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Today I am honored to be a stop on the blog tour for Cheryl Carpinello’s book, Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom.($)
Here is the summary of the book from Amazon:
In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan are brought together in friendship by one they call the Wild Man. When an advisor to the king is killed and a jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder. Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.
My thoughts on the book:
I absolutely loved this book. I didn’t really expect to, as Arthurian legend is a little overdone, in my opinion, but this book has just enough Arthurian legend to tie it to and draw from that period of history while being jam-packed with fantastic new characters and fresh plot twists. I am rarely surprised by things in books, but this book really surprised me with a few events I totally did not see coming! I highly recommend this book for young readers! It would be an excellent tie-in to a unit study about King Arthur.
The only negative thing I have to say about this book is that I did not love the use of the word “bloody” as an exclamation by the characters. My understanding of this is that it is not offensive to American readers, but I know that it can be very offensive to British and Australian people, and since we live in a very multicultural setting, it’s not an exclamation I want my kids to pick up. I’ll still encourage them to read it; I’ll just make sure we have a conversation that it’s not an appropriate word for them to use.
Places you can purchase this book:
Amazon($)* Muse it Up * Barnes and Noble
Mrs. Carpinello also has a special page for educators where you can learn about special educator pricing, receive free teaching materials with book orders, and find out how shipping costs might be reduced.
A few words about the author, Cheryl Carpinello:
Although a retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello still has a passion for working with kids. She regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/ middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. She is not the only one who loves Medieval Times and the King Arthur Legend. The kids thoroughly enjoy writing their own medieval stories complete with dragons, wizards, unicorns and knights!
She loves to travel and her other job is with a major airline. Her favorite trip was a two week visit to Egypt with her husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other. Some of her favorite books include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King, and any by the duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
Author Site: http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com/
Author Blog: http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com/
Facebook page: Author Cheryl Carpinello
Goodreads author page: Cheryl Carpinello
Google+: Cheryl Carpinello
To find out about other stops on the Young Knights of the Round Table Blog Tour, please stop by the launch page at Mother Daughter Book Reviews! I’m especially excited about the supplemental activities made available by the Wise Owl Factory.
*** Young Knights of the Round Table Blog Tour Giveaway ***
Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash
Contest runs: September 9 to October 6, 11:59 pm, 2013
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