Title: Avalon High
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 320
Advertised Age Level: Young Adult
Age and Grade of Main Character(s): 16 yrs./Junior
Language: no profanity
Sex: kissing only
Drug/Alcohol Use: none
Violence: one fairly intense scene involving a character threatening others with a gun
Social Issues: parental pressure, cheating on a boyfriend
Suggested Movie Grade: PG
Premise: New student Ellie finds herself in the middle of a medieval fairytale come to life when she starts attending Avalon High. Popular guy Will just may be the reincarnation of King Arthur, complete with girlfriend Jenny who is seeing best friend Lance on the sly. And Mr. Morton, the math teacher, is convinced that they are all destined to reenact the events of Camelot, complete with tragic consequences in the form of Will’s bitter step brother, Marco, who is out for revenge. But Ellie determines that her role as Elaine, the Lady of Shalott from the historic fable, will not come to pass if she can do anything about it.
Comments: One scene between Ellie, Will and Marco becomes very intense, with one character threatening the others with a gun.
Sex is limited to kissing. One character “cheats” on her boyfriend, but the relationship is never described. At the end of the story, Will moves in with Ellie’s family, but it is not romantically motivated.
Will’s father is overbearing in his insistence that Will go to the school he has chosen for him. The parental pressure is strong enough to drive Will to leave home.
Age Appropriateness: 11 and older