Title: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publication Date: March 30, 2009
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Recommended Age: 7+
At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history.
She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted–all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage.
For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits?
However, the wizard Merlyn–her teacher and friend–knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.
** Finalist Pre-Teen Literature: Dan Poynter’s 2011 Global Ebook Awards **
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My Thoughts: I liked how, in the story, there was a twelve year girl playing with a seven year old boy because it shows that you can be friends with anyone and it doesn’t matter their gender or age. So, I liked the relationship between Guinevere and her friend Cedwyn and I liked how Cedwyn said “Guin’ver” – it was cute.
My Bottom Line: I loved, loved this book and I would recommend it to girls and maybe boys 8 years and older.
My Thoughts: While much of Arthurian legend focuses on the adult characters of King Arthur, Merlyn, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, and the other knights of the round table, Cheryl Carpinello brings to life the story of Guinevere as a young girl prior to her role in the legendary love triangle involving herself, King Arthur, and Sir Lancelot. I love how Guinevere is depicted as strong and loyal yet contemplative. The reader is privy to Guinevere’s inner thoughts and turmoil concerning her decision to abandon her childish ways and embrace her responsibilities as daughter of a king and spokesperson and protector of her people. I thought she was an excellent role model for tween and teenage girls alike.
My Bottom Line: I read this story to both my children aloud. From Chapter 1 all the way through to the Discussion Questions, my children were captivated by the story. The story is a nice balance between action, elements of magic and fantasy, and important life lessons, all woven within the historical context of medieval times. This was an enjoyable and educational read and I would recommend Guinevere to tween girls and boys.
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“This story is enjoyable and easy to read. It is interesting and filled with enough Arthurian legend to keep young readers entertained. The questions at the end are great for comprehension and give the readers a chance to discuss their own take on the story. Overall, this is wonderfully written and filled with all the elements of a good story.” ~ 5-Star review from Jenny, Amazon
“Cheryl Carpinello’s take on the Arthurian theme is unique and enchanting. Her descriptions of everyday life, food, behavior, weapons, and attitudes of the early Middle Ages display a wealth of research. Information is subtly introduced to enhance the story and does not overpower the reader. Her descriptions are rich, palpable, and appropriate to whatever scene one reads. The moment when the children see the unicorns is one of poignant magicality. The scene with the brachet, the rabbit, King Pellinore, and the hapless Painted Dragon is roaringly funny! Cheryl Carpinello has created a book along the lines of The Once and Future King, with the same kind of appealing humor and dry wit in her Merlyn. She has included an interesting glossary for young readers to fully enjoy their understanding of an historical environment; as well as Q&A for educators, and a recommended reading list.” ~ 5-Star review from Fiona I., Amazon
“If you like stories based on King Arthur and fantasies based upon wizards, creatures of myth and books with excellent vivid imagery then this book is for you. It is clean and suitable for children aged 10 to 12 and even enjoyable for those with a young heart. I enjoyed this book very much and found it to be quite clever.” ~ 5-Star review from Christina L. P., Amazon
“Teachers are always on the lookout for books that fit well with the curriculum they teach. Any teacher of higher elementary through middle school, and even high school, who needs resources for teaching the Middle Ages, especially Arthurian Legends, will value this book. I recommend it as a veteran teacher myself.”~ 5-Star review from Dr. Jane N. W., Amazon
“Refreshing and fanciful, a perspective on Guinevere that people don’t consider, what with the focus on Arthur’s childhood. The rural homespun castle and kitchen are illuminating of the time. Guinevere’s adventurousness, as a girl who will someday be surrounded by courageous knights, is well-imagined. The detail is delightful at times. Storyline with bards and Merlyn is clever and in the tradition of the Arthurian legends.”~ 5-Star review from Katherine H., Amazon
About The Author: Cheryl Carpinello
I am first and foremost a teacher. Nothing invigorates me more than guiding young minds in exploring themselves and the world around them. Introducing young people to the literature of the ages and the importance of the written word (even their own!) is a thrill that has never subsided. And so today, I write for young readers (grades 3-6) and hope to capture their imaginations as they learn to love literature. I can think of no better vehicle to do this with than the eternal legend of King Arthur.
My first book Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend introduces young readers to Guinevere the girl as she struggles with growing up and fulfilling her destiny.
My second book Young Knights of the Round Table: The Kings’ Ransom brings to readers the cornerstones of Arthurian Legend: Honor, Loyality, and Friendship all packed into an exciting adventure.
I regularly conduct writing workshops for elementary students. We discuss the writing process I used to write Guinevere. Students then outline their own middle story with my guidance. I also conduct 4 hour writing workshops for Colorado Girls Scouts. We spend the time exploring the middle ages, writing poetry, learning runes, playing medieval games, and outlining their own medieval story.
Author Site: http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com/
Author Blog: http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com
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