The Once and Future Geek
Now modern day gamer geeks Sophie and Stu, with the help of Merlin, find themselves in a race against time to pull a ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I was a little hard on this book initially ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What Fed My Addiction:
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.
Sophie and Stu love RPG-style video games, and I could see how th ...more
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 ...more
***Not too much of the story to give much away, but here is a little bit of a sneak pea ...more
Meanwhile in Ca ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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!
Go Into This One Knowing: Blended Families, Friendships
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.
When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--vide ...more