The King’s Ransom, Young Knights of the Round Table by Cheryl Carpinello – Great Summer Reads 2020




I’m 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-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds—Ancient Egypt, Medieval Wales, and coming soon, a hair-raising adventure through ancient worlds in search of 5 rare Phoenix Feathers.

All of my books come with Free study guides and/or extensive Back-of-the-Book materials.

My husband and I love to travel. In 2008, we spent three weeks in Egypt traveling by local train from one end of the country to the other; in 2014, we spent three weeks in the UK driving over 1700 miles through England, Wales, and Scotland; and in 2016, we spent a week in Iceland. We’ve also traveled to Mexico, Jamaica, and Aruba. Our next big adventure will be to Greece and Italy.

When I’m not writing or traveling, our 4 grandkids keep us busy.


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Three Friends
Three Quests
Three Mysterious Predictions

Gavin, Philip, and Bryan bravely vow to clear their friend of murder by taking the Knight’s Oath and embarking on individual quests to save The Wild Man. In the end, each one faces their fears and even death in their determination not to fail.
And one will have to disclose the biggest secret of all.
Join Gavin, Phillip, and Bryan on their quests and share the adventures that await them in the land of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

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Snippet:

The king pounded his desk with his fist.

Gavin and Philip jumped.

“That’s it! And I’d wager his buyer is King Edward,” the king said.

“Of Manorbier Castle?” Sean asked.

“Why not? You’ve heard him threaten often enough that he’d like nothing better than to buy up all of Pembroke and get rid of us for good.”

“Why don’t we confront him? That might throw him off guard,” Robert suggested.

“No. Unless we have proof, King Arthur would have my head if I provoked a conflict. It took him long enough to convince Edward to end his raids. Confronting him isn’t the answer.”

The scraping of chairs startled Gavin and Philip again.
“Go out tomorrow. Search well. When you return, have the knights question the villagers. If you turn up nothing, we’ll apply pressure to our prisoner.”

Both sons started to protest.

“I know, you want to question him now. However, some time without contact will put him in a more agreeable mood. Might make him eager to tell us where he’s hidden the King’s Ransom.”

“What about King Arthur?”

“He will be here in four to five days. Either I have the medal- lion to present to him, or I give him the man’s head. Close the door behind you. I need to think.”

“Yes, Father.”

Gavin signaled Philip to return the way they had come. When they reached the tapestry, Philip let Gavin move ahead to make sure the way was clear.

Once outside, they sat on a shadowed bench across from the dungeon.

“If we can’t prove the Wild Man’s innocent, then your father, I mean the king, will have him killed,” Philip  said.

“I know.”

Both boys sat quietly. Finally Philip said, “Gavin?” “Yes?”

“Do you think the Wild Man would use our friendship?” Philip’s voice trembled.

Gavin didn’t answer.




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