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The Once and Future Geek

(The Camelot Code #1)

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Young King Arthur accidentally time travels to the 21st century and googles himself, discovering the not-so-happily ever after in store for him once he pulls the sword from the stone. He decides he'd much rather stay here--and join the football team instead.
Now modern day gamer geeks Sophie and Stu, with the help of Merlin, find themselves in a race against time to pull a
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Hardcover, Revised edition; Middle Grade edition, 346 pages
Published November 20th 2018 by Disney Hyperion (first published April 14th 2014)
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Once and Future Geek (The Camelot Code) by Mari Mancusi

A virtual game becomes real life for best friends Sophie and Stu.
It's a retelling of King Arthur and Camelot and what happens when magic causes traveling to the twenty-first century.

A fun adventure for the grade school readers.
Touches on blended family, altruism and friendships. And that magic can solve lots.
Lizzy (Bent Bookworm)
~*Review first appeared on The Bent Bookworm!*~

The Once and Future Geek is a fun, fast frolic through time and space as the young protagonists try to keep history’s course steady. While the target audience is middle grade, and the writing and plot make that clear, even as an adult I enjoyed the story – especially since I’ve been a gamer (in another time, when I *had* many free hours in a day) and so many of the phrases and occurences in the story had me laughing and nodding because yes, that is
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Allie
Nov 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, review-copies
So so good!! I can't wait to write the full review for this one!! 😍

Full Review:

I absolutely loved this book! It had me hooked from the very beginning and I honestly couldn't put it down. There were so many little references that were included that sometimes made me laugh out loud; they were definitely a great touch! There were pieces (especially the football scenes) that reminded me of the movie (I know there's also a book, but I haven't gotten to it yet. *hides* I was addicted to the movie whe
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Rajiv
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2018-books
Please watch my video review of the book here: https://youtu.be/mwEwQTEQ3fM

A BIG thank you to Disney Hyperion and Netgalley for providing an ebook ARC copy of this book. This book was amazing! I loved reading every minute of it. The story is fast paced and has a lot happening to all the characters, so there’s never a dull moment. It has adventure, fantasy, romance, humor, video games, and even history trivia making it so entertaining! I have become a fan of Mari Mancusi and cannot wait to read h
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Dena (Batch of Books)
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was great fun. I read it aloud to my nine-year-old daughter and she ate it up. She laughed at the jokes and squeaked at the suspenseful parts. It was great.

It's a time-travel adventure about King Arthur as a young boy. He accidentally travels to the 21st century where he discovers that life is much easier, tastier, and better than in medieval times. With the help of Google, he also discovers how his true love betrays him and how he dies on a battlefield. Who would want to return to tha
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Jessica Robbins
Nov 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-print, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

This is the cutest middle school fantasy novel! We get to follow Sophie and Stu who are modern day best friends as well as avid video gamers. They are obsessed with this game about Camelot which unknown to them they are playing with the actual Merlin from the past. Merlin can time travel as well as send others and he is training Arthur. When the two worlds collide we get lots of adventure, action, and ju
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Sarah Marie
The Camelot Code by Mari Mancusi

3.25 stars

Sophie Sawyer and her best friend, Stu, spend their days and nights trying to defeat the wicked Morgan Le Fay in their favorite Arthurian videogame, The Camelot Code. One day she receives a text about Camelot Code that sends her into a world where King Arthur and Merlin really do exist and they need her help. Arthur having no idea of his destiny decides to be the hero for once and finds himself in Sophie’s modern day high school. Merlin enlists in Stu to

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Megan
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Me, at 11pm: All right, I should probably not start this, but it's going to be ridiculous; I'll read a few chapters and then probably finish it tomorrow.

Me, at 11:15pm: OH NO IT'S CUTE haha Merlin hacked the magical well to get good WiFi that's hilarious

Me, at 12am: I should probably go to sleep, but what if I read one more chapter? Maybe if I read one more chapter, Arthur will stop being a douche.

Me, at 12:30am: OH NO IT'S CUTER oh no I like Lucas that wasn't meant to happen

Me, at 12:45am: OH
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Jessica Folded Between the Pages of Books
This book is ridiculous! In the best way possible!! I love Mari Mancusi books because they're so fun and adorable and ridiculous!

This story is told from 4 different perspectives (but all 3rd person POV). First we have Sophie, aka Lady Bella, who spends most of her time playing a Camelot based mmorpg with her best friend Stu and another guy named Melvin. Stu, aka Lord Vanquish, has a secret crush on Sophie and even with all the drama and danger happening, is generally more worried about asking h
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Julia
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Book Consultant
This middle grade novel tells the entertaining story of what happens when legendary King Arthur (only 12 years old in this book) time travels to the 21st century and googles himself, thereby discovering the hardships and betrayals he will someday face. Naturally, he decides to stay in the 21st century to avoid the trials and tribulations of his medieval life. It’s up to Sophie and Stu (12 year olds from the 21st century) to save the day (or die trying!).

I was a little hard on this book initially
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Aparajitabasu
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My first Mancusi book and it was hilariously and epically amazing. Legends and that too of Camelot always makes for an interesting read or worth watching if it is as a television show (like Merlin). Of course with time travel in the mix I just couldn't resist.

Sporting a story for a young audience but can be enjoyed by everyone, The Camelot Code provides for an entertaining easy read. Ingrained in with the values of friendship, d
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Cami
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been meaning to read a book from Mari Mancusi for a while now, considering all the fantastic things I've heard from her other novels.

I picked "The Camelot Code" because it boasted to things I love: time travel and King Arthur's legend. Let me assure you, I was not disappointed.

Even if this book is meant for a teenage audience (or even Middle Grade), I loved it. It's a sweet story about friendship and family, in which the characters from Medieval Camelot become entangled with the 21st Centur
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Nectaria
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was such a fun novel to read! It was full of action and adventure and I love how the two times were weaved together. It was so easy to get into the novel and I love how well the story flowed. There were several different point of views, but whilst reading them you knew exactly who it was and there was no confusion as to where the characters were or what was happening.

My first Marni Mancusi book and I must admit I was not disappoin
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Ms. Yingling
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
E ARC from Netgalley

Guinevere and Arthur get along quite well, practicing their fighting and trying to stay out of the way of the knights who terrorize the peasants they are trying to help. They are young, and Arthur's position is precarious, but they care for each other deeply. In modern times, Sophie and Stu hang out together and are big fans of a video game where they must defeat the evil Morgana. However, Stu's step brother Lucas has gotten Stu to try out for the soccer team, and Sophie feel
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Nicole Hewitt
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series is a fun middle grade romp through Camelot!

What Fed My Addiction:

King Arthur!
I love all things Camelot, so the concept of this book had me hooked right from the start. Kids can get a little lesson on these epic characters in a fun format! (This makes me want to reread A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.) The story gives us a lot of the original Arthurian legends and then puts them in a spin cycle.

Video games.
Sophie and Stu love RPG-style video games, and I could see how th
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Gmr
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Just when you thought it was safe to venture into Medieval times through your favorite online game, Merlin has to muck it all up!

Meet Arthur and Guinevere...or rather their younger selves, as they live their carefree (not really) childhood days harboring the normal issues of self-doubt, the need to be seen AND heard, and unrequited love. Ah yes, the ye olde good days. Now jump back to the present as we introduce Sophie and Stu...schoolmates and gaming friends aiming to take down Morgana (virtual
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Victoria
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WOW!!! This book has taken me back in time and made me think about WHAT IF?!?!? Mari Mancusi does a phenomenal job of taking you from now to the medieval times! I would give this book 5 stars, because of how engaging it is. Once I started reading about the quests that these young people had to go through, I could not put it down! I cannot wait until book 2 is available!

www.amazon.com/Camelot-Code-Book-Futu...

***Not too much of the story to give much away, but here is a little bit of a sneak pea
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Kathy Martin
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sophie and Stu have been best friends since elementary school. These two have bonded over the Camelot's Honor video game. Now in junior high school things might be changing a little. Stu has signed up for soccer because he wants his father to pay as much attention to him as he pays to Stu's stepbrother Luke. Sophie is a little jealous and wondering if she's going to lose her best friend. She's already lost her mother who told her one night that she had to leave to save the world.

Meanwhile in Ca
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Once and Future Geek (The Camelot Code #1) by Mari Mancusi, 352 pages. Disney Hyperion, 2018. $17.

Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger)

BUYING ADVISORY: EL - ADVISABLE

AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE

Sophie and Stu love playing online games together, but they are drawing apart as Stu joins the soccer team. But then an encounter with a mysterious code sucks Stu through a portal to Camelot. Turns out SirMelvin01 was really Merlin all this time and he needs Stu’s and Sophie’s help. A
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Lenoire
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
An ancient and powerful relic is accidentally dropped down the Well of Dreams. While trying to retrieve the relic, the young King Arthur falls into the well and time travels to the 21st century. Arthur is desperate to return back to his time but, when he learns about his fate, he is hesitant to return back to his time.


Sophie and Stu with the help of Merlin find themselves racing against the clock to bring back the pint-sized hero. While Stu is pretending to be Arthur, Sophie travels back to her
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Meghan
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I have read so many versions of Camelot and King Arthur with so many adaptations and new twists to the tale as we know and this book ranks in the top of what I read so far. I am a huge fan of time travel stories and the mischief they all get themselves into changing the test of time. This book reminded me of a Disney movie that came out in the 1990's called A Kid in King Arthur's Court and this book reminded me a lot of that movie so it was refreshing to recollect memories of that movie. Very en ...more
Keegan
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blasingame-class
This story takes gaming, Arthurian Legend, time travel, and typical school trouble and mixes it together into an extremely fun final product.
Stu and Sophie are middle schoolers who are obsessed with an MMO called The Camelot Code,
Arthur is a boy destined to be King, who has yet to pull a certain sword from a certain stone.
Arthur gets transported to present day, and as it turns out Stu and Sophie get transported to the world their beloved game is based on.
Unfortunately, Arthur decides he likes p
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Kirsti Call
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for an honest review.

Wow. I love a good fractured story and this take on King Arthur did not disappoint. It addresses the question; What would King Arthur do if he traveled to the future and learned about all the trouble he would have at the end of his life? This middle grade novel is filled with twists, interesting characters, and references that will make people laugh. Both hilarious and heartwarming--definitely worth the read!
Jaymie
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
[I received an electronic review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.]

This was so fun!! Combines gaming and contemporary relationship ups and downs with time travel, magic and sword fights. The plot is intricate and fun, and the characters are strong. This sets up the series while wrapping up the story in this book in a satisfying way. I can't wait to tell kids about this one and to read book 2!
CR
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Review: This was a great science fiction story about time travel in a Camalot, King Arthur kind of way. It had a great pace and I have to say that even though this is set for middle grade readers that I think young adults as well as adults will fall in love with this one. I also think that this would be a great story to read in the classroom. I also have to say that this book is for the gamers.


Go Into This One Knowing: Blended Families, Friendships

Haley
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a fun fast read, there were a few parts that were a little cheesy for me but for the age group it's written for, it's perfect. I think the author caught the voice of twelve year olds. It was a fun twist and I'll be picking up the sequel. The only thing I didn't like was the structure of bouncing between characters. It was random which point of view you would get next. I partly wish there were only the two viewpoints, but it worked nonetheless.
Carlee Draper
The is a quaint read for preteens.
while i was reading it, it seemed to get longer and longer but i was glad i finished it.
It the story of a geeky girl that doeant see her full potential. She is drown into Kind Arthur's story to save the day. Through much trials and dealing with franking some stupid people, she is able to accomplish saving history.
Lisa Schmid
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love everything about the legend of King Arthur, so I am happy to report this book did not disappoint. Author, Mari Mancusi did a brilliant job of putting a contemporary spin on the tale of Camelot. The story is an action-packed adventure, filled with magic, friendship, humor, and a dash of romance. I finished the book in one day, and I cannot wait for the next in the series!
Eileen Winfrey
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
So, the tale of King Arthur told with time traveling gamers from the present day. Not my favorite and I wouldn’t have finished it but for the reading challenge. Really could not wrap my brain around the way Guinevere, Arthur and Merlin talked and acted. I also found the dialogue grated on my nerves. I’d pass on any future volumes.
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Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession --journalism -- instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults.

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