Young Knights Of The Round Table by Cheryl Carpinello
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.
Children’s Literary Classics is pleased to announce that the children’s book, “Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom”, written by Cheryl Carpinello, has been selected to receive the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval. The CLC Seal of Approval is a designation reserved for those books which uphold the rigorous criteria set forth by the Children’s Literary Classics review committee, a team comprised of individuals with backgrounds in publishing, editing, writing, illustration and graphic design.
When youngsters, Gavin, Bryan and Philip join forces to clear the name of a friend who has been wrongly accused of murder and robbery, the three boys overcome numerous obstacles, including their own fears, to put matters straight.
This medieval story takes place in the fabled land of King Arthur and his royal knights. True to the legends of King Arthur, The King’s Ransom sets the stage for grand adventure and includes many of the core elements present in other Arthurian tales, including honor, loyalty and friendship. Cheryl Carpinello’s knowledge of medieval history is apparent in this timeless classic which is rich in historical realism and is as enlightening as it is entertaining.
Carpinello’s telling of this heroic tale is sure to introduce young and even reluctant readers to the joy of reading. “Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom” is a literary treasure and earns the Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Children’s Literary Classics, an organization dedicated to furthering excellence in children’s literature, takes great pride in its role to help promote classic children’s literature which appeals to youth, while educating and encouraging positive values in the impressionable young minds of future generations.
A Tween Adventure Novella/Action Adventure/Tales & Legends from the Ancient & Medieval Worlds.
Author/Teacher Cheryl Carpinello Writes Children/Middle Grade Fiction. Author Cheryl Carpinello’s Books Include ‘Guinevere-On The Eve Of Legend’ And Young Knights Of The Round Table: The King’s Ransom.
Author Cheryl Carpinello: Although a retired teacher, Cheryl still has a passion for working with kids. She regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. It seems she’s 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!
Cheryl loves to travel, and so 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 are: “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings,” Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” and “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White was all written to offer hope to a world embroiled in another world war. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens illustrates how unselfish true love enables people to offer the supreme sacrifice to preserve that love, while Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” shows how circumstances can cause people to do despicable acts. The one book that connects of all of these texts as well as a multitude of others is Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” The journey of the hero, depicted by Campbell, is a universal theme that never dies out.
Cheryl’s first book ‘Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend’ introduces young readers to the timeless King Arthur Legend and Guinevere the girl as she struggles with growing up and fulfilling her destiny. I hope young readers develop an understanding of the girl Guinevere, how she is like them today. Everyone has to grow up; everyone has unpleasant choices to make; and regardless of when we are born or how old we are, we don’t always get our way. And when that happens, we have to accept it and move on. Good lessons for any age.
“King Arthur’s Story” is a short excerpt cut from “Guinevere” in the final editing. Only available as an e-book, it gives readers a brief glimpse into Arthur’s reasons for seeking marriage with Guinevere.
The Legend of King Arthur continues to transcend the Centuries and All Age Groups because:
(1) The Legend is packed with adventure. Tales of knights fighting knights, rescuing damsels in distress, and the quest for the Holy Grail are found in vivid detail throughout the unending array of stories.
(2) The Legend is about heroes, the Knights of the Round Table: Lancelot, Tristram, Percival, Galahad and the many others. Specifically it is about the main hero, King Arthur.
(3) The Legend is about magic and mystery. Merlyn, the most famous magician ever, lives backwards in time!
(4) The Legend is about women and love. The regal Guinevere; the mysterious half sisters of Arthur: Morgan le Fay, Morgause, and Elaine; the witch Nimue who tricks Merlyn into revealing his secrets and then encloses him for life in a cave. The one thing all these women have in common is that they are misunderstood. Writers can’t even cast them into the same mold, especially the sisters.
(5) The Legend is about Hope. Arthur and his kingdom are essentially a utopia; a perfect world, at least in the beginning. There is a definite line between right and wrong. Chivalry rules the day. Arthur is the ruler who works not for himself, but for his people. In the time period that “The Once and Future King” was written (WWII), the Legend offered a safe haven for people’s dreams. It continues to do that and that is why she loves it.
Cheryl has just started publishing my children’s picture books under the series Grandma’s Tales. The first one is “What if I Went to the Circus and Came Home with?”
Sons Of The Sphinx (The Quest Books) has just been released. This book takes her readers out of Medieval England and back to Ancient Egypt for a visit with a famous pharaoh!
She loves to hear from her readers of all ages. Please contact her and let her know what you think of her books. You may contact her through her web site Beyond Today: http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com