- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 720 (What's this?)
- Series: Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers (Book 1)
- Paperback: 118 pages
- Publisher: Bublish, Inc. (August 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997487577
- ISBN-13: 978-0997487572
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom (Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 1, 2016
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About the Author
Cheryl Carpinello uses her love of the Ancient and Medieval Worlds to introduce young readers to the timeless legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. As a retired English teacher, she strives to inspire young readers, especially reluctant readers, with exciting tales and legends, packed with adventure.
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Synopsis (from the author): Three Friends. Three Quests. Three Mysterious Predictions
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.
What I liked: Adding a coming of age twist to the King Arthur era was a neat storyline to me. Gavin, Philip, and Bryan all have different fears to confront, and each handled their quest bravely. The idealism each displayed was inspiring, and there was enough action and intrigue to keep my attention. Add to that a few interesting secrets, and the stage is set for a good story. Lastly, although written for ages 9-12, I enjoyed the read!
What I didn’t like: King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Roundtable) had a few predictable parts, especially during the three quests. Additionally, though I liked the characters, they were a bit clichéd.
Overall impression: King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table) by Cheryl Carpinello captured the essence of the King Arthur legends and the idealism embodied in the stories. With good characters, nice plot twists, and a few surprises, the book is an excellent read for ages 9-12 (or anyone who simply enjoys a good book!
My rating: 5 Stars
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.
I loved the twist at the end, and Ms Carpinello weaves in her vast knowledge of King Arthur and the legendary knights of the round table so wonderfully.
This was a quick read, which I recommend to 10+ due to some of the vivid imagery and mild language.
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