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Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend (Tales & Legends for Reluctant Readers: Guinevere Trilogy Book 1) by [Carpinello, Cheryl]
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Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend (Tales & Legends for Reluctant Readers: Guinevere Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 122 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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 who on the advent of her thirteenth birth day is being presented with the responsibilities of becoming betrothed in marriage. Having to give up playing with her friend Cedwyn, playing on the grounds of the castle, and engaging in the usual childhood pastimes and pursuits is something young Guinevere is loathed to do. But with the aide of her teacher and friend Merlyn the Wizard, Guinevere embarks upon her destiny whether she wants to or not! Also available in an ebook edition, "Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend" is 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
-- Midwest Review, May 2009

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"[Carpinello has] created very believable characters and use[s] description nicely. Those two elements really help to enhance [her] writing. It is obvious that [she has] put much thought and effort into [her] work. There were times even that I wondered if [Carpinello's] story were really fiction or perhaps based on non-fiction."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3657 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Beyond Today Educator (27 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0025KUJ36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,292,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Many books have been written about Arthur and his famous knights. Now you have a chance to learn about Guinevere fom girl to queen.

This is a great read, well written and enchanting.

it certainly enjoys its place in my book case.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 25 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars historical fiction for middle grades at its best 23 Sept. 2013
By Carolyn Wilhelm - Published on Amazon.com
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The author of this book has extensive knowledge of the legend of King Arthur and the time period. She writes in a way that brings history to life, making it so interesting for students. This story would be enjoyed by both boys and girls, but is especially good for girls. The writing is similar to Karen Cushman, so if you like those books, you will enjoy this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was terrific! 15 May 2013
By Sue - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book to my son and daughter and they both loved it. It was a fast-paced book with a lot of excitement. It's a good book for boys and girls.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 17 July 2013
By Tereasa - Published on Amazon.com
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This was an awesome book for preteens. They will not be able to put it down! Thanks for reading this!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Love Story OfGuinevere 15 Jun. 2016
By Bella's blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have read many books by Cheryl Carpinello and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them. Ms Carpinello has given us a story that as elements of legends and magic. that will suck books us in and will keep us there from start to finish ,and will leave us wanting more from this author. What I really like about Ms Carpinello is she writes such amazing story's for middle grades 8 to 14 years of age , and the way that she writes and how she gives us insight of each of the characters . This is the story of young Guinevere childhood, this story starts when Guinevere is 12 years old ,and she's the daughter of King Leodegrance 'Life as a young princess seems prefect, specially playing and hunting with her friend seven year old Cedwyn , Her day was filled with with such joy and so much merriment ,she soon would be 13 years old and soon much would change because of her birthday . Unfortunately she was a expected to master Latin ,which is a language into every few spoke. But that was one of Guinevere 's duty's as a princess to Liaise with the representative who would visit court.But she has other responsibilities as she be becomes of age,there's no use trying to avoid them ,time wouldn't yield to her wishes or dreams. Guinevere was so overwhelmed with all of the changes. She lived a childhood filled with exploration and adventures. That is until she founds out that she is betrothed to a grown man,that she hardly even know.This story of Guinevere adventures and the friendship she had with the wizard Merlyn is touching, and how Merlyn helped her to come to terms with becoming Queen. I could tell you more about this amazing story ,but that would spoil it for everyone reading it. I highly recommend that you read this awesome story ,you won't be disappointed. (Great gift for children 8 to 14 )
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the story of the young spunky Guinevere 28 Nov. 2012
By Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
My daughter read and reviewed this book for our website, Mother Daughter Book Reviews. Here's what we have to say (excerpts):


What I liked and disliked about it:

I liked how, in the story, there was a twelve year girl playing with a seven year old boy because it shows that you can be friends with anyone and it doesn't matter their gender or age. So, I liked the relationship between Guinevere and her friend Cedwyn and I liked how Cedwyn said "Guin'ver" - it was cute.

It was interesting to read how people in those times lived. It was weird that in medieval times, girls would get married so young. I wouldn't want to get married so young [Mom: thank you, thank you, thank you!!].

I liked that there was magic in the book with Merlyn the wizard, the unicorns, and the dragon. I thought the story of the unicorns was sad because they have to die to save humans, but I understood (after my Mom explained it to me) that meeting the unicorn helped Guinevere decide that she has to meet her responsibilities as Lady of the kingdom and marry King Arthur.

I liked the pictures inside the book, but in some of the pictures she looks like she's seven not twelve/thirteen.

I didn't like that at the end in the section called "King Arthur Legend" it said that Merlyn was imprisoned by a lady named Nimue. It felt like a bad ending to the story and it made me sad.

My bottom line:

I loved, loved this book and I would recommend it to girls and maybe boys 8 years and older.


What I liked and disliked about it:

While much of Arthurian legend focuses on the adult characters of King Arthur, Merlyn, Guinevere, Sir Lancelot, and the other knights of the round table, Cheryl Carpinello brings to life the story of Guinevere as a young girl prior to her role in the legendary love triangle involving herself, King Arthur, and Sir Lancelot. I love how Guinevere is depicted as strong and loyal yet contemplative. The reader is privy to Guinevere's inner thoughts and turmoil concerning her decision to abandon her childish ways and embrace her responsibilities as daughter of a king and spokesperson and protector of her people. I thought she was an excellent role model for tween and teenage girls alike.

Carpinello introduces elements of legend and magic as a metaphor for the position that Guinevere finds herself in. When Guinevere follows a shadowy figure into the forest near the castle, she encounters a rarely sighted unicorn and learns of the purpose and fate of its kind. The plight of the unicorn, as well as the story of the red deer, touches Guinevere deeply and helps her to understand and accept her own destiny which was laid out for her at birth. Carpinello weaves these elements within the story so beautifully and lays the foundation for the lessons learned by Guinevere (and the reader!). That being said, some of these more complex nuances may be harder to grasp for younger children, although I think that younger children (like my son) would still enjoy the story.

At the end of the book, there are many "added" features such as a short Epilogue which ties this story to the more popular and well-known part of Arthurian legend occurring after the wedding of King Arthur and Guinevere. There is also a short Afterward which discusses written accounts of the Arthurian legend. Also useful in understanding terminology from medieval times is the glossary which provides definitions of words encountered in the text such as amphora (a two handled wine vessel), bratchet (a hunting dog), circlet (a type of small cake), and so on. There is also a section entitled King Arthur Legend which provides a succinct description of some of the highlights of King Arthur's life. Finally, there are two sections Questions For Discussion and Enrichment and Additional Reading for those who want to explore the story and legend in more depth.

There are not very many illustrations. There are simple, pencil-drawn illustrations at the beginning of each chapter priming the reader for what will occur in the chapter. These were perfectly appropriate.

Of note, this is not the first middle grade book written about a young Guinevere. Robert D. San Souci has written a series of books centred on the lives of the main characters of Arthurian legend as youths including Young Guinevere, Young Merlin, Young Lancelot, and Young Arthur. Additionally, Jane Yolen has written some books focused on Merlin and King Arthur as youths. However, we have not read those so cannot really comment on how good those books are in comparison.

My bottom line:

I read this story to both my children aloud. From Chapter 1 all the way through to the Discussion Questions, my children were captivated by the story. The story is a nice balance between action, elements of magic and fantasy, and important life lessons, all woven within the historical context of medieval times. This was an enjoyable and educational read and I would recommend Guinevere to tween girls and boys.

* Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend was provided to us free-of-charge by the author in exchange for our honest opinion.*
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