Young Knights of the Round Table Book Blast & Giveaway

Young Knights of the Round Table:  The King's Ransom by Cheryl Carpinello

About the Book

Title: Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom | Author: Cheryl Carpinello | Year published: April 17, 2013 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Number of pages: 120 | Recommended age: 9+

Summary: Three Friends. Three Quests. Three Mysterious Predictions.

At Pembroke Castle in medieval Wales,11-year-old Prince Gavin, 13-year-old orphan Philip, and 15-year-old blacksmith’s apprentice Bryan, brought together in friendship by the one they call The Wild Man, embark upon a quest to save The Wild Man’s life when he is accused of murder and robbery. If they have any hope of succeeding, the three will have to confront their fears and insecurities, and one of them will have to disclose the biggest secret of all. But it is the arrival of King Arthur and what he reveals that surprises characters and readers.


2013 EVVY Finalist and EVVY Merit Award for Juvenile/Young Adult from Colorado Independent Publishers Assoc.

2013 Ariana Cover Finalist

2012 Silver Award Recipient for YA Fiction from Children’s Literary Classics and the CLC’s 2012 Seal of Approval.

2012 Finalist E-Book Children from USA 2012 Best Book Awards



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The Buzz About the Book

Young Knights of the Round Table is a short, fast-paced adventure set in Arthurian times which features great character development, an intriguing and engaging plot, and a surprise ending (in more ways than one!). I would highly recommend this book to tween and teen boys and girls who love mysteries or stories set in the time of King Arthur.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“I so enjoyed the factual information about weapons, clothing, daily life, and places, cleverly interspersed in the text and dialogue to inform without overwhelming young readers. The author has a gift for delving into the depths of each young hero’s psyche. The way each one of the trio faces their fears, learns to believe in themselves, and finds their true meaning and path in life is moving. This is a superb coming-of-age story, set in a time of chivalry and pageantry, and harking back to an age when a hero was truly a hero. Five stars! ” ~ Fiona Ingram, Author

“There is much to rave about this book, and I don’t want to give anything away because it’s a quick paced, thrilling, new classic about the knights. Witches, white stags, and a Wild Man make the plot exciting, along with cheering along the young knights. There are quite a few surprises at the end that really make the book a great read. We highly recommend this book for any young reader; sure, boys might convinced by the action and title, but I’m positive all young readers will enjoy the mystery and chivalry of Young Knights of the Round Table: The King’s Ransom! ” ~ Tales of a Bookworm

“I absolutely loved this book… [T]his book has just enough Arthurian legend to tie it to and draw from that period of history while being jam-packed with fantastic new characters and fresh plot twists. I am rarely surprised by things in books, but this book really surprised me with a few events I totally did not see coming! I highly recommend this book for young readers! It would be an excellent tie-in to a unit study about King Arthur.” ~ Mommynificent

“This is a fast-paced story that children and adults will both enjoy! It’s well-written and exciting as we read about the fears each boy faces and how they are able to triumph. It’s a great story about loyalty, friendship and overcoming obstacles. Because of the length, it doesn’t drag or slow down at all, so it’s fun to read and hard to put down. And the ending is full of surprises! I highly recommend reading this book! ” ~ Mel’s Shelves


About the Author: Cheryl Carpinello

Cheryl Carpinello, Author
I love the Ancient and Medieval Worlds! As a retired English teacher, I hope to inspire young readers to read more andto reach reluctant readers with my Arthurian Tales and soon a series of stories from ancient lands and legends that will take readers on adventurous quests throughout history.

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When Violet Was Blue Review

*Disclosure: I was able to get this book for free in order to write a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

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When Violet Was Blue is a simple rhyming picture book by Deb Troehler. In my opinion the author did a really great job with this book. It’s easy for kids to follow along with, the rhyming is fun to read, and the illustrations while simple are cute and colorful.

This book has a clever way of teaching kids about rainbows and about working together. The author also adds in some activities at the end to help kids learn more about the colors of the rainbow. I highly recommend this book.

JT Says:

Did you like the book? Yes, it was good.
What was your favorite part? My favorite color was red and I liked the rainbow. Anyways, I love rainbows.
Did you learn anything? All I learned was about helping and working together.
Why is it good to work together? Because working is fun and working together is great.

You can find When Violet Was Blue on Amazon. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

The Heard Museum & Graduation

Welcome to another Flashback Friday post! Today I have a fairly short post about The Heard Museum and my mom’s graduation in Phoenix. It will mostly just be pictures.

The morning of my mom’s graduation we started off with breakfast at the hotel. I don’t remember it now but Connor seemed to be enjoying it.

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After that we went to The Heard Museum for a little bit before going to my mom’s graduation. I really loved The Heard Museum. The museum is all about Native American art and culture and they had a lot of hands on activities for kids.

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After we were done going through the museum we stopped at the gift shop and then picked up some tacos to go from the café. I don’t remember what kind of tacos they were but I do remember that they were really good. I would love to go back to The Heard Museum again and have more time to look around.

Once we left it was time to head to the graduation at the Sheraton.






Outside there were some bug sculptures so we have pictures of those too. Connor took the first two pictures.






Later on we went to Rawhide for dinner and I will write about that next Friday. Thanks for stopping by!

Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg Review

*Disclosure- I was able to get this eBook free in order to do a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg is one of the books in the Terry Treetop series by Tali Carmi. The series is centered around nature and animal habitats.

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In this book Terry finds a lost egg and goes on to search for its mom. While Terry goes on his search kids are introduced to several animals. They get to see a little of the habitat that the animal lives in as well as learn a bit about each animal’s eggs and how they are taken care of.

I think that Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg is a cute book with bright illustrations. The only complaint I have is that the rhyming is off at times and the writing is a little rough in the beginning but regardless it’s still a cute story. Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg is a good introduction for young kids to learn about animals, their habitats, and their babies.

JT Says:

Did you have a favorite part or a favorite picture? My favorite part was all of it. I really liked the part with the baby chick; he was so cute.

What did you think the egg was going to be? A bird.

What would you do if you found an egg? I would take it with me and hatch it into a sea dragon.

Would you want to read any of the other Terry Treetop books? Yes.

This is JT's favorite picture.

This is JT’s favorite picture.

If you’re interested in checking out Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg I believe you can still get it for free on Amazon.

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Kids Academy Apps

*Disclosure: I am being compensated to review these apps but all opinions are my own honest opinions.**


Today I’m writing a review on three Kids Academy Apps. Kids Academy produces a lot of different apps for preschool and kindergarten kids to play and learn.

The first app is the Reading and Writing app. Activity options in this app are easy mazes, writing words, rhyming words, short vowels, and long vowels. I really appreciated the rhyming section. JT hasn’t quite mastered rhyming yet and I think the maze concept for this is great.


To play the rhyming mazes there is a word above the dog’s head and that is the word that you are supposed to rhyme. Then you move the bone to the correct rhyming word and the puppy follows. The only thing that I think could be done better is that the word that you are supposed to find a rhyme for could be said before you start. For instance in the picture above it shows a trophy but the word is actually cup.

The next app is the Kids 5 and Under app. This one has a lot of different activity options that include the alphabet, shapes, and numbers.

I think the most fun activity in this app for kids is tracing numbers. As you trace the numbers you collect fireflies to fill up your jar and kids seem to really enjoy collecting the fireflies.


I personally really like the alphabet portion. Kids get to see the letter, hear its sound, and see a word by interacting with the screen. I just think the graphics on this section are really cute and fun.




The last app is the Bingo app. In my opinion this one is more suited for the younger preschool kids. Kids can learn about farm animal sounds and listen and interact with the song Bingo. You can also put the karaoke option on here so that you can record your kids singing along.


Even though I think this one is better for the younger kids JT likes the song Bingo and listened to it over Andover a couple of times.

In all of the Kids Academy apps there is a parents section. The parents section allows you to add profiles and adjust settings.


All of the Kids Academy apps also have colorful and cute graphics and are easy to navigate.

I encourage you to take a look at the various Kids Academy apps and see if you find one that you think your child would enjoy and benefit from.

TMNT & Star Wars Get Pop-Cultured Events

Barnes & Noble has been having some Get Pop-Cultured events this month and we went to two in the past week. The first event was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ninja Training. The description for the event said you could wear your TMNT costume. JT didn’t want to wear anything but Connor wore a TMNT mask that they had and then about 10 minutes before we were going to leave he wanted one of the weapons, the wrist, elbow, and knee pads and the belt. So, I did the best I could in 10 minutes. I told him we were going to skip the knee pads and the only weapons I could make were nunchucks.

You can't tell in the picture but there is a string connecting the nunchucks.  If I had more time I would have made it look like a chain.

You can’t tell in the picture but there is a string connecting the nunchucks. If I had more time I would have made it look like a chain.

When we got to Barnes & Noble I signed the boys in and then waited for the event to start. The first thing they had to do once they started the event was a maze.



Once they completed the maze they turned it in and then they each had to tell a joke before they could move on to the next table which was a word scramble. The word scramble was pretty easy except for one word. Apparently the Ninja Turtles don’t say Cowabunga anymore; instead they say Booyakasha and I did not know that.

Once the word scramble was complete they went over to another table where they picked which turtle they wanted to be their master or trainer or sensei. I’m not really sure which word they used exactly but they colored their chosen turtle and then received a piece of fabric that matched their chosen ninja turtle so that they could make a mask. Both boys picked Leonardo. Once that was complete they went back to the table to color a medallion which they cut out and placed on a string to wear.





After everyone was done they gave out certificates and then drew prizes. JT got TMNT bubbles and Connor got a TMNT kite.




The second event we went to was a Star Wars Jedi Academy event. When the event started they had one table set up with a sheet of trivia questions and another set up with coloring sheets, a maze, a crossword puzzle, a word search, and a connect the dots sheet. The boys did the trivia first. Connor answered the ones he knew and then copied JT’s paper. I answered JT’s. There were 40 questions. The front was pretty easy but the back was more difficult for me. We missed about 7 out of the 40.


Once they were done with the trivia JT moved on to the Lego table and Connor did the Chewbacca craft.



Once Connor was done with the Chewbacca craft he wanted to do the maze, crossword puzzle, and the connect the dots sheet. JT finished up his Lego piece and then did a coloring sheet. The Lego creations were going to be displayed somewhere in the store so the kids put their names with their creations.



After that Connor decided that he wanted to go do the Legos and then JT wanted to do another one.







After that we left and on the way out the boy each got two Star Wars posters and got to pick a Star Wars Jedi Academy button/pin. JT picked C3PO and Connor picked Yoda. I really liked these events and would like to take the boys to more things like this. I’ll be keeping a closer eye now on the Barnes & Noble website for events.

Speekee- Spanish for Kids

We were given 3 free months of membership at Speekee is a website that helps kids learn Spanish. For the most part it is completely immersive and just about everything is in Spanish.


I wasn’t quite sure what exactly we were supposed to do when we first logged on because there’s not a real clear starting point but I did know that by clicking on the bell icon you could start the Speekee Spanish Challenge. The Speekee Spanish Challenge is recommended for kids over age 7 and gives you different missions to complete so this is what Connor started with.

The missions give you a video to watch and somewhere to go. Once you’ve completed the tasks then you answer a question to receive a prize to decorate your room. The list of tasks and the question are in English but all the videos and everything else is in Spanish.

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Connor had trouble figuring out where his prizes were but all you have to do is click on he home icon in the top right corner; it’s next to the bell. The prizes all appear basically in the same spot so I think when he did figure out where to go to he didn’t see them because they were all on the same spot.

There is a third icon in the top right corner and that is the map. The map icon lets you choose a location to explore. There are 25 different locations to explore. Connor really enjoyed checking out the planets in the Planetario.

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As you’re exploring you’ll come across different videos you can watch, games you can play, and questions to answer. Anytime you come across a star you can click on it and answer that question. The stars usually have a number in them and that is the amount of points you receive for answering the question. I’m not really sure what the points are for. I don’t know if you get prizes at a certain number of points or if they are just so you can see how well you are doing.

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I think that Speekee is a great way to learn with your child as well or brush up on your Spanish if you already know some. I can speak Spanish (but not completely fluent) as well as understand it all and read it so I had fun answering questions and playing some games too. I personally like taking the orders in the café and learned something that I didn’t know. I’ve always said juice as jugo but on Speekee they say zumo for juice. I had never heard that before.

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Besides the Speekee Spanish Challenge and just exploring on your own, Speekee offers another great resource called the Speekee FastTrack. The Speekee FastTrack has lesson plans for 40 weeks. The lesson plans include videos to watch, songs, worksheets, flashcards and other activities you can do.

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So if you’re interested in having your kids learn Spanish I really recommend checking out Speekee. You can get started right away wit a free account. You won’t have access to everything with the free account but you’ll still be able to start learning. For those of you interested in a paid membership Speekee is letting me give away a 3 month membership to someone. I’ve already had the giveaway running on the Where Connor and JT Go Facebook page for a few days but you can still enter if you hurry and go now.

Good luck to everyone and let me know what you think if you decide to try out Speekee.


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