AUTHOR: Cheryl Carpinello

It is my hope to reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and shortly with a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that continue the adventurous quest for self and honor found in Arthurian Legend.
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Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom
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.when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage.

For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits?

However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person. His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

Book Title: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend


Publisher:  Outskirts Press

Soft Cover ISBN:  9781432737047

Price: 10.95/ebook 2.99

 

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At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in England’s history….

She is a mere child of twelve. But in these medieval days, this is the age when childish things must be put away and greater responsibilities accepted—all in preparation for a betrothal of marriage.

For young Lady Guinevere, on the advent of her thirteenth Birth Day, the whole idea is quite unbearable. After all, what could be better than spending her youth playing with her best friend Cedwyn, roaming the grounds around the castle looking for mythical creatures or hunting rabbits?

However, the wizard Merlyn—her teacher and friend—knows that destiny has a way of catching up with a person.  His arrival sets in motion a series of events that will lead Guinevere to her destiny whether she is ready for it or not.

 

Children's, fiction, ebook, Arthurian legend

 

childrens YA
fiction, childrens, young adult, mystery, ebook, history

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About Me

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A Bit About Myself:

Although a retired teacher, I still have a passion for working with kids. I regularly conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. It seems I'm not the only one who loves Medieval Times and the King Arthur Legend. The kids thoroughly enjoy writing their own medieval stories complete with dragons, wizards, unicorns, and knights!

I love to travel, and so my other job is with a major airline. My favorite trip was a two week visit to Egypt with my husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other.

Some of my favorite books, like "The Hobbit," "The Lord of the Rings," Golding's "Lord of the Flies" and "The Once and Future King" by T.H. White were all written to offer hope to a world embroiled in another world war. "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens illustrates how unselfish true love enables people to offer the supreme sacrifice to preserve that love, while Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" shows how circumstances can cause people to do despicable acts. The one book that connects of all of these texts as well as a multitude of others is Joseph Campbell's "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." The journey of the hero, depicted by Campbell, is a universal theme that never dies out.

About My Writings:

My first book "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" introduces young readers to the timeless King Arthur Legend and Guinevere the girl as she struggles with growing up and fulfilling her destiny. I hope young readers develop an understanding of the girl Guinevere, how she is like them today. Everyone has to grow up; everyone has unpleasant choices to make; and regardless of when we are born or how old we are, we don't always get our way. And when that happens, we have to accept it and move on. Good lessons for any age.

"King Arthur's Story" is a short excerpt cut from "Guinevere" in the final editing. Only available as an ebook, it gives readers a brief glimpse into Arthur's reasons for seeking marriage with Guinevere.

My second book "Young Knights of the Round Table: The Kings' Ransom" released May 25, 2012 by MuseItUp Publishing in Canada. It is currently available in eBook format.

I have just started publishing my children's picture books under the series Grandma's Tales. The first one is What if I Went to the Circus and Came Home with ?

My current work-in-progress takes my readers out of Medieval England and back to Ancient Egypt for a visit with a famous pharaoh! Stay tuned.

I love to hear from my readers of all ages. Please contact me and let me know what you think of my books. You may contact me through my web site Beyond Today Educator. (http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com).

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Testimonials

“Most people are familiar with the story of King Arthur, his Lady Guinevere, and her Knight Lancelot. What author Cheryl Carpinello has done in "Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend" is spin a fascinating story of the child Guinevere...a deftly written and thoroughly entertaining story that will delight and engage young readers from beginning to end, making it a highly recommended addition to school and community library collections.” --Midwest Review May 2009
“As a retired elementary teacher, I am always on the lookout for engaging new literature for young readers. Guinevere is a wonderful book for the student beginning to master chapter books and longer stories. I loved the imagery, new vocabulary and page-turning storyline. It is a story that will capture the modern reader, even as it takes her back to times of long ago. Highly recommended!!!”
--JSH Denver
“I'm in the middle of reading the book. I just got it yesterday, and even though I'm a 50 year old "granny" I can hardly put it down. Very well written and I recommend it to all! This book captures your attention from the first chapter and keeps it throughout the book. I was a reluctant reader as a youth, and this book would have been the type that would have turned me on to reading. Very well written. I recommend it to all parents who have children who are struggling to find a good book that they can "get in to" and learn the magic of the written word.” --M.Moore Northern Arizona
“[My granddaughter] read Guinevere as did I. We both found it to be delightful. She really enjoyed it. Also, I’m a Camelot fan, and I thought you handled the Guinevere, Lancelot, and Arthur relationship very nicely for a 13-year-old girl.” --BF, retired high school English teacher
Cheryl Carpinello writes an enchanting story about an ordinary girl learning to be worthy of becoming the Queen of England. The author is not simply a Camelot fan who decided to put pen to paper. Carpinello is an high school English teacher who has been teaching about King Arthur and his knights for almost twenty years. This a children’s book written not only to tell Guinevere’s story but to encourage reluctant readers to work on reading...”
--Emily Decobert, www.BookPleasures.com
Ms. Carpinello takes her love and knowledge of Arthurian legend...and weaves a tale of a girl coming of age and fighting her destiny...While shedding light on the youthful years of the legendary queen...She gives vivid glimpses of the past and lessons of life. The story of Guinevere is filled with adventures and misadventures as well as llustrations...[Readers] will fall in love with the exuberant Guinevere and the faithful Cedwyn...The story brings back memories of the long lost days of childhood...and is a journey into legend...with just a sprinkling of magic.--Sarah Katz Bookpleasures.com

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