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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
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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.

A Tween Adventure Novella


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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: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,821 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read for all ages June 16, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exciting Arthurian Adventure September 10, 2013
Format:Paperback
When the King's Ransom, a wondrous jeweled medallion, is stolen from Pembroke Castle in Wales, it is up to three young heroes to band together to solve this mystery and save a life. Prince Gavin (12), the youngest son of King Wallace and Queen Katherine, and his two friends, Philip (13), an orphan, and Bryan (15), a blacksmith's apprentice, are an unlikely trio, uneven in terms of social status but firm and loyal companions. Their friend, the Wild Man, is accused of murdering the king's advisor and stealing the marvellous medallion, a symbol of absolute power and justice, but only in the right hands. Kings have enemies, and it soon becomes apparent that someone was after the medallion for the prestige it would bestow. Gavin, Bryan, and Philip race against time to find the medallion, reveal the true killer, and save the Wild Man's life. They have only a few days before the arrival of King Arthur. If the medallion is not found, the Wild Man will be executed in front of Arthur. Can they overcome their fears and fulfil this momentous quest? Is it possible the Wild Man has tricked them all and simply used their friendship to get closer to the medallion?

What a delightful story. I am familiar with Cheryl Carpinello's writing from reading and reviewing her first Arthurian book, Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. Then I was entranced by the author's spell-binding descriptions of life in Arthurian times and her meticulous attention to detail. Cheryl's skills have remained as bright as ever with the unfolding of this fast-paced tale, threaded with mystery, adventure, a bit of magic, danger, darkness, and lovely twists in the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Children, parents, and educators will be delighted that Cheryl Carpinello, author of "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" is back with another King Arthur story for young readers. Like "Guinevere," "The King's Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table)" is a chapter book and also the first in a projected series of "Young Knights of the Round Table" novels.

While King Arthur and one of his greatest knights (to say which knight would be giving away the plot) make cameo appearances in the book, the primary story centers around Gavin, the Prince of Pembroke Castle, and his two friends, Philip, a young boy with secrets, and Bryan, a blacksmith in training, as they seek to save the life of their mysterious friend, the Wild Man, who has been training them for knighthood. The Wild Man has been accused of murdering and stealing the gold and emerald medallion, known as the King's Ransom, which allowed its owner to wield enormous power. Convinced the Wild Man is innocent of the crime, Gavin and his friends are determined to find out who the real killer is before King Arthur arrives to watch that justice is done and the Wild Man put to death.

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?

As a teacher, Carpinello has been teaching the legend of King Arthur to her young students for over twenty years, so she has a good sense of what children want to read as well as how to educate them through a story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Introduction to Castles and Quests
I have a large collection of Arthurian literature. I believe it is something all ages should be allowed to enjoy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by DogsMom
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 6 months 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 9 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 14 months ago by Sandy Smith
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 16 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 17 months ago by Melanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Knights, Swords and Adventure - All in One
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... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dr. S. Drecker
5.0 out of 5 stars Intrigue and Honor From Start to Finish
Being the "old fashioned" type I purchased the paperback edition of this book and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sheila K. Herrmann
5.0 out of 5 stars This story made me smile :)
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kirstin
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 17 months ago by Angie M. Bodine
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A Bit About Myself:

I love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more through my Quest Books.

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

My Arthurian Tales are aimed at reluctant readers. A series of stories from ancient lands and legends will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.

I love to travel, and so my other job is with a major airline. Because of this, we've spent three weeks in Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other. In 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland.

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