Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanks to The Young Knights

This week I want to share with readers my thanks for the exceptional job my Three Young Knights are doing.

October 2012 

2012 Children’s Literary Classics Book Awards:

The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table) earns the Silver Award for YA Fiction.

November 2012

2012 USA Best Book Awards:

The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table) honored as a Finalist in the “E-book: Children’s Fiction.

The King's Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table)

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.

Five Bookworm Review by This Kid Reviews Books


This was a great book! I liked all of the action and excitement in it. Ms. Carpinello wrote this book really well and it was very appropriate for kids even though it deals with fighting and a wrongfully accused person. Ms. Carpinello described the time period really well, I felt like I was a knight in medieval times! I really love that the story features a bit of King Arthur legends in it! The ending had a couple of great twists that had me totally surprised! The only thing I’d change about the story is I would have liked to know how the boys became friends. It did not tell you that and I think it would have been nice. I like the things that the boys did to try to save the Wild Man. Those were pretty good parts to read about. I like all of the three boys. They were all great characters, each special in his own ways. I think kids ages 9+ will really enjoy this book.

Thank you, Young Knights!


  1. Hi Cheryl, congrats on your latest review from Erik. The book sounds delightful. See you in the bloggosphere, cheers Julie

  2. Yes, mazel tov on your Erik review. I know he's selective in what he takes on, so the fact that he read and praised it so highly really means something! You go, girl! :-)

    1. Ilana, Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to stop by.

  3. Congratulations on the awards and accolades. All well-deserved! Thanks for linking into the Kid Lit Blog Hop once again. We're looking forward to having you host with us next time. :)

    1. Thank you, Renee. Can't wait to co-host the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  4. Fantastic! It's so rewarding to hear others sing your praises :) Great way to start the holiday season! Thanks for continuing to link in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop :)