I Am Mordred

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I Am Mordred is a fantasy novel written by Nancy Springer. It begins with King Arthur having intercourse with his half-sister and placing all the newborn babies born on May 30 on a boat to drown, including his own son, Mordred. After a long, hard voyage through the cold waters of the ocean, only Mordred survives. A fisherman and his wife find and adopt him. When Mordred is about six years old, Nyneve, a sorceress, approaches and takes Mordred away to his biological mother. Mordred is not too keen on becoming a prince, for that means that he has to be a brave, strong, and skilled warrior, someone he is not.


I am Mordred is a Booklist's Top 10 Fantasy Books for 1999 and an ALA's Best Book for Young Adults.[1][2] The novel also won the 1999 Carolyn W. Field Award.[3]


  1. ^ "Best Books for Young Adults". Young Adult Library Services Association. American Library Association. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  2. ^ (subscription required) Estes, Sally. "Top 10 Fantasy Books for Youth: 1999". Booklist Online. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "Carolyn W. Field Award". Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Archived from the original on 5 March 2013. Retrieved 2 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

Davis, Stephen M. "The SF Site Featured Review: I am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot". SF Site. Retrieved 25 September 2011.