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Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom (The Young Knights of the Round Table Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Cheryl Carpinello
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Action Adventure Kindle Book

Three Friends. Three Quests. Three Mysterious Predictions.

At Pembroke Castle in medieval Wales,11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan, brought together in friendship by the one they call The Wild Man, embark upon a quest to save The Wild Man's life when he is accused of murder and robbery. If they have any hope of succeeding, the three will have to confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. But it is the arrival of King Arthur and what he reveals that surprises characters and readers.


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The adventures these future Young Knights of the Round Table experience in their quest to save their friend are filled with the fantasy and adventure story elements that children love to read. There's a villain, secret passages in castles, swordplay, and even a witch. And with King Arthur's appearance, astonishing secret identities being revealed, and a happy ending, what more could anyone want in a good read?

--Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of "King Arthur's Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition"

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A Middle Grade Adventure Novella by Cheryl Carpinello


In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith's apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king's treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder.


Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight's quest to save their friend's life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all.

Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Product Details

  • File Size: 197 KB
  • Print Length: 84 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (May 26, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0086MEW76
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #979,257 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for reluctant readers September 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
We begin the adventure first with Gavin, a young prince, fearful of his ability to fulfil his duty to his King. Then we meet Philip, a young boy orphan boy who lost his entire family to a dreadful blight. Philip, seeks refuge in the village that Gavin and his family rule over. Last but not least we meet Bryan, a young man who dreams of becoming a Knight, who has to accept his station in life and work hard to become a Blacksmith. Gavin, Philip and Bryan, become fast friends, united in their desire become expert swordsman. Each of the three, unwittingly befriend a mysterious man new to the village. "The Wild" man has no station in life and is of no one of consequence to anyone in the village. He seems to know an awful lot about how to handle a sword, patiently instructing the three each night as they practise.

That is until the day he is accused of the theft of "The Kings Ransom", a gold medallion, rumoured to be impart great power to anyone who in possession of it. The theft alone was bad enough, but a beloved an trusted servant to the king was also killed during the theft.

Gavin, Philip and Bryan unite in their quest to clear the "Wild Man's" name, but to do that they must discover the identity of the real murderer and thief.

Each of the boys, must overcome their fears and demonstrate great courage, in order to fulfil their part on the quest to bring the murderer to justice.

This was a delightful rollercoaster of a read, taking us on a journey with each of the characters. There were moments of great sadness, where I felt so wholeheartedly for the characters and their situations. Ms Carpinello has woven a wonderful tale of facing your fears, and finding the courage within, as each character plays their part in solving the crime.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for all ages June 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a fast, enjoyable read that I believe any middle grade boy would be enthralled with, and girls too. Set in the fantasy world of King Arthur, the story follows 12-year-old Gavin and his friends on their individual quests to save their friend, the Wild Man. The story also is accurate as to the medieval time period in many respects. I was most impressed by the complexity of the emotional world of the main characters, their character and story arcs were surprising but rang true and satisfying. The author did an excellent job of portraying rich and varied people in a rich and varied culture. Only one small thing bumped me as a reader, I do not think that one of the surprises at the ending was well enough foreshadowed. But overall, I'm looking forward to reading this author again--and I'm an adult.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knights, Swords and Adventure - All in One September 27, 2013
Format:Paperback
Pull out those swords and slide into your armor - can one slide into something that bulky? - Doesn't matter because this story will still feed the fantasy of children (especially boys), who dream of the days of knighthood. And at 120 pages, it won't weigh them down like a suit of armor either.

This was a fun story. The characters were enjoyable and exactly as young knights should be, not perfect but not naughty; they definitely have their hearts in a noble direction. I loved that they are willing to risk all to save a friend, a cause kids will cheer for. Of course, the up-beat action, evil advisory, sword fights, secret-tunnels and witch make the story even more appealing. Yep, all those things that make the medieval world so exciting.

I found the writing very fitting to the time period without falling into the trap of feeling too heavy or boring. The settings were described well, letting the reader fall into the time period.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and Honor From Start to Finish September 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Being the "old fashioned" type I purchased the paperback edition of this book and was not disappointed. The story line is filled with just the right amount of detail and suspense to keep readers of all ages engaged from the first page to the last. I read it twice just to make sure I had not missed anything and enjoyed each and every page. The characters display an enormous amount of loyalty to each other as well as their strange friend and are not afraid to stand up and fight for the truth to the end. In today's world where those who are different are often treated unkindly this book exemplifies the courage and honor we all want our children to emmulate. While written with the "tween" ages as a target audience, readers of all ages will enjoy sitting down with this book or having it read to them as a perfect bedtime story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story made me smile :) September 22, 2013
By Kirstin
Format:Kindle Edition
This story made me smile. It is a wonderful adventure story that blends the history and lore about the medieval times of King Arthur, knights and quests. It also manages to stay true to its core tale of friendship and growth. A trio of boys, each of a different class, with their own set of fears, hopes and dreams, connect and form a believable friendship. When the kingdom's prized possession, the King's Ransom is stolen, a trusted adviser is killed, and their friend is wrongly accused, these three are determined to find out the truth, and to free their friend. With a quest that leads them into rivaling territories, through the darkest of nights, and to the edge of death, it will take more strength, bravery, and skill than they dreamed.

There was so much to love about this book. With it's positive tone, fast pace, and interwoven plot, this book has something to appeal to everyone. There were a couple of moments where I wish the story had more depth (covering the back story of the treachery, and more foreshadowing of a big reveal at the end), but overall, this is just the type of book my son would love to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is definitely not for boys alone! Girls will enjoy it also.
In their quest for to justice to prevail, three young men unite in their desires to be knights.

The fairy tale story is idealistic but is still a great book for... Read more
Published 25 days ago by LAWonder
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic YA Adventure!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a fantastic young adult adventure! I loved it! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynn Worton
5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Story of Courage and Loyalty
I recently had the pleasure of reading The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table) by Cheryl Carpinello. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mrs.SmithRm101
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure awaits!!
Filled with action and adventure! Didn't want to put the book down, always wanted to know what the next part of the adventure was going to be. Great way to learn about knights!
Published 10 months ago by Jason A. Hegge
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read!
I'm mixed on short stories because I usually feel like I want more but I like that it doesn't take me long to read a book. This book felt complete to me! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for kids who struggle to enjoy reading
First off, I loved it. I thought it was a perfect size book. Short and sweet. It was just 84 pages, but those pages were pretty action-packed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Angie M. Bodine
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, action-packed adventure for tweens and teens
The Young Knights of the Round Table is an absolutely delightful middle grade book. It is a relatively short read at 84 pages; but, the characters, central plot, and themes are... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for boys and girls
This was a wonderful book with fascinating characters. The young Knights all have their own stories that are combined into a rich adventure as they try to rescue a common friend. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ashley Howland
4.0 out of 5 stars An engaging adventure in a historical setting, with likable...
The underlying theme that I got from this story was one of honour, loyalty and putting others first. It has some good lessons for young readers. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SJJM
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A Bit About Myself:

As a retired teacher, my passion is working with kids. I regularly conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. The kids thoroughly enjoy writing their own medieval stories complete with dragons, wizards, unicorns, and knights!

I write Quest stories that eventually will span time from Medieval times to Ancient Egypt to the island of Atlantis, so far!

My hope is to reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and soon a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.

I love to travel, and so my other job is with a major airline. My favorite trip was a three week visit to Egypt with my husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other.

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