Parzival : The Quest of the Grail Knight

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Acclaimed storyteller and Newbery medalist, National Book Awardwinner, and Laura Ingalls Wilder award recipient Katherine Paterson breathes new life into this classic tale of action, adventure, and romance. Raised in the wilderness, Parzival knows nothing of his destiny as the Grail Knight--the one who is fated to seek the sacred vessel of hope and eternal life. To succeed in his quest, Parzival must struggle against countless obstacles. His triumphant story is one that will move readers to joy and despair, laughter and tears.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 12.7mm | 113.4g
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0141305738
  • 9780141305738
  • 293,871

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An unknown destiny ...

A terrible curse ...

A never-ending quest ...

Raised by his mother in the wilderness, Parzival knows nothing of knights and chivalry -- or of his own destiny as the son of Gahmuret, a member of Arthur's Round Table. Yet once he reaches the age of manhood, he finds himself thrust into a world of honor, loyalty, and sacrifice. Parzival's bravery and good deeds soon become renowned throughout Arthur's kingdom. But when he fails to say the words that will heal a dying king's wounds, he must undertake his greatest quest -- a search for the Grail, the sacred vessel of hope and eternal life. Will Parzival succeed? Or is he fated to search for the Grail forever?
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Review quote

"Nearly 800 years old, the story has freshness, humor, grace, and depth". -- School Library Journal, starred review
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About Wolfram von Eschenbach

Katherine Paterson is a legendary children's books author whose work has garnered many awards, including two Newbery medals (Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981), two National Book Awards (The Master Puppeteer in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins in 1979), and the Laura Ingalls Wilder medal for her substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Some of her other award-winning books include Come Sing, Jimmy Jo, Flip-Flop Girl, Lyddie, and Stories of My Life. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for 2010-2011 and is currently vice president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance. She lives in Vermont.
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206 ratings
3.21 out of 5 stars
5 12% (25)
4 33% (67)
3 31% (63)
2 15% (30)
1 10% (21)
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