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

Mystery & Thrillers, Middle Grade, Classics

By Cheryl Carpinello

Publisher : Beyond Today Educator

ABOUT Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello
I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-a More...


Tales & Legends for Reluctant Readers

Three Friends  Three Quests  Three Mysterious Predictions

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.

Filled with disbelief at the arrest of the Wild Man, the three friends embark upon a knight’s quest to save their friend’s life. To succeed, the three must confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all.

Join Gavin, Philip, and Bryan on their quest and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

A Free 18-page Teacher Guide available from author.

2012 USA Best Book Awards Finalist for Ebook, Children's Literature

2012 CLC Silver Award for YA Fiction

Recipient of Children's Literary Classics Seal of Approval/Recommended Reading.

I always wanted to live in Medieval England and would love to meet King Arthur. When I started thinking about this story, I wanted it to be different from the stories out there. I didn't want to include time travel or some other magical way to transport readers to medieval Wales. I wanted my readers to wake up in medieval Wales so they would feel like they were actually there. It is my hope that I have done just that!

“Pull out those swords and slide into your armor - can one slide into something that bulky? - Doesn't matter because this story will still feed the fantasy of children…”

“A Timeless Story of Courage and Loyalty”

“[T]he feel of ‘The Goonies’ mixed with ‘The Young Riders’ but set in the time of King Arthur instead…Like a non-romancey chapter out of ‘The Princess Bride.’”

“[A] wonderful introduction ~ to King Arthur, and to the lives of knights and others in a castle…”