspof&nbspKing Arthur's&nbspmost celebrated knight, and nephew,&nbspSir Gawain and the Green Knight.&nbspWith lively illustrations&nbspby Aaron&nbspRenier, Morris creates a captivating and comical medieval world&nbspthat teems&nbspwith&nbsphumor and&nbspwonder.
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. Aaron Renier is the recipient of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Talent Deserving Wider Recognition, and received a nomination for best children's album in 2005. Visit his websit...
Title:The Adventures of Sir Gawain the TrueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.39 inPublished:March 5, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544022645

ISBN - 13:9780544022645


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Awesome story, I highly recommend it to children who are fond of knights and medieval times. Pretty funny too.
Date published: 2014-10-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book! Awesome story, I highly recommend it to children who are fond of knights and medieval times. Pretty funny too.
Date published: 2014-10-02

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Chapter 1 Sir Gawain the Undefeated Now, everyone who knows anything at all aboutknights knows that they used to dress in metalsuits and bash each other off their horses withpointy sticks called lances. This only makes sense,of course. Anyone who happened to have a metalsuit, a horse, and a pointy stick would do the same. Some may have also heard that knights foughtdragons as well, often to rescue damsels. (Damselsare what they used to call women. Don’t ask why;they just did.) This is less sensible, because—Well,really now! What would a dragon want with adamsel? Still, if a dragon did for some reasonmake off with one, then it would be perfectly reasonablefor a knight to rescue her. But what many do not realize is that, at least inKing Arthur’s court, knights were also expected tobe courteous and respectful. The king was veryclear about this: He wanted no bullies at hisRound Table. In fact, he said that courtesy waseven more important than wearing metal suitsand bashing people from horses. Not surprisingly,this notion took a while to sink in. Knights whohad spent their whole lives learning swordsmanshipand pointy-stick-bashing did not always seehow something else could be more important.Indeed, King Arthur had reigned for several yearsbefore he felt that his knights were starting to getthe idea. During those early years, the most celebratedof King Arthur’s knights was his nephew Sir Gawain.Sir Gawain had won so many tournaments—which is what knights called the contestswhere they did all that bashing—that he wascalled Sir Gawain the Undefeated. One day, as SirGawain the Undefeated was riding through a forest,he heard a loud scream and a ferocious roar.Sir Gawain urged his horse forward and sooncame upon a huge black lizard that was holdinga damsel in one scaly, knobby claw. “Whatever does a dragon want with a damsel?”wondered Sir Gawain. The idea seemed absurd tohim as well. But Sir Gawain did not have time for philosophicalquestions, because at that moment thedragon roared again, sending a ball of fire into theair, and the damsel screamed. Sir Gawaincharged. It was a fierce battle, which took quite along time, and an onlooker would doubtless havefound it gripping to watch. For some reason,though, secondhand blow-by-blow accounts ofbattles are not nearly so interesting as the thingsthemselves, so it won’t hurt anything to skipahead here. What matters is that when the fightwas over, the dragon lay dead at Sir Gawain’s feet. “Hooray!” shouted Sir Gawain triumphantly. “Iwon again!” “Oh, thank you, Sir Knight!” cried the damsel.“You saved my life!” “Yes, I suppose I did,” agreed Sir Gawain. “By theway, do you have any idea why the dragon capturedyou?” “What difference does that make?” the damselreplied. “He was an evil creature.” “Just wondering,” Sir Gawain said. “What matters is that you saved me, SirKnight,” the damsel repeated.  “Not Sir Knight,” Sir Gawain corrected. “I’m SirGawain. Sir Gawain the Undefeated.” “I’m ever so grateful to you, Sir Gawain.” “Yes, I suppose you are,” Sir Gawain replied. Heturned back to the dragon’s corpse and gazed at itwith satisfaction. “It was quite a fight, wasn’t it?Did you see how the lizard tried to get behind mebut I reversed my lance? A very tricky bit oflancemanship, let me tell you!” “Er, quite,” said the damsel. “And how, when it shifted to my weak side, Itossed my sword to my left hand? Not everyonecan do that, you know.” “Very clever of you, I’m sure.” The damsel’ssmile was smaller now. “Sir Gawain, to thank youfor your service, I would like to give you a gift:this green sash.” The woman began to remove agleaming strip of green silk from her waist. “Wearthis as a reminder of your victory, and—”  “Oh, I shan’t forget this victory,” Sir Gawain said. “But this is a special sash. As long as you wearit—” “I really don’t have a place for a sash,” Sir Gawainsaid. “Why don’t you keep it?” “Oh,” the damsel said. “Well . . . if you wish. ButI want to thank you somehow. Perhaps it wouldbe enough if I gave you a kiss on the cheek, justto—” “I say!” interrupted Sir Gawain. “You don’t thinkthat just because I saved your life we’re, youknow, in love or something, do you?” “What?” “Because a lot of girls might think that, butreally I would have saved any damsel. It didn’thave to be you. Besides, I’m not looking for a ladyof my own right now.” “A lady of your own? ” gasped the damsel. “I neversaid—” “Nothing personal, of course,” Sir Gawainsaid hurriedly. “I’m sure you’llmake a very nice lady for someonesomeday. It’s just that I’m not in the marketfor romance at the moment.” “Of all the . . . All I wanted to do wasshow you my gratitude!” Suddenly remembering King Arthur’slectures on courtesy, Sir Gawain bowedand said, “You’re very welcome,” thenturned his horse and rode away. He wasalready thinking about how he would tellthe tale of his great victory once he got back to theRound Table. The story was a success. Sir Gawain held thecourt spellbound as he recounted his defeat of thehorrible dragon, even during the duller bits whenhe described his lancemanship. But when he toldabout his conversation with the damsel after thebattle, King Arthur sat up. “Do you mean to say, Gawain,” the king asked,“that the lady tried to give you a token of thanksand you refused it?” “Well, yes.” “So then she asked if she could give you onekiss on the cheek, and you turned that down aswell?” “I didn’t want her to get the wrong idea, yousee.” “And I gather that you told her your name butnever asked for hers?” Sir Gawain blinked. The king was right. He hadno idea who the lady was. “And then,” King Arthur concluded, “you rodeaway, leaving her alone, on foot, in the forest?” For a moment, Sir Gawain was silent. “I didn’tthink about that,” he admitted, frowning. “Thatwasn’t . . . wasn’t my best choice, was it?” King Arthur shook his head. “I did say ‘You’re welcome,’” Sir Gawain said.“‘Very welcome,’ I think.” King Arthur covered his eyes with his hands.Sometimes in those early days he wondered whatit would take to prove to his knights that courtesywas as important as courage.

Table of Contents



Sir Gawain the Undefeated 1


The Green Knight 11


Spinagras the Dwarf 22


Gologras’s Castle 35


Sir Gologras the Unconquered 45


A Fairly Useless Tournament 55


Sir Gawain the Once Defeated



Saying Goodbye 82


Sir Bredbaddle the Huntsman 92


Sir Gawain the True 105

Editorial Reviews

An ingeniously integrated retelling of Gawain and the Green Knight and other episodes from the Arthurian canon. Worthy reading for all budding squires and damsels."- Kirkus Reviews, starred review The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great "Rejoice, fans of the Squire's Tales, Morris is finally bringing his terrific recastings of Arthurian legend to a younger audience? More, please."- Kirkus, starred review "The art catches the tone of the writing in the often-amusing ink drawings. A promising series debut for young readers."- Booklist "The book's brevity and humor make it accessible to reluctant readers, and it is a fantastic read-aloud."- School Library Journal "This trim novel, with simple vocabulary and brief, witty chapters, is an ideal fit for early readers? but fans of the legendary characters may find particular delight in this irreverent and unabashedly silly exploration of Arthur's court and his most influential knight."- The Bulletin The Adventures of Sir Givret the Short "? sure to please young readers enamored with medieval derring-do."- School Library Journal The Adventures of Sir Gawain The True "Broad humor, graced with lively language will have readers laughing along with this boisterous Arthurian adventure."- Yellow Brick Road "