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Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend, 2011 Finalist Global EBook Awards (Book) - 1/18/2013 7:03:02 AM
What was Guinevere like before she married King Arthur? In this book for middle graders based on Arthurian legend, author Cheryl Carpinello gives us a picture of twelve-year-old Guinevere, daughter of King Leodegrance. Though a princess living in a castle, she prefers playing and hunting in the surrounding forests with her seven-year-old friend Cedwyn to studying about matters of state and learning how to be a lady. Then as her thirteenth birthday approaches, it is time for her to be betrothed. Her father has chosen young King Arthur to be her husband, but she angrily refuses and even tries to run away, so the wizard Merlyn is called in to teach her about her responsibilities. What important lessons will Guinevere learn? And what will finally she decide? Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend is an interesting and well-written tale told in a way that will appeal to middle school aged readers, especially girls but boys too, who can relate to the idea of wanting independence yet struggling with the obligations that come with it. The euphemistic “darn it” is used a few times, and there are some references to drinking ale. But those who really like to read the Arthurian legends should enjoy this fun peek into Guinevere’s early life. In addition, it illustrates the important lesson that situations may arise in life when we must choose doing our duty rather than just doing what we want. A glossary, further information in the King Arthur legend, and some questions for discussion and enrichment in the back will increase the educational value of the book.

Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend, 2011 Finalist Global EBook Awards (Book) - 6/15/2010 3:15:09 PM
Guinevere is a young princess who doesn't want to grow up. She wants to stay young for as long as possible but on her 13th birthday--she must become what she fears most and with that fear comes choices that would make any child of thirteen or thirty quake in their books. If you like stories based on King Arthur and fantasies based upon wizards, creatures of myth and books with excellent vivid imagery then this book is for you. It is clean and suitable for children aged 10 to 12 and even enjoyable for those with a young heart. I enjoyed this book very much and found it to be quite clever.

Death of Innocence (Short Story) - 10/23/2012 3:14:37 PM
Wow Cheryl. This gave me chills. Well done.

Death of Innocence (Short Story) - 8/16/2009 3:35:27 PM
Cheryl, I came to AD tonight looking for something new to read, something special. Boy, did I find it here. This story is riveting and heartbreaking. I wanted to stop reading at several places, but could not. You pulled me in from the start, not letting go until the very end. This child's voice, so simple, yet strong, will haunt me. Excellent, excellent writing.

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 2 (Article) - 6/29/2015 10:55:08 AM
Thanks again .Hazel Hart. Still can't decide which of these two places I liked the best. Thrilled to get to climb up the Tor. The Abbey was a spur of the moment decision. Dumped Tintern Abbey for here!

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 1 (Article) - 6/29/2015 10:53:00 AM
.Hazel Hart - Thanks for visiting. We had a fabulous time visiting places throughout the UK which had a connection to Arthurian Legend.

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 2 (Article) - 6/28/2015 3:14:21 AM
My favorite photo is of the Abbey Church.

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 1 (Article) - 6/28/2015 3:10:29 AM
I am a fan of King Arthur stories and enjoyed the article and photos. I started with Part 1 and plan to read Parts 2-4.

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 4 (Article) - 3/27/2015 7:59:11 AM
A lot of history… And some mystery… In the British Isles. I see you have a tight leash on him. But he's getting educated and probably enjoying himself along the way. Ron

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 3 (Article) - 2/21/2015 9:13:06 AM
I agree, Ron. These sights look romantic and idyllic because we tend to overlook the hardships that the inhabitants endured centuries ago. It was still fascinating to view and walk around.

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 3 (Article) - 2/21/2015 8:55:12 AM
It was certainly all about protection. Wooden structures are long gone and wouldn't serve much purpose because they easily burned. All of the castles in Europe and on the islands give an indication of our violent heritage. Those castles represent the survivalists of their day when people from all around the area would flee to the castle and live in its, probably awful, conditions in till the danger from outside went away. I don't think of it as a glorious way to live, at all. Perhaps, only for the local lord or king and a few of his or her entourage, but not for the rest of the people who had to build these castles and work very hard just to provide sustenance, let alone pay the heavy taxes imposed by their rulers. Ron

Visiting the Land of King Arthur, Part 2 (Article) - 2/12/2015 8:36:12 AM
A good author of historical fiction does research on that history. I can see you are doing your homework. Bravo. Ron

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