Welcome to our contribution to the World of Ink Virtual Blog Tour for Cheryl Carpinello’s two middle grade Arthurian legend books, The King’s Ransom and Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend.
Below you will find:
* Information about The King’s Ransom
* Excerpts from our review of Guinevere
* Information about author Cheryl Carpinello
* A Giveaway for your chance to win copies of both books
About the Books:
Title: The King’s Ransom: Young Knights of the Round Table (Book #1)
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Year published: 2012
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Number of pages: 84
Recommended age: 7+
Summary: Experience the true meaning of friendship and loyalty as three friends, motivated by their belief in the Wild Man’s innocence, embark upon life-changing quests testing their limits and forcing each to confront and conquer their fears or face humiliation and/or even death, in their attempt to save their friend.
Title: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend
Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Year published: 2009
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Number of pages: 122
Recommended age: 8+
Mom’s Summary: We are introduced to young Guinevere of Arthurian legend, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, when she is expected to take her rightful place as Lady of the kingdom. But the motherless Guinevere we meet is a spirited adventure-seeker and she feels conflicted about her new role and the expectations placed on her by her father, King Leodegrance, who has an even bigger surprise in store for her.
** For our full review of Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, please click HERE. These are excerpts from our review. **
Daughter Says: 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. It was interesting to read how people in those times lived. It was weird that in medieval times, girls would get married so young. I wouldn’t want to get married so young [Mom: thank you, thank you, thank you!!].
I loved, loved this book and I would recommend it to girls and maybe boys 8 years and older.
Mom Says: Carpinello introduces elements of legend and magic as a metaphor for the position that Guinevere finds herself in. When Guinevere follows a shadowy figure into the forest near the castle, she encounters a rarely sighted unicorn and learns of the purpose and fate of its kind. The plight of the unicorn, as well as the story of the red deer, touches Guinevere deeply and helps her to understand and accept her own destiny which was laid out for her at birth. Carpinello weaves these elements within the story so beautifully and lays the foundation for the lessons learned by Guinevere (and the reader!).
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.
About the Author:
Although a retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello still has a passion for working with kids. She regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. She is 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!
She loves to travel and 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 include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King, and any by the duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
You can find out more about Cheryl Carpinello, her books and World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/ajka7zv
Follow Cheryl Carpinello at:
Beyond today Educator: http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com
Carpinello’s Writing Pages: http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com
Publisher Website: https://museituppublishing.com
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Prize: One lucky winner will receive a print copy of BOTH The King’s Ransom AND Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello
Contest Closes: Feb. 3, 11:59 pm, 2013
Open to: U.S. & Canada
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Terms and Conditions: A randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email!