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Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot

Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot

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by Michael J. Bowler

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The future looks bleak unless eighteen-year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change.
Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy - greed.


The future looks bleak unless eighteen-year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change.
Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy - greed.
His involvement leads to Earth Warrior crews springing up all across America. Millions of kids leap into action, paralyzing the country and alarming the rich and powerful.
Having adopted his father's philosophy of doing what's right, rather than what's easy, Lance makes serious enemies when he calls out New Camelot donors who represent fossil fuel or other polluting industries, and then barely escapes a series of "accidents" designed to kill him.
When he challenges the United States Congress to step up and act immediately on the climate crisis, the attacks on him escalate. With the majority of America's kids on his side, Lance and his young Earth Warriors prepare for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, where they will call upon world leaders to stop talking about sustainability and start acting on it.
But whoever wants him dead isn't giving up. Will Lance and his crew live long enough to even get to Paris?
Warrior Kids is a standalone tale set within the Children of the Knight universe.

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Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warrior Kids This story was a modern day adventure with a legend twist in it. It was about kids that have come together to be heard and to help others and the planet. There are many things about this book I liked. I love the fact that the kids of today were given a voice as to what can be done to help others and the planet. It was not so much adults telling them what to do but kids ranging in age from 5- 18. There is added activities to do on your own or that if this book were used in a class could engage the students more in the story and the world. There is also a list of information of things that we can do to help our planet. This was a book that actually wedded my appetite to read the other books in this series. It may have been a stand alone in the series, but I could see how it would also fit into the series as a sequel to it. I was hooked from page one and stayed all the way through. It was full of adventure from beginning to end. The legend aspect added to the story without over poweringit. I loved that they dealt with the topic of race discrimination. It was tactfully done and went showed how a person who was prejudiced toward another would feel and act. What I did not like was my usual use of swearing. Although I can see where as orphans the usage of swearing is a normal thing. I would edit that part out if I was reading to younger kids, as this is a book that would engage the interest of even a 5 year old. Other than that I did not see anything that was really bad about the book. As you know I rate things not as stars but with this rating. #1 Keep- these I keep to read over and over #2 Share and tell- Buy one copy to keep and one or more copies to share telling others about it. #3 Donation- These are great reads for a one time read for me. #4 Chuckers/ Fire starters- These are books that I either could not get into or they were written poorly. These then become great fire starters. This is a book that I definitely would recommend to others and will be keeping a copy or me. This was a strong 2. There was no graphic violence and the swearing was kept at a minimal. As a parent I would read it to my kids and use the added features. Age 5-Adult
Ebienic More than 1 year ago
Lance has a new mission, but no less vital than children’s rights. He’s now taking up his friend Itzali’s cause - climate change. After all, what’s the point of kids having rights when they don’t have a decent world to live in? But just like before, he’s making some powerful enemies and might bring about change, but at the cost of his own life. Following up on his previous series, author Michael Bowler continues with the characters from his Knight Cycle books. Continuing with his mix of Arthurian values in modern society, and strange fascination with long, luscious locks, he sets youth as the real heroes against one of society’s biggest scientific issues, that of climate change. Like with the previous books, the results on adults are a bit far fetched, but nice to imagine. I love the emphasis on chivalry and camaraderie, and remember wishing as a kid that adults would take me more seriously (and the reverse - now as an adult wishing they wouldn’t.) The language was certainly juvenile, right down to spelling because or ‘cause as “cuz,” which I’m proud to say would have annoyed me as a child, as I was a grammar nerd then too. I thought it was an ok read, with a good plot timing, although details left me rolling my eyes at times. Still not a bad afternoon of reading, and hopefully inspiring to the YA set.
Romuald Dzemo More than 1 year ago
Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot is book six in the Knight Cycle series by Michael Bowler. Although I never read the previous books in this seemingly interesting series, I was smitten by this one, a well-crafted story that can stand alone. Although written for teens, I found it really interesting and it can be a pleasant introduction for kids to the legendary world of King Arthur and the Round table. The author weaves a tale that poignantly integrates current environmental issues. Lance is a character that readers will love a leader, and an influencer. I read this book as a powerful cry from children to save the planet Earth. It is interesting to note that the story of Lance with his Earth Warriors involves little Children who fight for the health of the earth, a powerful symbol that should speak to all the peoples of the Earth about creating a world for future generations. It is time the world leaders stop talking and start taking concrete steps to protect find solutions to climate change. Apart from the powerful concept behind this book, there are many other strong points like the compelling characters, the engaging plot, and the beautiful prose that will arrest the interests of readers. This is the kind of literature that will educate and entertain both young and old alike, creating the kind of awareness needed to save our dying world. This one is highly recommended for the high values of collaboration, selflessness, and a powerful sense of service. It’s one of the best books to offer to young people.
IReadWhatYouWrite More than 1 year ago
Not being familiar with the series this is spun off of, I handed it to my twelve year old to read and review, as it something that seemed to be in his interests. He handed it back fairly quickly, complaining that it was like studying for a test. That was not was I expected from a fantasy kids novel. It didn’t take me long to figure out what he meant. There were so many facts thrown into just a few pages of the first chapter, I could see how it might be overwhelming. It was a trend that continued through the entire book, often upstaging the story. To be honest, if I had not made a promise to review the book, I wouldn’t have finished it either, which would have been a shame. I wanted to like it. It is a terrifically written, well paced action story with plenty of vibrant personable characters, written in language that is imminently relatable to the twelve to fourteen year old kids, I am assuming, are its target audience. It is about kids achieving great things. It should have been a great read. Once I got used to the environmental treatise vibe there were even many things I liked about it. For instance, the hero is a real hero and exactly the self effacing type of person who should be leading and the kind of hero kids should be reading about. I like the way that the politically charged issue of climate change is handled and the call for recognition and compromise between the two sides. I like the erasing of labels and pointing out that no one specific group of people is the most responsible for the environmental problems facing the world. I love the “We” versus “Me” mentality. I did like the admission that lower income families will find it more difficult to adopt the lifestyle being requested, a fact most Green Gurus tend to overlook in their zealousness. I can definitely see the Arthurian themes running this story and the selflessness engendered in the myth is certainly the germ of this tale as well. There is also a fairly comprehensive list of kid-friendly resources to help kids become eco-warriors, in addition to the much mentioned 50 ways list from the book. What I didn’t like about the book was pretty much a deal killer, even for fiction. I have seen many times, first hand, the change that kids my son’s age are capable of achieving and I do believe that his generation will be one of greatness for the world when those kids are allowed to become leaders. Also, I firmly believe children should be encouraged at this age to be aware of how government works and to communicate with those in government who represent them. No one takes governing more seriously than a group of twelve to seventeen year old kids on a student council. I have personally seen just such a group of kids that age take on a state senator with detailed questions that conveyed just how dialed in they are to issues that affect themselves and their communities. I just can- not- get on board with the methodology used in this book to take on big government, even knowing that is fiction and agreeing with the outcome. The children’s actions are first and foremost an extreme disrespect to authority. That is explained away later in the book, but it seemed more like a back peddle than true belief. Used as it was in this book, it is a form of emotional blackmail, economic terrorism, and it actually undercuts the foundation of our governmental system. The idea that anyone would try to force elected officials to write laws dictated by an outside source (no matter how well meani
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Faryal Jabbar for Reader Views (2/16) Michael J. Bowler’s “Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot” is unlike anything I have ever seen or read. Honestly, I did not have high expectations of what I thought was going to be a cheesy book about saving the Earth. However, I found the book was anything, but my assumptions. Lance, the king of New Camelot in modern day Los Angeles, and his Earth Warrior crew, are in a battle against climate change. Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and Chris along with other friends, or what Lance calls family, face opposition from powerful people in suits. At 18 years old, Lance must maintain his ethics as a leader and set a constant example for the children. His ethics are put to the test, for someone is out to kill him. Lance and the young Earth Warriors confront the U.S Congress and the world to act against climate change. Along the journey, allies and enemies are formed while the Earth Warriors grow up and learn from new experiences. The book leaves you with a strong message and enjoyable experience. The overall message to prevent climate change and protect the Earth as well as smaller sub messages is clearly portrayed. After reading the book, I found myself feeling guilty when I left the faucet on too long and thought about Lance’s speeches. The two messages that really stood out to me, and what I took away from the book are, “Every living thing is more than the physical,” (p.157) and “People think about the ‘me’ and what I want instead of ‘we’ and what the world needs,” (p.47). The book is never still, the characters and plot never bored me. Bowler leaves little cliffhangers throughout the book making you wonder what is going to happen next. The dialogue in the book shows the personality of the characters and creates a sense of imagery. I watched the characters change and saw them through different eyes. Even though there are many different points of view, the transitions are smooth and enhance the story. However, at the end of the book I felt that I had not quite gotten to know some of the important characters. The book includes a list of ways to save the planet, a study guide, extensions activities, and more, fitting for classrooms. I recommend this book for middle school to early high school students. Serious issues and ideas are addressed in the book. There is some vulgar language, which requires a more mature mind; although the story is written in a way children can understand. People who are interested in climate change, politics, and or a good adventure will enjoy. I saw a few grammar mistakes and printing issues, but it did not affect the story. Also, I personally do not think children and teens nowadays would be intrigued seeing the front cover. Possibly a more relatable cover would have been more effective. "Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot" by Michael J. Bowler is great and inspiring story that will really change the way you look at the world. The characters will show you their lives and thoughts bringing the story to life, shining light on topics most books today overlook. For anyone looking for a good and innovative read, this book is perfect.
anodein82 More than 1 year ago
Warrior Kids is book six in the Knight Cycle series, while being a standalone book it drops you right into the middle of the series and the plot lines. It becomes clear in the first few chapters, to a new reader, that this book and probably the entire series is about Lance, the "King" of New Camelot, and his Earth Warriors. A group of older kids, mostly those lost in the system, ages ranging from 10- early 20's. This group, these Earth Warriors, are taking on first big business, then Congress and finally the United Nations to force them to stop talking about a sustainable planet and start doing something to attain it. Though like any story dealing with change on any level there are those who oppose the Earth Warriors and are willing to do everything it takes to stop Lance and his team, even if it means taking him out of the equation, permanently. While wonderfully written and quite engaging for a YA book, the toting of a standalone book is wrong. You need to read the others to get the full back story. I recommend it. But only after you've read the first 5 books.
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
What if it were illegal to abuse nature? That's the question Michael J. Bowler poses in his rollicking middle grade adventure tale, WARRIOR KIDS. He makes a valid case that environmental damage continues to be tolerated as long as it generates a profit. Everyone from governments to international organizations are willing to turn a blind eye if they're persuaded to believe that increased pollution, overflowing landfills and the destruction of natural ecosystems can somehow benefit the bottom line. When it comes down to it, jobs are considered more valuable than the future viability of the planet. Consume more, think less. That's the message. The endless cycle of production needs to go on, for if it stops, the consequences of wide scale unemployment will be catastrophic. "You'll be dead by the time the damage you created falls on us." That in a nutshell is Bowler's counter-argument. Do we really want to leave the problem for our kids and grandkids to solve? It's not something most adults want to ponder, but it's a reality the young people of today are going to have to face. "Selfish people who had no intention of changing their lifestyle so the next generation would have a sustainable planet on which to live." The theme of Bowler's novels centers around the message, "Strive always to do what's right, rather than what's easy." He's well aware that where things stand now, a solution is probably beyond reach. But he doesn't think sitting back and doing nothing is a justifiable alternative. He offers a multitude of ideas that readers can incorporate into their lives, everything from using the cold water setting on a washing machine to giving away useable items to those in need instead of throwing them in the trash. It can be as simple as turning off a light switch when leaving a room. "Most people weren't willing to sacrifice their personal ambitions for the greater good." It's an uphill climb when preservation isn't the priority of many. Yet Bowler feels strongly that the kids of today are "a generation on the rise" and that they "intend to rise to the challenge." His characters don't want to be treated like their generation doesn't matter. They want their voices to be heard. It's only a matter of time before it becomes apparent if kids like Billy, Itz and Enya will succumb to the same pitfalls as their parents or if they will in fact rise above them and change things for the better. Putting books like WARRIOR KIDS into their hands may very well be a critical first step in a new direction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lance and his group of teenage social activists are on a mission to save the earth from devastating climate change. It isn't easy for Lance, since someone wants him dead. Yet despite the risk he still gets millions of kids from all over the world to leap into action. When he goes up against the corporate interests of the oil and big energy industries, he puts his life on the line to speak truth to power. It's a dangerous struggle for these kids to try and make it to Paris where the United Nations is holding a global conference on the issue. Lance is scheduled to make an address there, but will he make it there alive? This is another action-packed story from Michael J. Bowler and great for young readers to teach them about what's going on with our planet right now. I found it to be very informative as well as very entertaining, the best of both worlds when it comes to encouraging school-age children to read for fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eighteen year old Lance leads his knights on a quest to save the planet for future generations. New Camelot must come against government and big business if they are to see changes. In trying to get it a law against abusing Earth they find themselves facing life threatening situations. Will Lance use up is nine lives or will they all achieve a better world? The book is full of thought provoking ideas, challenges and leaves you pondering what you can do to help the planet. Will greed win? This book will keep you reading and remind you that no matter who you are you can make a difference.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's sad to think that the only exposure that some kids have to nature is by watching the Discovery Channel or thumbing through an issue of National Geographic. The indignation behind such injustice is passionately expressed in Michael J. Bowler's latest novel, WARRIOR KIDS. He has his young characters go on a crusade to save the environment before it's too late. Lance, the adopted son of King Arthur, uses his clout for the good of others, getting the warriors exposure to the Pope, Congress, even the U.N. "I want our young Earth Warriors to see what they're fighting for." But the greatest gift Lance gives to his energetic troupe is a camping trip to Gila National Forest, a protected wilderness area in New Mexico. The kids are amazed at the sheer beauty they discover. Tilting back their heads, they see trees touching the sky. Removing their shoes, they relax and stick their feet in a gurgling stream. They're enraptured, having never experienced anything like it before. "Let nature guide you. It won't steer you wrong." A lot of the Earth Warriors are city kids who grew up in and around Los Angeles. Venturing into the forest reconnects them with a part of their humanity that's remained dormant until now. Spending time outdoors eases their minds and hearts. "[They] never felt so human as [they] did that day, so in touch with all [their] senses." And their reawakening couldn't have come at a better time. They're facing the monumental task of swaying politicians, delegates, CEOs—basically every adult in a position of power—to their side. But their most important task is convincing you, the reader, to implement just one of the numerous suggestions found at the end of the book into your own life. WARRIOR KIDS is not a make believe story. It affects every single one of us, regardless if we live in Washington, Los Angeles, the forests of New Mexico or somewhere in between. We all need to be Earth Warriors, while there's still an earth to protect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The environment is a hot button issue. Every human being has a hand in destroying the earth. No one is blameless. However, there are many who talk the talk about the need for change, yet few are willing to walk the walk. "If the environment is to heal, every single one of us has to step up." The Earth Warriors hope to be a leading voice when it comes to tackling the complexity of this multi-layered problem. They're a group of young activists who are looking to achieve long-lasting results, using their brain power to figure out what it's going to take to get government and big business on board and convince them to change their ways. There's just one big problem. "Big corporations that support us with donations - some of them are the biggest carbon emitters in the country. [They're] giving us money knowing they earned it by wrecking the planet." What's a non-profit to do: close up shop or work with the enemy? The kids involved find it ethically challenging to say the least. By taking on the fossil fuel industry, they're literally putting their lives at risk by daring to go up against them. A car they're in is nearly forced off a bridge. A sandbag almost takes one of them out during a live televised debate. They face some very real consequences for standing up for what they believe in, yet they persevere, refusing to let anyone stop them. "Nature is God's way of talking to us." These kids put their faith in the Public Trust Doctrine, which states that resources such as land, water and air must be preserved for public use and that it's the government's job to maintain them. They petition Congress to remember that pledge and live up to it. It's uplifting to read how they work tirelessly to raise the public consciousness on this very important matter, uniting everyone under one banner. The dream of a better future.
TheCharacterConnection More than 1 year ago
Iztali Canche is a young environmental activist. With his mother's help, he created Earth Warriors, a movement to get kids and teens involved in getting the public to consume less and reuse more. Passionate about the cause since the age of ten, at fifteen he's now a global celebrity, well known for speaking out on behalf of the planet. "A leader never celebrates himself - he celebrates the accomplishments of those he leads." And that's where Iztali gets into trouble. His presentations now consist of performing hip-hop numbers to entertain the crowd instead of educating them on the facts. His social media feed is full of shirtless photos of himself. He's lost his center, giving in to the superficiality of his fame. "Shift people away from thinking about themselves all the time and spend more time thinking about others." That's supposed to be the emphasis of his message, but instead he's telling kids in the audience that they're consuming too much even though he's doing the same thing. Taking a cross-Atlantic flight to attend an international conference on how to reduce one's carbon footprint, instead of simply Skyping from his home in New Mexico. At the People's Climate March in New York, he doesn't tell marchers to pick up their trash, and his lackadaisical attitude results in a significant amount of garbage being left on the city streets. When it comes to addressing the critics of the Green Movement, Iztali arrogantly calls them "deniers." He doesn't sit down and talk with the prominent scientists who are against global warming, stubbornly refusing to learn where they're coming from. He's right, and they're wrong, simple as that. "We are all indigenous to this earth." Promoting himself at nature's expense, he begins to care more about what people think of him than in mobilizing kids to get out there and do something. Since Iztali is of Native American descent, his speeches become dangerously misleading when he implies that everything from increased emissions to oil fracking is the fault of the white man, even when he's well aware that China and India are two of the world's biggest polluters. Instead of bringing people together, he's driving them apart. Until he meets up with a very special teen who's able to redirect his course—Sir Lance of Camelot. With Excalibur in hand, Lance forms a coalition with Iztali, working with him to inspire young people toward making a positive change. They address a joint session of Congress. They even speak at a United Nations summit on climate change. Even role models need role models, and Lance saves Iztali from falling prey to his ego, getting him to remember that it's not just about him. It's about the over seven billion people who call earth home.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot by Michael J. Bowler is the sixth novel in the series, but it can be read as a standalone. The Earth Warriors are back and this time they are trying to stop one of the most pressing matters; damage to the environment. These kids, led by an eighteen-year-old leader, will have to awaken people before it is too late and our future generations will be paying the price for our misbegotten behavior. When Lance and his Earth Warriors stood up, millions of kids from all over the country started coming forward and standing up for the environment, but will they have the chance to make a difference? The greedy corporate world is seeing millions of dollars, and they do not want to stop. Can Lance and his Warriors change their minds? Or will they fall prey to corporate greed? Michael J. Bowler has written a great novel that will appeal largely to teenagers and even adults. This is a novel that has the perfect blend of adventure, thrills, action and suspense to make it appealing to everyone. These little heroes are beautifully constructed. I really appreciated the fact that these teenagers were not obsessed over girls, or drinking, or smoking weed. They were well aware kids who knew their responsibilities as citizens. This novel will have a very good impact on our teenagers. I would encourage parents to get their children this novel, and help them recognize their responsibilities as good citizens.