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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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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
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
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
Cindy Dobrez
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
May 21, 2015 Macy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids looking for laughter
Recommended to Macy by: My teacher
In Knights of the Lunch table a boy named Artie just moved. Artie misses the bus because his sister reminded him to take out the trash too late. On Artie's walk to Camelot Middle School he met Mr.Merlyn and a boy named Percy. Artie's principal only cares about the game of dodgeball. When Artie gets to school his principal assigns him to a locker that hasn't been opened in years. Legend has it that whoever opens that locker will rule the school. Everything was ok until Joe Roman walked up. Joe R ...more
The book starts out with Arthur(or Artie) King going to Camelot Middle School. When Artie goes to school he finds some friends named Percy and Wayne, and his science teacher Mr. Merlyn. When they start walking around the school they see The Horde. One of the kids from the group comes over and takes his lunch. They give it to their leader Joe Roman. Joe chokes on it and thinks it's poisonous when it really is dish soap and they start to look for him. Artie gets sent to the principals office. The ...more
Artie King was having a dream about a monster saying both where is my diary and where is wart boy. When Artie woke up his sister made him a sandwich which had soap in it. The bus parking in front of Artie's house, but Arie forgot to take out the trash. The protagonist is Artie and the antagonist is Joe Roman. The main conflict is when artie was challenged to a dodgeball game, the attempt was Artie accepting it. When Artie missed he know a shortcut lucky and met his new friend Percy and they walk ...more
The book starts out with Artie and his family having to move to a new town.Artie had to go to new school. Atrie misses the bus on his first day of school and on is walk to school he meet a kid named Percy.They become friends and walk to school together.At school Artie finds out about the bullies at school their name is the hoard.The leader of the hoarde is Joe. He eats Artie's lunch (which his sister put dish soap in) and now he wants to kill Artie. Artie gets a locker that only a dodgeball lege ...more
Bethany Mcguirk
Cammuso, F. (2008). Knights of the lunch table: The dodgeball chronicles. New York, NY: Graphix.

Graphic Novel
ALSC Graphic Novel Reading List 2012

This graphic novel is a school-based, modern day spinoff of two King Arthur tales: The Sword in the Stone and King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. However in this graphic novel, Artie King must defeat a group of bullies known as “The Horde” after opening up the legendary locked locker he received when he entered Camelot Middle School. While K
The local library has a growing collection of graphic novels in the kids book section (essentially comic books in a soft cover book package) While too many of them are anime, there are a few fun reads there.

This is the tale of King Arthur with a sort of junior high twist to it. Artie King is a new student at school. Instead of pulling the stone from Excalibur, Artie King opens up a magical locker that nobody else has been able to open.

The elements of the original story are all here in some for
The book starts off with a boy named aurther king the main character is asleep and is dreaming about a giant dodgeball and its saying give me back my diary but it was just his sister morgan and auther had just moved. aurther had missed the bus and he met Mr.Merylan and he said to go the short cut way thats where he met percy (boy). later on he gets locker number (001xcl) witch no one can open so then he gets it opened and trhe bullies or the horde gets mad and the leader of the book wants artie ...more
a kid named Artie has to move and he does not like his new school. When he's at school he meets a dodge ball team called the horde and they "rule the school". once he gets school he goes to Ms. Daggers office the principals office to get his locker. once he's at his locker a kid named Joe roman the leader of the horde starts bullying him. Artie makes a team with some friends from school to play the horde. They need one more player so they go to arcadia and find a man to play on their team. I lik ...more
This book has many funny times. For example, Artie's sister Morgan made a sandwich for him to eat at school for lunch and put soap on it. Artie faces some ups and downs. An up is he made friends and a down is his principal is really mean. Artie, his mom, and Morgan moved in to a new house. Artie made new friends and enemies really fast. In Artie's new school there's one locker that no one can open. On the locker it has the code written on it. Still, no one can. That lock is also the locker his ...more
Jasmyn H
Cammuso, F. (2008). Knights of the Lunch Table The Dodgeball Chronicles. New York: Graphix

Junior Book Log: Graphic Novel

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Artie King is the new kid at Camelot Middle School and his first day is all ready off to a rough start. He misses the bus, the school bully is out to get him, and the principal thinks he's a troublemaker. Artie ends up embarrassing the school bully and is challenged to a dodge ball game so the bully can try to redeem himself. Can Artie survive this modern day twi
Arthur King is starting his new school at Camelot Middle School. He is afraid he won't make any friends because he stinks at sports. Until he opens a very old locker that no one has been able to open in a very long time. Joe and the "Horde" of bullies challenge Arthur and his two new friends, Percy and Wayne, to a dodgeball game, losers get expelled. Artie decides to have a girl named Gwen to join the team. The big day came and the Knights were ready to play dodgeball against the biggest bullies ...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.
The book has funny parts. the books starts in Artie's dream were a monster dodgeball is chasing him. he wakes him up. It is his first day of his new school. Artie has orange hair. he is brave, and has a mean sister. Artie lies that he is a dodgeball legend. His enemy is the Horde, and the principal.

I like the book because it has a lot of problems in it. Also because it is his first day of his new school and he is already popular. Artie meets some weird friends. I also like how he is called war
Emma Hoyer
This is a clever book, and I do see the similarities between Arthur King's adventures and those King Arthur's. They are not completely the same, obviously, but the similarities are a nice tough for someone who is an English Literature major and has read a decent amount of literature involving King Arthur.

I like graphic novels that offer something more, and this book definitely has it's lessons. Books with lessons are more beneficial, I think, for students, because it's more than just a story. St
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
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
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
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
Andy 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
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
there is a main chariter artie and the hord are the two mane charitors the main part of the book is that ther is this doge ball game and who ever wins rulls the schol i wist i can tell you but to find out you have to read it sorry

i liked the book becese artie lid and said he was a donge ball tapuan at this old school there was this looker he got and peopple said it is curst and it has not been opened for years so he want to this looker and it opened right away
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
I'm not a fan of graphic novels but this one is adorable. The PTA purchased copies of the first three books of the series Knights of the Lunch Table for my classroom library.

I put these books out for students to read after STAAR testing. They devoured the books with one particular student reading all three books in one sitting.

I love the legend of King Arthur references. I even like the drawings. It's a cute and light read.
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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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