Title: Avalon High
Author: Meg Cabot
Ships launched: 822
Year Published: 2005
Genre: YA romance, Fantasy
Synopsis: To newcomer Ellie, Avalon High seems like a typical American high school, complete with jocks, nerds, cheerleaders, and even the obligatory senior class president, quarterback, and all-around good guy. But it doesn't take Ellie long to suspect that something weird is going on beneath the glossy surface of this tranquil hall of learning. As she pieces together the meaning of this unfolding drama, she begins to recognize some haunting Arthurian echoes, causing her to worry that she has become just a pawn in mythic history.
The legend of King Arthur is well known throughout the world. Avalon High takes the classic tale and turns it into a fascinating story of love and adventure for teens. Ellie is just your normal everyday girl. She loves to swim, run, and do other normal things. Soon she moves to a new school in a new state where she undertakes the adventure of a lifetime with the legendary characters from camelot. At her new school Ellie catches the eye of senior class president/national merit finalist/quarterback Will. Unfortunately he seems to play a part in the reincarnation of King Arthur's court.
This book is of my favorite Meg Cabot books. Ellie is extremely likeable. She's quirky and a tall geek girl. Will seems perfect, except for when he's not. Even Lance and Jennifer are likeable although they... well you'll see. The characters are well crafted for teens yet still show a hint of their Arthurian legacy.
The plot is engaging and there is never a dull moment. Cabot doesn't skimp on the small things, Excalibur and other elements of Camelot are included in the plot. The story is packed with excitement, adventure, and romance which mix together to make the story an unique work.
+10- Great relatable main character.
+12- Remains (somewhat) true to the legend of Camelot.