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

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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 and The Horde, a bunch of brawny bullies who rule the school.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Graphix
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Gabriel F.
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nh, ang
Talked about being new kid at school and bullies, but left a lot to be desired. Not my favorite reading for kids. Lexile 520 - Reading Counts: 4points
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Short and sweet.
pretty cool idea and plot but it's just so short that it barely takes a day to read
but it was still a great book and i would recommend it to people who like fantasy and graphic novels
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Cindy Dobrez
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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.
Austin Phadoungsyavong
You are think want rule school by student who control with old locker like king or legend but not real if not get skill or something then will ruin friend, thing, and everyone but anyone can just do it and get plan you will see happen.
Dec 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
Clever riff on King Arthur for the 5-7th grade set. Fun read.
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: eng-471
Artie simply wants to be able to survive his new school without being brushed off as a loser like he had been at other schools in the past. He makes new friends fairly quickly and decides he really just wants to fit in. The pressure for Artie to fit in is what pushes him to refer to himself as a dodgeball legend when talking with his new friends. It is this lie that brings Artie into a dilemma he may not be able to get himself out of. Artie needs to come up with a solution and fast in order to t ...more
Nancy Kotkin
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: boy-appeal
So much to love about this well-constructed graphic novel for middle grade readers. References to the King Arthur legend abound, even in the details like the Valiant Blade comic books Artie reads and Artie's locker number 001XCL. Mr. Merlyn is a wise but cool character, a tough combination to get right. But my personal favorite characters are the soothsaying lunch ladies stirring the cauldron, straight out of Macbeth.

Cammuso really nails middle school, right down to the lightning-speed gossip gr
Nicole Harris
Fun take on King Arthur using a middle school setting. Great artwork with storyline.
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great graphic novel for young readers! Fans of Arthurian legend will find a lot to love in this title, as our hero fights off bullies to earn his place in a new school.
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A cute and funny King Arthur story set in an elementary school.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I think this book was o.k. I love comics, but not this one
Theron Williams
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
The Legend of King Arthur + Good Morning Miss Bliss = The Dodgeball Chronicles (Knights of the Lunch Table)
Mar 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Alison Flemming
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Dani Shuping
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Bethany Mcguirk
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: libs-642
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
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
Sarah W
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookaday
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
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I think the book was good because a new kid has to play Dodge ball and fine a group of 4. Also it is a good graphic novel.I like dodge ball. Finally there was a spider loose in the school and the new kid was the only person that can open locker 001XC.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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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