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

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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 jewelled medallion is stolen from the king’s treasury, the Wild Man is accused of the theft and murder.

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Paperback, 117 pages
Published April 2013 by Beyond Today Educator (first published May 25th 2012)
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Fiona Ingram
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When the King’s Ransom, a wondrous jewelled medallion, is stolen from Pembroke Castle in Wales, it is up to three young heroes to band together to solve this mystery and save a life. Prince Gavin (12), the youngest son of King Wallace and Queen Katherine, and his two friends, Philip (13), an orphan, and Bryan (15), a blacksmith’s apprentice, are an unlikely trio, uneven in terms of social status but firm and loyal companions. Their friend, the Wild Man, is accused of murdering the king’s advisor ...more
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All ages
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: Renee at Mother Daughter & Son Book Reviews
I received an e-ARC copy of this book for a blog tour in return of an honest review. WOW. what can I say? This book filled my heart and soul to the brim of joy and happiness. I absolutely loved the story-line and the characters in the story. I also enjoyed the shocking ending which brought tears to my eyes and made me feel all warm and happy for the outcome of the characters. This story is full of action, suspense, and the glorious reminder of honor and loyalty to friends. I highly recommend thi ...more
Eric Tanafon
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The King's Ransom is a very enjoyable read. In the time of King Arthur, a young prince, a blacksmith's apprentice, and an orphan boy with a secret join together to find a stolen jewel (the "ransom" of the title) and save their friend, a mysterious hermit known only as 'The Wild Man'. Each has their own quest to fulfill to achieve their destiny. And they wind up solving not just one mystery, but three.

There's a lot to like here. The characters are fully realized, the story is well written and flo
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Renee
The Young Knights of the Round Table is an absolutely delightful middle grade book. It is a relatively short read at 84 pages; but, the characters, central plot, and themes are all sufficiently developed to make for a riveting story. The story is set in Arthurian times with many mentions of various geographical locations within Wales. Cheryl Carpinello spends much time detailing the setting making you feel as if you are there experiencing the same events as the characters.

I love how the characte
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Kirstin Pulioff
Sep 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
4.5 Stars!
This story made me smile. It is a wonderful adventure story that blends the history and lore about the medieval times of King Arthur, knights and quests. It also manages to stay true to its core tale of friendship and growth. A trio of boys, each of a different class, with their own set of fears, hopes and dreams, connect and form a believable friendship. When the kingdom's prized possession, the King's Ransom is stolen, a trusted adviser is killed, and their friend is wrongly accused,
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Renee
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Young Knights of the Round Table is an absolutely delightful middle grade book. It is a relatively short read at 84 pages; but, the characters, central plot, and themes are all sufficiently developed to make for a riveting story. The story is set in Arthurian times with many mentions of various geographical locations within Wales. Cheryl Carpinello spends much time detailing the setting making you feel as if you are there experiencing the same events as the characters.

I love how the characte
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Jemima Pett
Jun 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a well-constructed, exciting story of three friends from very different social backgrounds, set in West Wales in Arthurian times. Gavin, Bryan and Philip band together to clear their mysterious friend who has been framed for murder and the theft of a priceless jewel, the King’s Ransom.

I love the way the three are introduced, each in their own chapter, giving their background, their hopes and their fears. As misfits, they are drawn together, and guided in some of their more ambitious stud
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Todd Fonseca
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The King's Ransom - Arthurian Middle Grade Adventure

Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Rating: 4 of 5
Format: Kindle

When the King's ransom is stolen and one of his men murdered, young soon-to-be knights Gavin, Philip, and Bryan decide to make inquiries of their own. But when they learn the man who introduced them and taught them swordsmanship is accused of the crime, their curiosity in the case turns deadly serious. They vow to find the truth. But time is running out. King Arthur is soon to arrive, and if
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Cheryl Carpinello
Jun 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The King's Ransom Earns Literary Classics Seal of Approval

When youngsters, Gavin, Bryan and Philip join forces to clear the name of a friend who has been wrongly accused of murder and robbery, the three boys overcome numerous obstacles, including their own fears, to put matters straight.

This medieval story takes place in the fabled land of King Arthur and his royal knights. True to the legends of King Arthur, The King's Ransom sets the stage for grand adventure and includes many of the core ele
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Conda Douglas
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fast, enjoyable read that I believe any middle grade boy would be enthralled with, and girls too. Set in the fantasy world of King Arthur, the story follows 12-year-old Gavin and his friends on their individual quests to save their friend, the Wild Man. The story also is accurate as to the medieval time period in many respects. I was most impressed by the complexity of the emotional world of the main characters, their character and story arc were surprising but rang true and satisfying ...more
William Stuart
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
King Arthur and the legends surrounding him and the Knights of the Round Table are fascinating. Cheryl Carpinello combined the legendary figure with the coming of age story of three friends in her book King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table), and I had to add it to my reading list. Here are my thoughts!

Synopsis (from the author): Three Friends. Three Quests. Three Mysterious Predictions

In medieval Wales, eleven-year-old Prince Gavin, thirteen-year-old orphan Philip, and fifteen-year-ol
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Lydia
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although having higher expectations for this book, I wasn't overly disappointed - not that I would pick up the next title or something, but it didn't have me wishing to leave it at DNF state...

Young Prince Gavin wishes for nothing more than to grow up quickly and become a knight like the rest of his royal family. So does his friend, Bryan, a blacksmith apprentice. So when an old man they both consider dear gets accused of having stolen a jewel very important for Gavin's kingdom, they enlist the
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Alexis
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
* I received this and an ARC E book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review *

I loved this book! It was a short easy read that was packed with a great story! I didn't know what to expect but I'm very satisfied with the story! First let's bring up the fact that it's got King Arthur involved in the story! I love King Arthur and anything Camelot related!! It's a really great book for youngsters. Like I said it was super short and took me less than an hour to read!
Aurora
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-g-series
Name of Book: The King's Ransom

Author: Cheryl Carpinello

ISBN: 9781482527094

Publisher: Createspace

Part of a Series: Young Knights of the Round Table

Type of book: King Arthur, secrets, mystery, plot, young adult, myths, quest, Medieval Ages

Year it was published: 2012

Summary:

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
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Annie McMahon
Nov 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Positive Points
The setting and historical elements made the story interesting and believable. The additional information in the teacher's guide that came with the book and the fact that the author wrote other books related to King Arthur give me the confidence that a lot of research went into this book. I enjoyed visiting King Arthur's era and seeing the appearance of the king himself at the end of the book.

The three characters at the heart of the story were well developed. Each had unique perso
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Billy Buttons
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was recently entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our young readers thought:

FEEDBACK

Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Title: Young Knights of the Round Table, Book 1, The King’s Ransom

COVER: 5/10
In general, the young readers did not like the cover. When it was held up to a class, they thought it was a history book about a castle. As a teacher remarked in her feedback, ‘Kids want a bit of colour on the cover and a cartoon-style pic of the hero battling a dragon, not a brown-tin
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Wayne Walker
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can three young boys do to solve a theft and a murder? Eleven-year-old Gavin, who is almost twelve, is the youngest son of King Wallace and Queen Katherine of Pembroke Castle in Wales. His two older brothers, Sean and Robert, are knights, and Gavin hopes to become one too but is afraid that he will not be brave enough. His best friends are fifteen or sixteen-year-old Bryan Balyard, who is apprenticed to James the blacksmith, and Philip, a thirteen-year-old orphan with secrets who has lost h ...more
Lynn Worton
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.

This is a fantastic young adult adventure! I loved it!

Prince Gavin is the youngest son of King Wallace. He is a Page in his father's household, and in training to be a Squire. I liked this enterprising young man. He may only be eleven, but I found him to be brave and courageous.

Philip is a hard working young teen. Being an orphan, he feels very lonely at times, but his friendship with Prince Gavin and Br
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S.W.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging adventure in a historical setting, with likable characters.
The underlying theme that I got from this story was one of honour, loyalty and putting others first. It has some good lessons for young readers.

We have three friends as the main characters, each of them quite different. Phillip, who had endured horrible tragedy and made the most of what little he had. Bryan, who was sent by his family to learn the craft of a blacksmith, whilst dreaming of a life as a Knight. Gavin, a young
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Julie Grasso
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We begin the adventure first with Gavin, a young prince, fearful of his ability to fulfil his duty to his King. Then we meet Philip, a young boy orphan boy who lost his entire family to a dreadful blight. Philip, seeks refuge in the village that Gavin and his family rule over. Last but not least we meet Bryan, a young man who dreams of becoming a Knight, who has to accept his station in life and work hard to become a Blacksmith. Gavin, Philip and Bryan, become fast friends, united in their desir ...more
Create With Joy
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Stop by Create With Joy now through October 6, 2013 for your chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card as part of Cheryl Carpinello’s Book Tour!

For years, there’s been a Wild Man living in the forest outside of Pembroke Castle, where King Wallace reigns. No one knows who he is, where he came from, or why he is there.

So, when a murder occurs inside of King Wallace’s castle and the King’s Ransom – a powerful medallion – is stolen – everyone believes that the Wild Man is responsible for these terrible
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Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Gavin, the 12-year-old prince, Philip, a 15-year-old who lived at the church and was an orphan, and Brian, a 16-year-old blacksmith's apprentice, were best of friends despite their age differences and social status. The boys befriended a man they called the "Wild Man" who lived in the forest by himself. The Wild Man is accused of murder and theft of the famous "King's Ransom", and unless the King's Ransom is found, the Wild Man will be executed in front of the legendary King Arthur. The boys pro ...more
Lin Holmes
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Arthurian England...Excalibur....Lancelot...Gawain...Merlin....Guinevere.

Why do those names still make us sigh and think about what could have been, and wish for what the legend tells us was before the manipulations of Morgana and Mordred brought it to its knees?

THE KING'S RANSOM takes place during those times when England was not a unified country, but many separate monarchies, with Arthur striving to bring them all together. I love the tales of this time, when magic and treachery both played p
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Beverly McClure
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What happens when you take a young prince, an orphan boy, and a young blacksmith’s apprentice, and add a man called the Wild Man, a witch, a ghost and a robbery? You get an adventure, a quest, and a few surprises along the way, that’s what.

In Author Cheryl Carpinello’s MG novella, THE KING’S RANSOM, we meet three boys, each facing his own demon. Gavin, the youngest prince of Pembroke Castle, is soon to be a squire. He’s also afraid. Philip, an orphan, is friends with a man known as the Wild Man.
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Melanie
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm mixed on short stories because I usually feel like I want more but I like that it doesn't take me long to read a book. This book felt complete to me! We meet the characters, Prince Gavin, the orphan Philip and the blacksmith's apprentice, Bryan, and they are upset that their friend, the Wild Man, has been accused of murder and theft. They decide to do whatever they have to in order to save him. They each set out to do their part and face their fears.

Gavin is a young prince training to become
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Laurie Cameron
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When eleven-year-old Prince Gavin realizes that his father’s knights have arrested the Wild Man for stealing the king’s ransom and murdering Aldred, he knows in his heart that they have the wrong man. He must save the Wild Man, but he will need help. And who better than the two friends the Wild Man has helped him to meet: Phillip, who has lost his parents and baby brother to fever and now does chores for the friar for room and board, and Bryan, a blacksmith’s apprentice who longs to become a kni ...more
Stephanie Dagg
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A prince, an orphan and a blacksmith’s apprentice are brought together in this lively historical/mythical fiction for tweens and young adults. When their friend, the Wild Man, is accused of having stolen a valuable medallion from the king, Gavin, Philip and Bryan set out to prove his innocence. Their paths aren’t easy and they face various challenges, their own fears and difficult decisions as they travel away from their native Wales into the realm of King Arthur. We also meet a ghost and a witc ...more
GaryandRuth
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
A superbly written book for Young Adults. Cheryl has captured a time and place that is different from our own and presented it in an easy and exciting form for younger readers. The adventure is solid, fast-paced and exciting (even to this ancient reader!), the characters well-developed and the plot-twist at the end, although expected to this reader well-versed in Arthurian Lore, is bound to excite and enthrall younger readers.

My only criticism really, is that this is a book publicised as being p
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GaryandRuth
Apr 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
A superbly written book for Young Adults. Cheryl has captured a time and place that is different from our own and presented it in an easy and exciting form for younger readers. The adventure is solid, fast-paced and exciting (even to this ancient reader!), the characters well-developed and the plot-twist at the end, although expected to this reader well-versed in Arthurian Lore, is bound to excite and enthrall younger readers.

My only criticism really, is that this is a book publicised as being p
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Lu Ann
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story portrays the interactions of three young men as they unite in their desires to be knights and in their quest to cause justice to prevail.

This is a great book for elementary aged and early teen reading. It is entertaining, yet contains a wonderful teaching element

Although the fairy tale is idealistic, it is well written and smoothly moves from one character's views to another character's views and from one scene to another.

With plenty of action - and a couple of surprises- this is a fa
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