Knightley Academy [NOOK Book]

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Henry Grim is a servant boy at the Midsummer School—until he passesthe elite Knightley Academy exam and suddenly finds himself one of the first commoners at the Academy, studying alongside the cleverest and bravest—and most arrogant—young aristocrats in the country. But someone is out to sabotage him from becoming a full-fledged Knight of the Realm, and soon Henry uncovers a conspiracy that violates the Hundred Years’ Peace treaty—and could lead to war! Full of (bloodless) battles and nonstop action, this ...
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Overview

Henry Grim is a servant boy at the Midsummer School—until he passesthe elite Knightley Academy exam and suddenly finds himself one of the first commoners at the Academy, studying alongside the cleverest and bravest—and most arrogant—young aristocrats in the country. But someone is out to sabotage him from becoming a full-fledged Knight of the Realm, and soon Henry uncovers a conspiracy that violates the Hundred Years’ Peace treaty—and could lead to war! Full of (bloodless) battles and nonstop action, this page-turner will captivate readers as they root for Henry to save his school and country from their enemies.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Robyn Schneider (The Social Climber's Guide to High School), writing as the pseudonymous Haberdasher, delivers a cute novel that balances its simple plot with a solid lead character, witty dialogue, and a jaunty narrative voice. Henry Grim, a servant at the Midsummer School for Boys, is allowed to take the test to enter the prestigious Knightley Academy and becomes the first commoner to enter the austere school. Like the other groundbreaking commoners in his class—Adam, who's Jewish, and Rohan, who's Indian—he finds life among the elite daunting at first. However, his talent for languages and history, as well as the friendship of the headmaster's daughter, help him get by. There are the usual shenanigans involving mean classmates and teachers who appear to have hidden agendas, and the threat of war with the oppressive Nordlands looms as well. The nebulous historical setting and focus on military training and chivalry are a welcome change of pace from fictional academies that revolve around magic. If the story runs on a predictable path, Henry and his friends are lively and entertaining characters to follow. Ages 8–12. (Mar.)
Kirkus Reviews
Offering the comfort of familiarity, "Haberdasher" (aka Robyn Schneider) crafts an alternate-world boarding-school tale set in the loosely confederated Britonian Isles and featuring a trio of commoner lads admitted against all custom to the posh academy where Knights of the Realm are trained. Having met and bonded with each other and also with the obligatory spunky female sidekick (the Headmaster's willful daughter Frankie), orphanage-raised foundling Henry joins Adam, compulsively verbal scion of a clan of Jewish bankers, and Rohan Mehta, a dark-skinned adoptee raised in a refined ducal household, in sticking it out despite the sneers of classmates, anonymous threats and an underhanded campaign to get them expelled. Along with much discussion about defying both class expectations and blatantly sexist gender roles, the author sets her central characters up with an entertaining line of banter as they gradually learn that they're pawns in a broad intrigue in which seeming adversaries turn out to be allies and vice versa. With Henry's discovery that the neighboring Nordlands (think Scotland, with a Stalinist overlay) is secretly preparing for war, the author also crafts a continuing plotline for sequels to this pleasant if unambitious opener. (Fantasy. 11-13)
Children's Literature - Amalia Selle
Against all odds, Henry Grimm, a commonly born servant's boy, gets the chance to take the entrance exam for the prestigious Knightly Academy, and unexpectedly passes it. By gaining entrance, Henry challenges centuries of tradition founded on assumptions that one's class, race, religion, and gender determines how one should be educated. Soon Henry and his two other fellow tradition breakers find that that someone within the school is determined that this social experiment fail. Henry realizes that the ramifications of his failure would extend beyond the walls of the school and into the country as a whole. For those longing for a new Harry Potter, Henry Grimm may be just the thing. Grimm's story of personal struggle against discrimination amidst the political intrigues of a boys' school of Knighthood, has all the excitement of Rowling minus the magic. Set in a Victorian age and yet not quite of this world, the tale of Henry and his friends runs up against centuries of discrimination that relegate some to be over looked and ignored based on class, religion, race, or gender. Their strong stand for what is right provides a refreshingly serious note to this book. Reviewer: Amalia Selle
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Haberdasher introduces readers to an alternate history in which a treaty among the nations of the Britonian Isles has made combat training illegal at Knightley Academy. Though electricity is commonplace, horse-drawn carriages are far more frequently used than cars, and weapons technology remains at the level of swords and polearms. Servant boy Henry Grim is the first commoner to be admitted to the elite academy, which trains police, detectives, and other protectors of the public. Negotiating his way through his classes is the least of Henry's worries, however. Someone doesn't want commoners at Knightley and is working hard to sabotage Henry and two other misfits. Add a brewing tension in the Nordlands, and the political sphere of Henry's world becomes far larger than the orphan boy ever believed possible. Beginning with a self-conscious narrator in the style of J. M. Barrie or Lemony Snicket, the story progresses with the same kind of school-story mystery that worked so well in the "Harry Potter" novels. However, there is no magic here—just classical knightly studies and political commentary written on a level that even reluctant readers should find accessible. The characters, particularly Henry and his early nemesis, Valmont, are well drawn. Henry's outcast roommates and the unconventional daughter of the headmaster are also appealing. Clearly set up as the beginning of a series, the book should do well with some "Harry Potter" readers, but is unlikely to have the same widespread appeal.—Alana Joli Abbott, James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, CT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416999010
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 3/9/2010
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 457,767
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Violet Haberdasher, the alter ego of Pulse author Robyn Schneider, was a lonely child who could always be found with her nose in a book. As soon as she was old enough, she left for the big city, where she attended an elite school for young ladies and enacted such shocking and improper misdeeds as becoming a stage performer. She currently resides in Manhattan.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 18, 2010

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    Must Read for anyone in the Family

    I loved this book so much that I bought a second copy and gave it to my son's principal (she likes similar middle grade books) for her to read and then donate to the school library. I felt this book had a lot of good moral undertone to a very well written plot. I am also excited to read more in this series. I really like the fact that Robyne did not use her real name so these younger readers would not search on her name and find her other books that would not be suited for middle grade readers. It says alot about this author. Henry is a relateable character and is face with teasing and bullying that many young kinds (unfortunately) can relate to. I feel his approach to dealing with it shows how he matures using the guides of the code to maintain his self worth and make him a better knight. Frankie, Adam and Rohan made the perfect companions and the author draws them with a fine tip detail. The several antagonist in this book are equally intriguing and well written. Read it and see what I mean.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2010

    Really fun book!

    I thought this was a great story, with just the right amount of humor. I didn't realize it was a children's book until I was nearly done. Good for kids and adults. Great lesson in doing the right thing, and winning in the end. LOVE the unexpected twist too!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    Innovative and Fresh!

    Bookworms, I'll tell you upfront: I'm going to have a lot of trouble reviewing KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY for you. I'm not sure how to describe the magical way the story snuck beneath my skin and consumed me. I feel like if I describe it one way, I'll pigeon-hole it and you'll think it's a book that it isn't. Even though it's similar to other works in some ways, it's also unlike anything I've read, in a class of its own. Unputdownable. A perfect blend of reality and fantasy for children, teens, and adults alike.

    Ignore the title of this book: If KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY brings up images of knights in shining armor and damsels in distress, you're WRONG. You're also not alone: That's the type of novel I thought I was getting, too. I thought this novel was going to be about a school that taught students how to be a knight. I was hoping for the next RANGER'S APPRENTICE by John Flanagan or SONG OF THE LIONESS (or PROTECTOR OF THE SMALL) series by Tamora Pierce. While this novel IS about knights, it's not about *knights.* When I first started reading and saw the word "car," I thought, "What.? Dashing knights in our world?" And then I kept reading. It takes place at the turn of the century, when electricity is still new and cars are used only by a select few. I grew even more confused. But then I realized how brilliant author Violet Haberdasher (nom de plume) is. Because this world is our world, but it's *not* our world. At one point, there were real knights of old. Eventually, the various countries signed The Longsword Treaty with one another, creating peace and eliminating the need for combat and true knights. Instead, Knights of the Realm now train to be detective knights, police knights, and secret service knights. They might also work in prestigious office positions or for famous families.

    KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY also holds a vague similarity to HARRY POTTER, albeit without the use of any magic. The novel centers around an orphaned boy named Henry Grim who has dreamed of one day attending Knightley Academy. Alas, without a proper status or position in life, he has no chance of getting in...until the entrance exams allow all residents at the school where he works to apply. There are a couple of characters reminiscent of beloved members of the POTTER family, as well as a few nuances here and there. Haberdasher wrote a particularly lovely guest post earlier this year on Bookalicio.us about her goals in creating KNIGHTLEY ACADEMY. She wanted a series to fill in the hole left when the POTTER series concluded for fans such as herself who grew up with the novels, something with a similar texture to them. But she didn't want the magic, or a boy who knew nothing about the school he was about to attend, and resolutions that never occurred in the best-selling series. In the guest post, she states, "The hero is the cleverest scholar in his year, hopeless at sports and destined for nothing. And yet.there is something undeniably Potterish about my storytelling." The result is a series with a similar flavor, but different enough that the two truly can't be compared to one another.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2010

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    great read!

    IF YOU ENJOYED J K Rawlings harry potter books, the characters and events of this story will probably appeal.the story length and detail might be a little on the lighter side.Suffice it to say I will be purchasing the sequels as they come up for advance sale.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Sure to Enthrall!

    "Knightley Academy," by Violet Haberdasher is a fast-paced, exciting adventure! Packed full of suspense, mystery, and humor, this book is unlike any other and is sure to enthrall anyone who reads it! It has fun, unique characters and an imaginative plot, with surprises around every corner! It absorbs the reader so much that they never want to put it down and are actually able to feel apart of the story! Praised by wonderful authors Kaza Kingsley, Dean Lorey, and Tamora Pierce, "Knightley Academy" will surely leave all readers eagerly awaiting the sequel!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Patt

    This book is an awesome prequel to the secret prince. it keeps you turning the pages till the end. As a 9 year old reader i was amazed at the vivid descriptions that she wrote. I think she did an outstanding job

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    This book is incrediable

    Great for people who like to read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Please read

    I greatly reccomend this book it's just like harry potter and that's why i fellin love with this bool I Greentee (sorry i can't spell today) that you will love it to PLEASE READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    I like how your post...

    Has a dick with one ball. XD <br>
    &#1492 ,Yours truly <br>
    &#1492 Jordan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Review

    One of the best books I have ever read. It is well plotted, and if you like adventure and fantasy, you will most likely love this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    An awesome book for a anybody who like fantasy and adventure

    An awesome book for a anybody who like fantasy and adventure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Book girl

    AWESOOOOOOOME

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    Posted July 5, 2012

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    Cafeteria

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Leo

    Cant pay attention in class and fudgets thinking urgently about something

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    I love it!

    I read this book and i love it SO much.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

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    No, it¿s not JUST like Harry Potter

    Henry Grimm is an orphan who works in the kitchens of a prestigious boarding school for boys. As a commoner, he is not allowed to take Knighley Academy entrance exam, but, after finding a loophole in the rules, he is admitted as the first commoner to Knightley Academy - a school for Knights. Knightley Academy follows Henry and his friends and the troubles and truimphs they experience during their first year at Knightley.

    Initially, you might think that Knightley Academy by Violet Haberdasher, is just another Harry Potter knock-off. There¿s an orphaned boy gaining access to a special school, who is mentored by adults who want him to succeed. A teacher who seems to dislike said boy on sight, a nemisis much like the pointed-chin Malfoy. Even the way the story is written is reminiscent of Harry Potter. However, that¿s where the similarities end.

    While the stories do share a lot of similar elements, they are not the same. The idea of a young, unfortunate boy finding out that he¿s special in some way (or in this case, attending a special school), finding friends in unlikely places and over coming a difficult situation - against all odds - is not a new idea. It¿s been written and rewritten for years. It¿s the execution of the idea that makes a story stand out.

    I¿d venture to say that Knightley Academy can stand on it¿s own. There were times when I found the prose a little awkward and the situations a little unrealistic. One of the conflicts in the story was related to a political treaty and politics is a main theme that runs through the entire narrative and sometimes reads a bit dry. As the story progresses, it comes into its own, and even though it started slow, the end had me rooting for Henry.

    While I wouldn¿t call it original, I think that it is a fun read for young readers. I¿m looking forward to seeing how this story develops.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Amazing, must read!

    I love this book. Lets just get that straight. The characters were completely believable and the plot was amazing. The book was extremely, like Harry Potter, which for me wasn't a problem: servant boy, big school, Henry=Harry, Valmont=Voldemort, Professor Snape=Mr. Havelock. But I recommend this to anyone who likes Harry Potter and to those who haven't. Anyone who reads this will fall deeply obsessed, like i am with Frankie. Please read!

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Uh...

    Guys, let's face it- there's never going to be another book like Harry Potter. Ever. The author specifically said in an interview that she was trying to write a series that would satisfy the craving for another series like it. She honestly tried too hard to do so. If you read the back of the book, it is set in the exact same format as Philosopher's Stone.
    So is it worth the money? Nope. Don't buy it, it's not worth your money.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    Don't Bother!

    This is a total Harry Potter rip-off, and if you're smart, you won't waste your time and money like I did! This writer clearly wants to be like J.K. Rowling, but fails. Why do we need another book that's like Harry Potter and isn't even good. It's boring, and I could never get into it, no matter how hard I tried. The characters aren't anything special, and I couldn't relate to any of them, and I didn't care one way or the other what happened to them. If you want something else to read that's in the vein of Harry Potter, you're better off with someone like Christopher Paolini. But that's just my opinion.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

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