The Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table, #1)
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The Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table #1)

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In this funny new series from Eisner Award nominee Frank Cammuso, the Arthurian legend is reborn--in a funny, average-joe, middle-school boy and his pals.

Artie King just wants to ease into life at Camelot Middle School. He’s got new lunch buddies, Percy and Wayne, and his science teacher, Mr. Merlyn, is pretty cool. But then there’s scary Principal Dagger and big bad Joe a
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Published July 1st 2008 by GRAPHIX
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Cammuso, F. (2008), Knights of the Lunch Table: The dodgeball chronicles. New York: Scholastic.


141 Pages.

Appetizer: Artie and his family have just moved to a new house and Artie is nervous about starting his new school, Camelot Middle School. And he learns he had reasons to be nervous. It turns out the school is ruled by bullies and an unjust principal. It falls to Artie and his two new friends to rise and battle the bullies (the equivalent of a horde of Roman soldiers) in a game of do...more
Gabriel F.
I just finished this book and I will tell you about, There was a boy name Artie King that just moved into the neighborhood and he moved into a school. There is a evil teacher in the school. After Artie went into the school everyone was talking about the new kid saying "it's the new kid" again and again. Then he new about the locked locker. If you didn't about the locker they say you will be cursed for the rest of eternity. Later in the school he tells everyone that he was the best dodgeball play...more
Arthur (Artie) King is the new kid at Camelot Middle School, and the last thing he wants is to be in the spotlight. Unfortunately, he attracts attention as soon as he opens his locker-- a locker that "gives the owner strength and might" and makes him the king of all the students. Between the scary Principal Dagger, the Horde of bullies, and a potentially deadly game of dodgeball, Artie is just trying to survive his first week at Camelot Middle.

In this first installment of the Knights of the Lun...more
I found this in my new book order last week and barely remember ordering it, but am so glad I did, and even happier that I brought it home this weekend. What a hoot! Arte King is starting 6th grade at Camelot Middle School and becomes the leader of the geeks after he opens a locker that no one has been able to open in years. Cammuso's art is fab and the school and King Arthur humor is great. This will be perfect to recommend to fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Merlin is a bald, black, goateed, scie...more
This was terribly choppy. From frame to frame, it wasn't always apparent where the characters were located or who they were talking to.
I thought the Arthurian references were sort of adorable, but they will be completely wasted on readers who have never heard of King Arthur.
This is not a must-read.
Dec 08, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Amelia's Seventh Grade Diary
If this book had a name, it would be Cutie McCutester. Adorable Authurian retelling that places dorky Arthur King in middle school. "I'm not the chosen one! I'm usually the last one chosen!" Love!
Clever riff on King Arthur for the 5-7th grade set. Fun read.
Artie King has just moved to a new town, into a new house, which means today he will be starting his first day at a new school. He just wants to make some new friends, maybe have a cool teacher - He’s not setting out to be a rebel or be the most popular kid at Camelot Middle School or anything.
But staying inconspicuous doesn’t last for long- people definitely start to notice Artie- but unfortunately the kind of people who start noticing him aren’t the kind of people you ever want paying attenti...more
Sarah W
This graphic novel tale of good versus evil in the form of middle school bullies and a vindictive school headmistress is Arthurian legend retwisted. Artie King is newly enrolled at Camelot Middle School and having the opposite of a good first day at school. Between a forgotten chore and a scornful older sister, Artie misses the bus. When a henchkid of the school bully tries to swipe the lunch of another kid, Artie offers up the lunch he knows his sister messed with that morning.

When the bully's...more
Alison Flemming
Knights of the Lunch Table: the dodgeball chronicles by Frank Cammuso (Scholastic 2008). 141p. Graphic Novel

Summary: This is a graphic novel about the typical struggles of school. Artie is the new kid in school and has to overcome the challenges that come with that. He moves to a school where dodgeball is important and he had always the last one picked at his other school.

a. This is a fun and interesting graphic novel that shows the difficulties that school can have. It is very relat...more
Artie King (late of Cornwall) had just enrolled at Camelot middle school. Not wanting to be a misfit, he tells his new friends Percy and Wayne that he was the all state Dodge ball champion at his old school (not true). They think this is great because Dodgeball is the school sport and it's current champs are the Horde lead by the evil bully Joe Roman. Gulp!

If that isn't bad enough, Artie has run afoul of the horrible Principal Mrs. Dagger who wants more than anything to cut the deadwood out of...more
Andrew Shuping
Am I the right age for this series? Nope...but that doesn't mean I can't read a fantastic twist on the King Arthur legends. I love how this story progresses. We meet Artie King who is just starting at a new school, Camelot Middle School. And the first day he: makes two new friends, meets Mr. Merlyn, gets detention, offends both Principal Dagger (a mean woman) and the bully Joe Roman--leader of the Horde! Oh and he opens a locker that no one has ever been able to get open, that gives him just wha...more
Artie's first day at Camelot Middle School is off to a bad start--he missed the bus, ran afoul of the bullies, was assigned a bum locker that hasn't opened in years, and may have led his new friends to believe he was some kind of dodgeball legend. So when the bullies challenge Artie and his friends to a do-or-die dodgeball game, Artie's the only one who knows they're doomed... or are they?

The writing is maybe a little clunky at the beginning, but it smooths out fairly quickly. The Camelot allus...more
Truth be told.....this book really surprisd me. I didn't think I would enjoy it so much. I mean sure I love all graphic novels but this one really had original smart quotes and a plot the made you want to keep reading more. I thought it was so good I read it in one day! Your probably thinking " The books not that big, and it ain't that hard to finish in one day! " Well Im so sorry if I cant read fast! And besides this is my review!
I wanted to read this book because.....well Miss said I had to wr...more
Matti Karjalainen
Arthur "Artie" Kingin ensimmäinen päivä Camelot Middle Schoolissa on värikäs. Hän päätyy heti kättelyssä niin koulun pahisjengin kuin rehtori Daggerin hampaisiin ja joutuu uskottelemaan olevansa entisen koulunsa polttopallomestareita, vaikka todellisuudessa urheilu ei ole vahvoja puoliaan.

Valkoinen valhe vie Artien ja hänen ystävänsä tukalaan tilanteeseen, jonka panoksena on paljon enemmän kuin yhden pallopelin voitto tai häviö. Onneksi tukea antaa ystävällinen opettaja Merlyn, ja oma roolinsa t...more
This is a terrific book to have in the classroom for independent reading. It's common school themes (e.g. bullying, dodgeball), cute drawings, and easy to follow storyline make it a good independent reader for those students who like more graphics and illustrations in their stories. If students didn't pick it up right away, which I think they would, you could do a book chat for it.

My second grader loves this whole series.
Good graphic novel, colored pictures, Book 1 in the series. Artie’s family just moved and he’s starting in a new school, one where the bullies, the Horde, excel at dodgeball and are cherished by the principal as a result. There’s a haunted and unopenable locker which the principal assigns to Artie when it’s clear the Horde will torment him. Despite the difficulties, complicated by a snotty older sister, Artie makes friends, has some good teachers, and figures out how to open the locker. All this...more
Lady Knight
This was an amazing graphic novel! It parodies the "Sword in the Stone" legend of King Arthur as well as parts of Macbeth.
Artie King just moved and has to start a new school. He's terrified because dodgeball is all the rage and he's the worst player ever! Upon arriving he makes a couple of friends, unfortunately when trying to recapture his friend's pet tarantula, he trips the principal. She, being quite angry, assigns him "The" locker. No one has been able to open this locker in decades despit...more
Arthur King is assigned a legendary locker at his new middle school. The legend states that whoever can open it rules the school. Artie is able to open it which causes major problems for him with the schools biggest bully, Joe who is also the local dodgeball champion. Arthur is well liked by one of his teachers Mr. "Merlyn" who helps him out with Joe and his gang of friends called The Horde. Principal Dagger does not like Arthur and she sets up a dodgeball game. She is trying to get rid of Arthu...more
Because I seem to have bad luck with requesting books, I'm reading the first installment second. It was nice to see how the characters are all introduced, and I'm still greatly amused by the connections of the middle schoolers to the characters of the King Arthur legend. This is a hilarious concept, executed well.

And yes, once again, the Ladies of the Lunch are my favorite. I don't think I can ever tire of fortune telling through a cafeteria menu.

I really disliked dodgeball as a kid, so I symp...more
Beth Nieman
What a fun and clever graphic novel from Frank Cammuso! I started to glance casually at it and had to read the whole thing. Artie King just moved into town from Cornwall and is the new kid at Camelot Middle School. His rotten sister, Morgan, is the type of girl who sabotages her little brother's brown bag lunch by putting dish soap in his sandwich. It doesn't matter too much, since Artie has his lunch stolen by a big bully, but when the bully eats it, he comes after Artie for trying to poison hi...more
Ike Iloka
I really like this book because I sometimes feel like that new kid. Arte King is a regular kid. He is a chosen one in the new school that he moves to called Camelot Middle School. He is a very audacious kid and finds two new friends named Percy and Wayne. He has a very avowed supporter of a mom but a brat of a sister. He meets Percy by a cave where a supposed monster lives that at the end turns out to be a dog. He meets Wayne by Wayne telling him to get his Gameboy when he gets it stolen. Arte i...more
Artie King must start a new school--Camelot Middle School and he just wants to blend in. However, he is destined to open a funky old locker that nobody has been able to open in years. Legend has it that however can open it will be king of the school. This does not sit well with resident bully Joe, head of the Horde, who rule the school and head up the dodge ball team. This leads to a challenge--whichever team wins a dodgeball game will be the king of the school. It's not as simple as it sounds,...more
Xtreme Xeed
May 10, 2008 Xtreme Xeed rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: people who feel bullied
Recommended to Xtreme by: a media specialist
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Artie King is nervous about his first day a his new school, Camelot Middle School, but he’s hoping for a fresh start. At least here no one knows yet how terrible at sports, especially dodge ball, he is. But thanks to his rotten big sister, his first day gets off to a rocky start when he misses the bus and has to hustle to get to school on time. Then he gets on the principle’s bad side, gets assigned a locker that no one’s been able to open in ages, and accidently tricks the school bully into eat...more
I really enjoyed this graphic novel for a number of reasons. First of all, you have to love the illustrations in this book. Every character has their own cute styles and the drawings are full of extra things you can look for. The book is longer then most graphic novels which I really enjoyed. I always thought that was a major drawback of most GN books, but this book is perfect in length. I really enjoyed how the author followed the storyling behind King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table....more
I'm about halfway finished with this book and I am not loving it... I'm sharing it aloud with my Third Graders, using our Promethean Board so they can see the illustrations. Frank Cammuso is coming to our school at the end of January to meet the students. For someone who is working hard to teach students to treat each other with kindness and respect, it is hard for me to read a book that is filled with hateful put downs and bullying. Even the character of the principal is a bully. Perhaps I just...more
Cute graphic novel in the vein of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and twist on the King Arthur myths, new kid Arthur King claims to be a dodgeball champ in order to get friends and of course gets sucked into a dodgeball game to the death vs the school bullies the first week of school. Thankfully though, he is blessed with a "magic" locker that makes him the king of the school and gives him two friends, Percy and Wayne, to help him out. I liked that the author/illustrator manages to slip in a Macbeth refere...more
New twists on old classics aren't anything new, but this graphic novel of the King Arthur legends taking place at Camelot Middle School certainly breathes new, 21st century life into this medieval story and makes it accessible to a whole new group of readers! I recommend it! This graphic novel may lead readers back to the original or teachers can use this graphic novel within a study of classics and when writing homespun new takes on folktales, myths and legends. There are two other books in the...more
Amy Brown
Who doesn't remember that wonderful game of dodgeball that everyone has to play in school. Artie King is new to Camelot Middle School but it doesn't take long before the scary principal is after him and bullies are picking on him. Artie is given an old locker that no one has been able to open (and a locker that he can open) and the trouble really begins. Everything culminates to the end with Artie and his band of knights playing against the Horde (the bullies picking on him) in a game of dodgeba...more
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Frank Cammuso is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel series The Misadventures of Salem Hyde from Amulet Books. He also created the graphic novel series Knights of the Lunch Table from Graphix/Scholastic. Frank drew the comic Otto’s Orange Day and Otto’s Backwards Day for Toon-Books. He also wrote and drew his self-published graphic novel Max Hamm Fairy Tale Detective, for which he received...more
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Otto's Orange Day (Toon) The Dragon Players (Knights Of The Lunch Table, #2) The Battling Bands (Knights of the Lunch Table, #3) The Misadventures of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde, #1) Otto's Backwards Day: Toon Books Level 3

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