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Grade 2–4—Roland has always wanted to be a knight, but he's unlikely to achieve his dream since he doesn't come from a noble family. Then a messenger of the court arrives at his father's forge to proclaim that the blacksmith's fine armor has saved the life of the king during battle. To show his gratitude, the king has extended an invitation to one of Mr. Wright's two sons to become a page at the castle and a knight in training. Roland is beside himself with happiness until his brother also declares an interest, forcing their father to choose between them. To help make his decision, Mr. Wright creates a contest complete with jousting, archery, and other physical tests. How the scrawny, younger Roland goes on to beat his much bigger and more athletic sibling becomes a tale of more than just physical abilities. This engaging book, the first in a series, has accurate details about the Middle Ages and a feisty, persevering hero who demonstrates the qualities of a true knight, such as being a good loser and respecting others. Rogers's charming pen-and-ink illustrations enhance the story and may also make it more appealing to reluctant readers. A tiny picture of Roland's long suffering and adorable pet mouse, Nudge, appears at the end of each chapter in a pose that reflects the action that has just taken place. Boys, especially, will enjoy this story of chivalry, knighthood, and adventure.—Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL
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The year is 1409 and, more than anything in the world, nine-year-old Roland Wright wants to grow up to become a knight. But how can he? His father is only an armorer. True, he is the best armorer in all the land but, still, he is not a nobleman and only those of noble birth can aspire to knighthood. Or can they? One day a retinue of visitors from the Royal Court unexpectedly arrive at Roland’s father’s armory, and things suddenly get interesting! Readers will learn a lot about armor and what it takes to become a knight in this first volume of a planned Roland Wright series from Australia. The story is as quietly charming as the black-and-white illustrations by Greenaway Medal–winning artist Rogers. As a bonus, readers will find the first chapter of volume two (Brand-New Page) waiting for them at the book’s end. Grades 2-4. --Michael Cart
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Lexile Measure: 830L (What's this?)
  • Series: Roland Wright (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385738005
  • ASIN: B005Q73FAO
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,284,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Justin C. Hewitt on August 29, 2012
Format: Paperback
Fantastic read-out-loud book for my oldest boy (5) ... and I was hooked as well. Whenever we finished a chapter at night, I peeked ahead, aggravating the kid who thought it highly unfair I knew what happened before he did. Davis' setting is mediaeval and the scrawny, red-headed Roland, son of the county's best armourer, is an appealing, unpretentious hero.

Roland's dream is to be a smiting, blighting, smoting, slicing knight in the king's court. Davis manages to spin a gripping little narrative, and he explores sibling rivalry, justness, grace in defeat and trying one's best without ever being twee or sentimental. The author note says that Davis is the father of three boys - I'm not surprised. I'm sure Davis has siblings as well, because he knows oh-so-well the tension and friendship between brothers.
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By Critic101 on July 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read this book before my 9 year old got a chance to read it, and I must say that this book hits your right in the heart.

After my son read it, he came up to me and said that he wanted to read the other 2 books.

It is a good read to make a powerful point to a child that needs to learn some humility and ethics.

This books will teach that cheaters never win and only those who do things with all their might and with their whole heart end up being rewarded in the end.

It's one of those wholesome books, with a few laughs throughout.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I still read bedtime stories to my ten year old, even though he is quite certain he is too old for them. We got this one at the library and loved it. There was enough action to keep even a sleepy ten year old enthused and it has a nice pace for reading aloud. We are both "bummed" that we have to wait 10 months for the sequel to find out what happens to Roland.
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Format: Hardcover
My son (age 7) and daughter (age 5) are both loving this series. I read it out loud, but my son takes turns reading a page here and there. And he re-reads it on his own periodically. enjoy!
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By R. Colon on May 26, 2012
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Book is easy to read to my son and he loved it so very much! It also has elements of the catholic faith which is hard to find in a reader. It is not a neophyte reader but still a book for a newby who has reading experience under his/her belt. This will capture the imagination of those who want to be a knight in shining armour.
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