The Knighting of Sir Kaye

The Knighting of Sir Kaye

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by Don M. Winn, Dave Allred

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In a land full of danger, one ordinary boy becomes one extraordinary knight.

Wicked knights are always causing trouble in the land of Knox, but young Kaye still dreams of someday becoming a heroic knight. He and his best friend Reggie spend the summer exploring and having adventures, but when the queen decides to create a new knight, everything changes. Can Kaye and

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In a land full of danger, one ordinary boy becomes one extraordinary knight.

Wicked knights are always causing trouble in the land of Knox, but young Kaye still dreams of someday becoming a heroic knight. He and his best friend Reggie spend the summer exploring and having adventures, but when the queen decides to create a new knight, everything changes. Can Kaye and Reggie outsmart the villainous knights of Knox and help the new queen restore order to the land?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this first book in the Sir Kaye: The Boy Knight series, two sensitive outliers—Reggie, the story’s narrator, and Kaye, a talented knitter who strives to become a great knight—meet in the medieval forests of Knox and become tentative friends. While exploring the woods, the boys are embroiled in a series of light, comical escapades, while learning about the give-and-take nature of friendship. After rescuing the nephew of Knox’s new queen from bandits, they are invited to Castle Forte, where Kaye has the opportunity to become a real knight, and Reggie, his assistant. Reggie’s dry sense of humor makes him a companionable narrator; this, along with some brisk action sequences and Allred’s occasional b&w illustrations, should give Winn’s story solid, broad appeal. While dramatic tension builds slowly, with the initial chapters reading like stand-alone episodes, the plot comes together once the boys arrive at the castle. Fortitude, good will, and friendship triumph over pettiness in this enjoyable story. The second book in the series, The Lost Castle Treasure, is also available. Ages 8–up. (BookLife)
Indie Reader Review - Amy Edelman
A lively and adventurous Kids' book, full of gentle humor and warmth...
Reviewer - Alex Cord
A triumphant story and a triumph for the author. I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to seeing where Sir Kaye goes next.
The Midwest Book Review - James Cox
Heroism doesn't require adulthood. "Sir Kaye the Boy Knight: The Knighting of Sir Kaye" is a novel for young readers from Don M. Winn as he tells of the dreams of young Kaye, who wants nothing more than to take on the mantle of heroic knight for the good of the land of Knox, and along with his friend Reggie, they have to face down the evil that lurks in their land. "Sir Kaye the Boy Knight" is a choice pick for the young fantasy fan, much recommended.

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Cardboard Box Adventures
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
8 Years

Meet the Author

Don Winn is the author of nine children’s picture books published by Cardboard Box Adventures including Shelby the Cat, a book about dealing with bullies and peer pressure; The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon, a book about coping with learning difficulties such as dyslexia; and Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge, a book about respecting parents’ rules. The Knighting of Sir Kaye is his first children’s novel. He wrote it at the request of many students he’s met in his visits to elementary schools.
Don Winn was born in Colorado and currently lives in Round Rock, Texas. He enjoys reading and writing poetry, travel, collecting coffee mugs from the places he’s traveled, and sleeping, although he doesn’t get to do it very much.
As a child, Don struggled with dyslexia, and reading was a challenge for him. As he got older and learned how to cope with his dyslexia, he discovered that he loved the world that reading opened up to him. He hopes that his books might help other reluctant young readers to enjoy the world of words as much as he does.

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The Knighting of Sir Kaye 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
The Knighting of Sir Kayeis a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.
alexcord More than 1 year ago
My entire life has evolved as a result of the audacity of my dreams. I related totally to Kaye Balfour and his courage to dream with the belief in the possibility of them coming true. What boy does not dream of besting a bully? What boy does not want to have a trusted and loyal friend who will have the courage to stand by him when faced with adversity? The story of Kaye brought me back to my boyhood and the delight of discovery. Mr. Winn has done a splendid job of putting me in medieval times midst richly drawn colorful  characters. I could smell the decay in the castle and damp freshness of the forests. A triumphant story and a triumph for the author. I enjoyed every minute of it and look forward to seeing where Sir Kaye goes next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book to my seven year old grandson, he loved it and I did too. This is a great book to interest boys who are "middle readers". Everything about the book from the storyline, the chivalry, the good moral characteristics, the quiet dignity of Queen Vianne, the lively dialog, humor and lots of illustrations, all add up to a fun filled, thought provoking, great story to read. Thank you
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
I loved this book - my son is reading it now and also loves it.  It is a great adventure about medieval living in the Kingdom of Knox, rituals and trying to do what is right.  It has good guys and bad guys, friendship, wishes and wishes that come true, humor, adventure and more.  The illustrations are by Dave Allred and they are pen-style illustrations.  Just enough to keep a young boy's interest and to add to the story.  This is a nice clean, wholesome story and any young person would love it and be totally entertained.  Anything that can keep my son entertained and keep his attention is a 5 star read for me!   I received a copy of this book directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Eighthday More than 1 year ago
This chapter book, narrated by young would-be knight, Reggie Stork, is set--during mediaeval times--in the fictitious Kingdom of Knox. The plot focuses on Reggie’s friendship and adventures with the future knight, Kaye Balfour. Perhaps the most appealing element of the story is the character of the narrator himself—a pun-loving youngster, who does not want to join his father in the wool trade. Instead, Reggie would rather collect interesting objects and embark on impulsive adventures. Young readers, especially reluctant boy readers, will be enticed by the suspense-filled chapter endings, which include Reggie’s near-drowning in quicksand; the loss and recovery of a precious compass belonging to his father; a fight with six “bungling bandits” in the perilous Knotted Woods; and a summons to both boys from Queen Vianne to come to her court at Castle Forte. The climax of the story is, of course, a tournament among the Knights; one highly original contest has a happy outcome for both protagonists. The author provides fascinating glimpses into the everyday life of mediaeval merchants and farmers, as well as of knights, lords, and ladies. Terms that might be unfamiliar (e.g., “lists,” “tourtelete”) are explained unobtrusively, and illustrations are frequent and accessible—though there is at least one mismatch: a breastplate is described in the text as having a “white eagle in the middle” (120), but the image on the adjacent page depicts a dark-colored eagle. Finally, much praise to Don Winn for promoting, in almost every chapter, the advantages, even for a knight, of being able to knit and for having already come up with an exciting title for the sequel: The Lost Castle of Treasure!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Reggie Stork was angry with his father for sending him to work in the fields as an “unjust” punishment. Reggie got mad and decided to wander off, following a river. Soon he got lost and fell into quicksand. Kaye Balfour happens to find Reggie and rescues him and the two become friends. Reggie finds out Kaye wants to be a knight like his father Sir Henry, the last good knight in Knox. Sir Henry was training Kaye, but the old king sent him to keep peace between Knox (their land) and Eldridge. He has been there for two years. The Queen of Knox is having a terrible time trying to keep her kingdom together. The King has died, Sir Henry is away and all of the knights won’t listen to her. The Queen is desperate for a hero and then she hears of twelve-year-old Kaye and his friend Reggie who just rescued another person, well, not just any person but the Queen’s own nephew, from a bunch of bandits. The Queen has an idea, but is Kaye up to the challenge? This was an AWESOME story!It had EVERYTHING! Action, adventure, knights, a kid hero. I love how it was set in medieval times. I like reading about knights. Mr. Winn writes in a great style that makes a very exciting story that is totally appropriate for kids. Kaye was everything I like in a main character. He was brave, smart, kind and had a lot of perseverance. There are black and white illustrations in the book. I thought they were a nice addition to the story. **NOTE I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
KathyinRR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this little book, and loved the humor mixed in with the adventure. I think it's perfect for kids from 8 to 14 or so, but adults will enjoy it too! Can't wait for the next one, there's a whole new mystery to solve. Great work, Don! Hurry with the next book.