Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend

Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend

by Cheryl Carpinello


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Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend by Cheryl Carpinello

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946229410
Publisher: Bublish, Inc.
Publication date: 03/01/2017
Series: Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers
Pages: 142
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

I'm a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.
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Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MotherDaughterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Here’s what my daughter and I have to say: DAUGHTER SAYS: 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. 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. MOM SAYS: 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. 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. My bottom line: This 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.*
JeyElle More than 1 year ago
Review for: Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend By Cheryl Carpinello Guinevere was always part of the Arthurian legend, however much of the time the only mention of her was with Lancelot and their betrayal of Arthur. Recent books have been written about Guinevere in a more positive attitude and from her point of view. Cheryl Carpinello brings Guinevere to a new generation of readers with this delightful book. She shows a young girl sharing adventures with her best friend, Cedwyn. As her thirteenth birthday approaches, young Guenivere is aware that her life will change whether she wishes it or not. Ms. Carpinello shows the introduction of Guinevere and King Arthur with gentleness. Merlin the Wizard advises Guinevere as she matures and eventually fulfills her destiny. Upon her marriage she becomes part of the great legend of Arthur and Guinevere. This story is enjoyable and easy to read. It is interesting and filled with enough Arthurian legend to keep young readers entertained. The questions at the end are great for comprehension and give the readers a chance to discuss their own take on the story. Overall, this is wonderfully written and filled with all the elements of a good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guinevere is a young princess who doesn't want to grow up. She wants to stay young for as long as possible but on her 13th birthday-she must become what she fears most and with that fear comes choices that would make any child of thirteen or thirty quake in their books. If you like stories based on King Arthur and fantasies based upon wizards, creatures of myth and books with excellent vivid imagery then this book is for you. It is clean and suitable for children aged 10 to 12 and even enjoyable for those with a young heart. I enjoyed this book very much and found it to be quite clever.
Tyler_TichelaarTT More than 1 year ago
There is no end to the number of novels being written about the Arthurian legend, and exciting new children's author Cheryl Carpinello can now be added to the number of writers recreating the legend for new generations with "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend." Carpinello has been teaching the Arthurian legend to her high school English classes for nearly twenty years, and now that interest has resulted in her first novel about a young Guinevere, on the eve of her thirteenth birthday, when her life is about to change forever. The reader is first introduced to Guinevere when she is in the forest hunting rabbits with her seven-year old friend Cedwyn. She is not quite as ladylike as a princess should be, considering she is the daughter of King Leodegrance. Nor is she happy that as her thirteenth birthday approaches, she will be expected to take on a more adult role in the castle and prepare for possible marriage. Guinevere finds that things get a bit easier when the wizard Merlyn arrives to participate in her birthday celebrations. But King Arthur also comes, and through her father, he makes a proposal she is uncertain is in her best interests. After a fantastic birthday party and a couple of encounters with a magical beast in the forest, Guinevere starts to accept what her role will be in the future. She also realizes she still has some time left to enjoy her youth, and she is happy that her adult role will allow her young friend, Cedwyn, eventually to fulfill his own dream of becoming a squire and then a knight. "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" is not a long or complicated story. It is just over one hundred pages, but it is a pleasant reading experience. It does not try to accomplish too much, but rather it is one of those rare books where the author understood that less is more and fully delivers in making each page valuable and interesting. The sighting of a unicorn in the book is an example of this-the delicate handling of the scene leaves the reader as much in awe as Guinevere over the magical beast. Similarly, the illustrations are not elaborate but simple drawings, yet they are magical for what they leave to the reader's imagination. While the influence of T.H. White can be felt in the novel's pages, and perhaps a bit of Disney's film version The Sword in the Stone in the illustrations, Carpinello manages to create a unique and original version of Guinevere's childhood. Carpinello is obviously enthusiastic about sharing the Arthurian legend with young readers. Her biography states that "The focus in her writing is on reluctant readers." I felt she provided enough magic and detail to appeal to readers of all ages, especially in her realistic portrait of Guinevere coming of age. I also appreciated her short, educational section at the book's end, including a discussion of the King Arthur Legend, a glossary, discussion questions, and some additional reading. The book is suitable for readers, depending on their reluctance or proclivity to read, from about third grade through middle school, although as an adult, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. "Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" is a novel sure to win readers' hearts and add to the many fans of the King Arthur legend. Perhaps best of all, Carpinello is now busy writing her "Young Knights of the Round Table" series. To learn more about Cheryl Carpinello and her books visit - Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and author of the award-winning "Narr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful reminder of childhood adventures and how it felt to be pushed into young adulthood. I recommend this book for adults and kids of all ages who love to hear tales of another time.
Ms_Librarian More than 1 year ago
The stories of King Arthur and the knights of the round table are ones that we all know. However, we seldom think about the childhood of these famous characters. While we know all about Arthur and Merlin, what about Guinevere? She was his queen and his Achilles heel, it was her affaire with Lancelot that would destroy Camelot. She is vital to Arthur's destiny, but only recently have authors begun to write about what her childhood was like. In Guinevere: On the Eve of a Legend, Cheryl Carpinello writes an enchanting story about an ordinary girl learning to be worthy of becoming the Queen of England. The author is not simply a Camelot fan who decided to put pen to paper. Carpinello is an high school English teacher who has been teaching about King Arthur and his knights for almost twenty years. This a children's book written not only to tell Guinevere's story but to encourage reluctant readers to work on reading. The story is about Guinevere's thirteen Birth Day and even more important, her first meeting with King Arthur, the young man who would be King of all England. Guinevere is just an ordinary girl at heart. All she wants to do is run wild and free, hunting with her best friend, Cedwyn. Of course, her days of freedom are coming to an end. At the age of thirteen, a girl was expected to cast aside her childishness and learn the duties she must fulfill when she is a woman. More was expected of young Guinevere than the average girl. Her mother is dead and once she is thirteen she must take her place as lady of the house. As mistress of her father's castle, she must know about all the housekeeping tasks so she can instruct the servants in their duties. Also, her father and Merlyn, Arthur's former tutor, have plans that will take her from her home to Camelot. Guinevere has her own plans and they often lead to misadventure and mayhem. Not a naughty child, she is determined to choose her own path, even if it disappoints her father, Merlyn, even the great King Arthur. Despite her stubbornness, she shows the bravery and courage she will need to become Arthur's queen. Something must happen or the destiny of Camelot will crumble. With Merlyn's help and the girl's own intelligence, she begins to understand there is more to life than having her own way. Perhaps it is a lesson some of the young readers of this book could learn as well.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
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.