Have you ever meet a group of people and feel they must have a connection with you and each other that you can't quite put your finger on? This is exactly what happens to Ellie Harrison in Meg Cabot's Avalon High. Except, instead of figuring out you all went to camp together or some such coincidence, Ellie learns that the friends she is making at her new school are actually modern day counterparts of the Arthurian Legend. One word, awesome.
When Ellie arrives on the scene, she immediately notices the gorgeous Will Wagner. He's gallant and charming, just like I imagine King Arthur might be. The more she becomes acquainted with this new group, Ellie discovers Jennifer Gold and Lance Reynolds are more not quite the honest girl friend and best friend Will thinks they are.
Cabot tells readers about the Order of the Bear, which is unfortunately not a real organization (read posts from Meg's message board on the topic). In the book, this society is in charge of preserving the legend and believes the legend recreates itself with each new generation. I don't know about you, but I always have a soft spot for anything that is supposedly a secret society. It seems so mysterious and fun.
A few years ago, Disney made Avalon High into a television movie (watch the trailer here). I enjoyed the movie, but as usual, the book is much, much better. It's got the incomparable humor of Meg Cabot, relationship drama, and the amazing legend. I love it!
This book continues in the form of a graphic novel series. Try them both! Also, the countdown is on to the release of Meg's new teen book, Underworld, the follow up book to Abandon. I will definitely be reading it when it is available on May 8. If you've not read Abandon, you simply must. Check out my review of Abandon here.