The Seeing Stone: Arthur #1
It is 1199 and young Arthur de Caldicot is waiting impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his friend's father, Merlin, gives him a shining piece of obsidian, and his life becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the Arthur whose story he sees unfold in the stone. In this many-layered novel, King Arthur is seen as a mysterious presence influencing not just one time and place, but many. The 100 short chapters are almost like snapshots, not only of the mythic tales of King Arthur, but the earthy, uncomfortable reality of the Middle Ages. Written in the direct, open voice of a real boy living in a time of uncertainty about the future, this story touches on the issues of war and peace, social inequity, religion, reason, and superstition.
A crossover into the adult market Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award Shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Winner of the Smarties Prize, Bronze Award Unprecedented rights sales in 18 countries already Fantastic review coverage First title in the Arthur trilogy: AT THECROSSING-PLACES follows in August 'This book is a thing of beauty, and evidently a labour of love' Sunday Times 'this timely and wholly wonderful awakening' Times Educational Supplement 'has a remarkably contemporary feel as fantasy, history and Arthurian legend collide' The Guardian Solus colour advertising on the front-page of the Independent
Winner of Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2001.
Kevin Crossley-Holland won the Carnegie Medal in 1985 for Storm. His many notable books for adults and children include poetry, classic retellings and anthologies. He has written and presented many BBC radio programmes and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries. For some years he held a university post in Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. The Seeing Stone won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for 2001 and At The Crossing-Places on a Silver award at the 2001 SWPA Spoken Word Awards.