This post is about Cheryl Carpinello’s new book, Guinevere: at the Dawn of Legend for the summer 2017 blog tour. I bought my own book and all the links in this post are non-affiliate.
This story has a strong female protagonist facing very difficult circumstances. You would think a princess such as Guinevere would have an easy life. The story begins as a simple adventure, but the two main characters (Guinevere and Cedwyn) go on to face situations never imagined when they leave the castle through back door to just hunt a rabbit. No one knew where they were, and they got more adventure than wanted. In fact, there was a war going on and although the characters do not fight, they face some harsh realities during the story. They hadn’t realized how close to home the war had reached. This story is a myth which is clearly stated in the book description. Students will become engaged and read with a variety of emotions throughout the story. It is also historical fiction which was the most appealing genre to the students I taught in 4th and 5th grades.
Many authors think they can write for reluctant readers, but this text really shows Cheryl Carpinello’s finesse with such writing. Her teaching experience shines through the pages as she draws in the readers. The text is great for boys and girls, and there is nothing too feminine about the story and appeals to all children. Reluctant readers and all readers will find this book fascinating!
I have previously posted about Cheryl’s books and made free educational resources about them. Please see her author page at this link for more information about her other books. I never found art of a princess in black trousers with a quiver of arrows for my printable, though. Please see the free educational study guide I created for it here:
The study guide has a writing frame for an adventure story, writing rubrics, character trait word pages, puzzles, and an illustrated word wall. It also has a crossword puzzle for Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, book one.
BeachBoundBooks is pleased to be coordinating a Blog Tour for the children’s historical fiction book written by Cheryl Carpinello, Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend. The tour will run from July 17 – August 7, 2017.
About the Book
Title: Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend Book Two Author: Cheryl Carpinello Publisher: Beyond Today Educator Publication Date: June 21, 2017 Number of Pages: 121 Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction Summary: “Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this.
When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones.
Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves. Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality. Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?
5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite
Children are attracted to adventure and they don’t see the risks that adults do, refusing to accept many of the limitations and rules enforced for the sole purpose of keeping children safe. Guinevere and Cedwyn are close friends and Cedwyn, although still very young, has pledged his life to protect the princess who will one day be his queen when she marries King Arthur. Being children, they have their adventures. And one such adventure to the mysterious standing stones results in magical visions and then a race for their lives. There are people intent on kidnapping Guinevere. When she out-foxes their intentions, they take the castle children instead to be sold into slavery. Guinevere insists on chasing after the kidnappers and rescuing the children. The adventure intensifies as they risk their lives and become heroes. But are they totally successful in rescuing the children? Or do they just manage to create more problems in the process?
Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is the sequel to Cheryl Carpinello’s first Guinevere story, Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. Both books take the fascinating Arthurian legends and create stories that will entice even the most reluctant of readers. With realistic characters and an exciting plot full of adventure, the reader will be pulled along to an unexpected conclusion, one that demands another book to complete the series. Young readers will certainly easily associate with Guinevere and Cedwyn, who, at their young age, take risks and disobey their parents, while at the same time they reach out to help others and become heroes. A great way to entice readers, even reluctant ones, to follow the adventures found in legends.
Book One – Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend
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.
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.
In Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, Guinevere is turning 13 and is to give up her childhood pursuits and become the Lady of the Castle. The book review and free teaching resource is available at this link. This is book one of three about Guinevere.
The free teaching resource for Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend is available at this link. We learn more about Guinevere and find out even a princess does not have an easy life.
Tutankhamen Speaks has a free teacher guide PDF with answer keys at the blog post. The genre for this book is historical fiction ancient civilizations.