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Ebook Details
  • 05/2012
  • B01K9BE2JE
  • 88 pages
  • $8.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2014
  • 978-0997487572
  • 118 pages
  • $8.99
The King's Ransom, Book 1 of Young Knights of the Round Table

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

A Recommended Read and recipient of the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. 2014 Gold Award eBook Winner for Juvenile Fiction from Global eBook Awards; 2013 EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/YA from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.; 2012 CLC Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction. Three Friends...Three Quests...Three Mysterious Predictions. In this action-packed MG/Tween Arthurian adventure, 11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith apprentice Bryan face a ghost, a witch, and an evil villain in their struggle to clear the Wild Man of murder and theft. Do they have what it takes to be Knights of the Round Table, or will they falter in their quests? Answer the hero's call to adventure with Gavin, Philip, and Bryan. See if you have what it takes to be a Knight of the Round Table.
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Readers' Favorite

Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers' Favorite

In a literary world rife with paranormal characters and situations, "The King's Ransom" offers a refreshing and realistic approach to pre-teen medieval reading material. The three young protagonists come from different levels of society: a prince, a blacksmith's apprentice, and an orphan. When their friend, "the Wild Man", is accused of murder and theft, they so strongly believe in his innocence that they join forces to clear him. Each one faces his own fears with determination in the quest to solve the mystery, a journey filled with danger and suspense, and, ultimately, a highly satisfying conclusion. The Knights of the Round Table, King Arthur and his famous sword, Excalibur, and even Sir Lancelot make brief but powerful appearances in this tale of coming of age.

Cheryl Carpinello has written a clean, tight read without using any of the props so prevalent in the young reader's genre. Although there is a "witch" and a "ghost" in the story, they are secondary and realistic characters playing supportive roles. The three young heroes: Gavin, the youngest prince who longs to be a knight; Bryan, the blacksmith's apprentice who also longs to become a knight; and the orphan Philip who has secret longings, all set aside the boundaries of class to work together. Carpinello writes, "On his quest to save the wild man, he [Gavin] had learned a man was only as good as his beliefs." I thoroughly enjoyed this lovely book and was genuinely surprised by some unsuspected revelations.

News
12/31/2014
Multiple Awards/Recognition

2012 - Silver Medal & Seal of Approval, Literary Classics; Finalist, USA Best Book Awards

2013 - Finalist, Ariana Cover; Merit Award, CIPA Evvy

2014 - Gold, Global eBook Awards

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 05/2012
  • B01K9BE2JE
  • 88 pages
  • $8.99
Paperback Details
  • 05/2014
  • 978-0997487572
  • 118 pages
  • $8.99

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