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Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend (The Quest Books Guinevere Trilogy Book 1) (English Edition) di [Carpinello, Cheryl]
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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.


Although I’m a retired high school English teacher, I still have a passion for working with kids. I regularly conduct Medieval Writing Workshops for local elementary/middle schools. 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. Joining "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" and "Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom" will soon be "Sons of the Sphinx."

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  • Editore: Beyond Today Educator (27 marzo 2009)
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HASH(0x9d1fbb40) su 5 stelle What a great way to introduce Guinevere! 6 maggio 2009
Di Lars B. Johnson - Pubblicato su
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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!!!
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HASH(0x9d1fbb94) su 5 stelle Arthurian Fiction for Tweens 12 dicembre 2010
Di Todd A Fonseca - Pubblicato su
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Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend - Arthurian Fiction for Tweens

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Author: Cheryl Carpinello
Format: Kindle, Paperback

Life as a young princess was perfect! Playing and hunting with her seven-year-old friend Cedwyn, Guinevere filled her days with joy and merriment. Unfortunately, much was set to change as her thirteenth birthday approached. She was expected, of course, to master Latin--a language few spoke. But it would be her duty as princess to liaise with the officials who would visit court. There were other responsibilities as well as she came of age and no matter how much she wanted to avoid them, the march of time would not yield to her wishes. Already overwhelmed with these changes, Guinevere learns of her arranged betrothal and her world collapses.

Cheryl Carpinello's Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend, is a unique introduction into Arthurian Legend focusing on the life of the young princess. It is perfect for tweens interested in this genre. While most young people aren't royalty, they will likely relate with the emotions associated with wanting independence while struggling with the responsibility that comes with it.

I also enjoyed the simple line drawings introducing each chapter. They are wonderfully illustrated and provide additional texture to the novel. While the author provides and epilogue foretelling Guinevere's future, I believe additional volumes continuing the story from these early years would make a wonderful series.
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HASH(0x9d87800c) su 5 stelle Loved the story of the young spunky Guinevere 28 novembre 2012
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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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HASH(0x9d6ea09c) su 5 stelle What was Guinevere like before she married King Arthur? 18 gennaio 2013
Di Wayne S. Walker - Pubblicato su
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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.
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HASH(0x9dc8ff78) su 5 stelle Delightful, story...wonderfully, entertaining! 29 novembre 2011
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Adorable, little story! Enjoyed all the delightful characters, and read very quickly through...I was even disappointed it was over, so quickly!

This is a Great choice for anyone seeking a fun, adventuresome, read... Would also recommend & enjoy reading more from this author!
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