The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
This book is recommended for advanced readers in fourth grade and up
Taran has been recently promoted to Assistant Pig-Keeper at Caer Dallben, home of Prydain's eminent and ancient enchanter. Taran aspires to much greater glory than pig-keeping, and finds himself in an unexpected adventure battling the Horned King, alongside Prince Gwydion.
This is the first book (of five) in the Chronicles of Prydain series, which is loosely based on Welsh legends. Readers may not be familiar with sword-fighting or some of the challenging vocabulary, but they can easily relate to Taran's eagerness to be more special and important than he thinks he is.
Other books in this series:
The Black Cauldron (Newbery Honor)
The Castle of Llyr
The High King (Newbery Medal)
Book Advisory Information: Moderate Violence (swords), Disturbing Incidents, Use of Magic/Enchantments
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