#405 – Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

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Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom

by Cheryl Carpinello

Jodi Carpinello, illustrator


5 Stars

Back Cover:  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 jeweled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Ma 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 will have to disclose the biggest secret of all.

Opening:  Gavin bounded down the keep stairs, eager to discover the cause of the cacophony echoing through the tower.  The snorting and whinnying of horses competed with the voices of knights calling to each other across the courtyard.  He stuffed his green tunic into his black breeches as he ran.


The following review was written on January 29, 2013.  There is little, if any, that can be improved upon.  I have taken out some redundancy and hope the need to edit is due to my own improvement since January.  Ms. Carpinello has improved her skills since she first wrote this medieval coming of age tale. The King’s Ransom has gone through additional editing, making this a tighter story, but the tale is the same wonderful tale first reviewed so many months ago.  That is the nice thing about Indie publishing: revised editions can hit the shelves much quicker than traditionally published tomes. When you read this review, remember The King’s Ransom is now a better book, mechanically, than in early 2013.

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Prince Gavin, Philip, and Bryan all have a secret that could hinder their quest to save Wild Man.  Each hope this journey will release the pain of their secret.  It is difficult to give a complete synopsis without PEMBOKEgiving away what makes this story special.  The boys each come from different social status in a society steeped in castes, yet because of King Wallace’s ruling style, no one questions the relationships. King Wallace rules with grace and compassion, tempered with a sense of fairness.  The kingdom is happy and productive.

King Edward’s kingdom is just the opposite.  Edward wants to rule wants to rule over as much land as he can, only stopping his power grab because of King Arthur, who many believe is the true ruler of VILLAGEBritain.  It is conceivable that King Edward would want the King’s Ransom, and the power that comes with it, but would Wild Man conspire with this ruler?  During their quest, the boys find out information that makes them question Wild Man’s innocence, yet they honor their vow to help their friend.  In addition to loyalty, these three boys exhibit courage, cope with change, and show tolerance with each other and toward others.

The King’s Ransom has more layers than an onion and Ms. Carpinello does an expert job peeling them back to revealing twists and turns, complete surprises, and a completely satisfying read.  NEWBecause the story is a mere 76 pages—eighteen short chapters—the action remains fast-paced.  Just as things slow down, allowing you to catch your breath, something happens to take it away.  Each chapter flows seamlessly into the next.

Ms. Carpinello has constructed a tale with every element today’s kids like, yet make them feel fresh and new.  She has mastered medieval times and the legend of King Arthur, researching every detail.  Readers will have no choice but to learn many new details of medieval life. With secret passages, villains, unexpected surprises, twists with big reveals, fast paced storytelling, and characters worth our time and loyalty, Ms. Carpinello’s King’s Ransom is an excellent tale of medieval times and King Arthur and his court.  The story will entertain her target middle grade audience, younger MANORBIERadvanced readers, and older readers who love masterfully written stories.  The King’s Ransom is an adventure that will entertain even reluctant readers, especially boys.

**A teacher’s guide is available, deftly written by Ms. Carpinello, the teacher.  The guide is filled to the brink with enough material for an in-depth study of The King’s Ransom and the legend of King Arthur and his court.  Ms. Carpinello has included comprehension questions broken down by chapters; discussion questions; project ideas; a word search puzzle, references, and a longer synopsis of The King’s Ransom.


Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom

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Released May 26, 2012

Re-Released 2013

ISBN:  978-1-77127-056-4

84 Pages

Ages 8 – 12


© 2013 by Cheryl Carpinello, used with permission

Text copyright © 2012 by Cheryl Carpinello

Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Jodi Carpinello

MuseItYoung is an imprint of MuseItUp Publishing


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Cheryl Carpinello’s Book Blog Tour 2013

The King’s Ransom–Tour Schedule

 September 9

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September 10

The Wise Owl Factory Book A Day (Review + Supplement)

September 11

Fiona Ingram (Review)

September 12

Mary Sutton (Author Interview)

September 13

Tales of a Bookworm (Review)

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September 14

Jemima Pett (Review)

September 15

S.W. Lothian (Review)

September 16

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September 17

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Review)

Stitch Says (Author Interview)

September 18

Fiona Ingram (Author Interview)

September 19

Mommynificent (Review)

September 20

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Guest Post)

September 21

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

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September 22

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September 23

Fantasy Fun With Kirsten Pulioff (Review)

Published Bestsellers (Review)

September 24

Stitch Says (Review)

September 25

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

September 26

Inkspired: A Blog (Review)

September 27

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September 28

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September 29

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September 30

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11 thoughts on “#405 – Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

    • Thank you for taking the time to stop by! My sister-in-law did the drawings for me. She’s permanently on my payroll!!


  1. Thanks, Sue, for your review of “Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom.” Love how the drawings look in the review. Thanks for hosting me and letting me meet your viewers! Cheryl


  2. Thank you for your comprehensive review of Young Knights Sue. I love those pencil drawings – thanks for including those. I totally agree that given the length of the book (it’s shorter), the themes, and the focus on the coming of age of the three boys, this would be a great selection for reluctant readers. Thanks for taking part in the Young Knights Blog Tour!


  3. Pingback: Blog Tour Launch & Giveaway: Young Knights of the Round Table by Cheryl Carpinello | Mother Daughter Book Reviews

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