Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Publication Date (Kindle): May, 2012
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Number of pages: 84
Recommended age: 9


Cheryl Carpinello regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops and has a passion for Medieval Times and the King Arthur Legend.  Her studies of this time period and legend shine through the book, The King’s Ransom.  I not only purchased this book, but the companion to this book, as well, (also by Cheryl Carpinello) Behind the Scenes of The King’s Ransom.

Because The King’s Ransom is book one of this series, I’m looking forward to more in the future. Ms. Carpinello is a retired teacher and so creates her own teaching supplements for her books, but allowed me to create one as well.  She has a special page for educators, who receive free teaching materials with book orders. Read the page to learn about special educator pricing and how shipping costs might be reduced.


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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 jeweled 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.

Here is a picture of one of the pages which is a fill in the letter activity.

And here is a writing page to accompany the theme of the story. There are more pages in the instant download, of course.



2013 EVVY Finalist and EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.

2013 Ariana Cover Finalist

2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction from Children’s Literary Classics and the CLC’s 2012 Seal of Approval.

2012 Finalist E-Book Children from USA 2012 Best Book Awards

About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Although a retired teacher, Cheryl Carpinello still has a passion for working with kids. She regularly conducts Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools and the Colorado Girl Scouts. She is 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!

She loves to travel and her other job is with a major airline. Her favorite trip was a two-week visit to Egypt with her husband that included traveling by local train from one end of Egypt to the other. Some of her favorite books include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Once and Future King, and any by the duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

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Thank you for reading, Carolyn



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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.


In medieval Wales, Prince Gavin and other characters are brought together by the one they call the Wild Man. Book review and free teaching supplement for the book at this link.


Guinevere: The Legend is part of this series by Cheryl Carpinello. There is a free teaching resource for the book and book review at this link.


Cheryl Carpinello is an author of novels for upper-grade children and she has a focus on medieval history. Read more about her here.