Parsifal's Page by Gerald Morris
Piers is desperate to become a page to escape the dirty, tedious labour of his father's blacksmith shop. So when a knight arrives announcing that he's on "the quest", Piers begs to go along. Off on a series of adventures he never dreamed possible, Piers and the knight quickly run into difficulties. The knight is slain by Parsifal who is on a quest of his own. Parsifal is unlike anyone Piers has ever met. He doesn't behave in a knightly fashion at all. Slowly, Piers realizes that being a knight has nothing to do with shining armour and winning jousts. And, as their journey continues, they find that to achieve their quest they must learn more than knighthood: they must learn about themselves. It is a tour de force of humour, action, magic, and true love.