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What if everything you believe is a lie?

Maia has spent most of her life trying to run away from her past. When a chance encounter lands Maia in a dubious peace initiative, she has to walk down a road she had hoped never to tread. Little does she know that the real truth about her long-deceased mother is somewhere down this path.

But before she gets to that, Maia will discover true friendship, face an unimaginable evil, and fight her deepest fears to save the world she loves.

A planet on the brink of extinction. An enemy from the dark side of the universe. Only one girl and her secret stand between them.

Maia and the Xifarian Conspiracy is the first book of the Lightbound Saga, the MG/YA science fiction series that features non-stop action, unexpected plot twists, captivating characters, and a spunky heroine. If you like fast-paced adventure, thrilling new worlds, and epic storylines, then you’ll love this page-turning coming-of-age series from author S. G. Basu.

Take an incredible journey with the loveable and adorable puppy Rivers as he travels overseas with his adoptive dad. Rivers, through his own journey, experiences the world through God’s eyes and finds joy in God’s faithfulness as he encounters new people, places, and things. A delightful story of adventure and learning to love something new.

Colorful illustrations make this a must-read for young children who are just forming their understanding of love in action and different cultures.


This is what learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is all about.
We must develop the motivation to discover, the curiosity to wonder, the courage to explore, and the creativity to imagine.

“The mind that opens to a new idea never returns to its original size.” – Albert Einstein
Such is the inspiration for this book. And it is truly a wild, whirling tornado of breathless fascination.

Each story is an adventure, each tale a discovery.

Every page is dripping with captivating tales from history and scientific wonders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, all of which have been specifically curated and written for YOUNG READERS.

The purpose of this book is to fascinate but also to empower and uplift.

The stories filling these 200 pages will inspire awe and fascination in both reluctant readers as well as budding aficionados of the written word. You will be amazed at what your child excitedly learns from a book like this.

Get this book today and ignite your child’s curiosity.
★ Fascination is an incredible gift. ★

Interview with Cheryl Carpinello, Author of The King’s Randsom

cherylIn addition to being a writer, Cheryl is a retired high school English teacher. Still passionate about working with kids, she conducts writing workshops for kids in the elementary and middle schools. The kids outline their own medieval stories complete with knights, dragons, magicians, and usually princesses. 

Cheryl loves to travel to college football games, to Las Vegas, to visit family, and to see new places. She and her husband recently spent two weeks visiting Egypt where they traveled by local train from one end of Egypt to the other.


Blog: http://carpinelloswritingpages.blogspot.com

Website:   http://www.beyondtodayeducator.com

FB:  https://www.facebook.com/cheryl.carpinello1

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylcarpinello  

My main website Beyond Today Educator contains information on both Guinevere and The King’s Ransom. The events section is a picture gallery of the Medieval writing workshops I do with the Colorado Girl Scouts.  

On my blog Carpinello’s Writing Pages, I review Children/MG/Tween/YA books, conduct interviews with authors, and post ideas to get kids involved in reading and writing.

Thank you for joining us today, Cheryl. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself? 

I’m an avid reader when I get the chance. Some of my favorite authors include the writing duo Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child since I first discovered The Relic way back when. I love JRR Tolkien and have read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings several times. Rick Riordan and Joseph Delaney are two of my favorite MG authors. I enjoy working with kids and love doing the Medieval Writing Workshops.

When did you first get bit by the writing bug? 

I remember writing a poem for my 8th grade English class. Unfortunately, my teacher thought that I had copied it from some place and wouldn’t give me credit for it. I didn’t write again until I was in my mid-twenties. I finished three projects before I ever let anyone read my work.

Why did you decide to write stories for MG/YA? 

I’ve written several books over the years. I’ve done an adult romance, a YA romance/bildungsroman, and several stories suitable for picture books. I just never seemed to find a genre I was passionate about writing. Then I started teaching The Once and Future King. My students loved the story and the whole medieval world. After writing Guinevere, I started doing medieval writing workshops in the elementary schools and found every classroom full of kids crazy about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and the medieval time period. I have to say that being in the classroom and working with the younger kids has been my entire motivation for writing my books.

Do you believe it is harder to write books for a younger audience?

I wouldn’t say it was harder because I don’t think any age group is easier to write for than another. However, writing for young readers, as any age audience, means that you have to know your readers. With most writers being adults, writing for younger readers could be difficult if an author doesn’t interact with kids, read books they are passionate about, and understand the many facets of growing up today.

What is your favorite part of writing for young people?

My favorite part of writing for young people is writing the action/adventure books that I loved growing up. In fact, I probably haven’t grown up that much. I’m still dazzled by ancient cultures, good v.s. evil, and stories that have the protagonist(s) reaching deep inside themself to meet challenges.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?kings ransom

The Young Knights are three kids who have become friends via their friendship with a beggar/vagabond called the Wild Man. Without the Wild Man, it is likely that they would not have met and become friends because they are from very different backgrounds. Eleven-year-old Gavin is the youngest prince of Pembroke Castle in southern Wales. Fifteen-year-old Bryan has been sent to Pembroke by his parents to learn to be a blacksmith. Thirteen-year-old Philip is an orphan who wandered into Pembroke village and lives and works at the church. They are really just three lonely kids who find friendship with the Wild Man and each other.

When someone breaks into the king’s (Gavin’s father) treasury in Pembroke Castle, not only is the medallion known as The King’s Ransom stolen, but Aldred, the king’s advisor is murdered. Being a beggar/vagabond, the Wild Man is captured and charged with the crime. It doesn’t help that a bloody knife is found with his belongings. Gavin, Bryan and Philip are determined to prove that the Wild Man is innocent. In order to do this, they embark upon a quest where each is tested and must conquer their fears or face humiliation and/or even death.

What inspired you to write it?

I’ve always been fascinated by King Arthur. I’ve probably read just about every fiction story written over the last 15-20 years. One of my favorites is Deepak Chopra’s The Return of Merlin. I’ve also ventured to nonfiction and scholarly accounts like Tyler Tichelaar’s King Arthur’s Children: A Study in Fiction and Tradition. However, I’m more of a romantic, and it’s that side of the legend that appeals to me. I like the ideas that surround the legend like might is not right and that it is still possible for mankind to live in peace. I believe this is what draws young and old to the legend. What the legend says to kids without them realizing it is that there is a right way and a wrong way to live. This is done with the stories of the knights with their quests, their jousts, their rescuing of the damsels, and their fighting for the underdog. These stories present young readers with vivid accounts of honor, loyalty, and friendship. This is why I chose Arthurian Legend.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

The King’s Ransom (Young Knights of the Round Table) is available at several sites:

Muse It Up Publishing (An 18-page study guide is available for free on Muse’s web site.):   https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=322&category_id=10&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0086MEW76

Amazon UK:  http://www.amazon.co,uk/dp/B0086MEW76

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-kings-ransom-cheryl-carpinello/1112317555

What is up next for you?

My current work-in-progress takes my readers out of Medieval England and back to Ancient Egypt. Sons of the Sphinx is a mystery/adventure for tweens/YA and introduces readers to a different type of quest.

Future projects include a sequel to Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend. I’ve had several readers ask me what becomes of Guinevere’s friend Cedwyn, so I’m working on a storyline there. And, somewhere soon, I’m going to do another Young Knights of the Round Table. I haven’t decided yet whether to continue with the same characters, or to give a new group of young people a chance at joining the Round Table.

Do you have anything else to add?

I have found that Arthurian legend is for all ages, but my main focus is on young readers (ages  8-15). I typically write shorter books for reluctant readers. These reluctant readers are kids who are able to read, but prefer to do other activities. If I can reach them early in their schooling, it’s just possible I might hook them into exploring other books. I’ve yet to find a student in the younger grades who isn’t excited about the medieval time period.

No Other Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup

 The Cheesemans are back on the trail, traveling through time in the hopes of rescuing their beloved wife and mother, Olivia. But time travel can be very tricky. They bounce off the Time Arc and land in Some Times–a place filled with dinosaurs, Vikings, and cavemen, and where the seasons are apt to change without warning.

In this hilarious and zany conclusion to the Whole Nother Story series, Dr. Cuthbert Soup treats his readers to more adventures, more challenges, and more unsolicited advice. Ethan Cheeseman and his children have met numerous quirky characters along their journey. They have escaped from the clutches of the evil people who wish to steal the LVR and use it to perform heinous acts. In this thrilling story, the stakes are as high as they’ve ever been. Not only must they keep the LVR out of the hands of those who want to misuse it, they must find a way back to the exact moment in time before Olivia Cheeseman is poisoned, in order to make their family whole again.

Like the other books in this series, No Other Story is filled not only with hilarious antics, but several tender family moments. What I thought was odd in this book, however, is that Dr. Soup–who has been the narrator for all the stories–has a flashback that makes him part of the storyline.  My girls (11 and 9) found it a bit confusing. If the style of the other books was similar, it probably would have flowed well, but since he only makes an actual appearance in the last book it was distracting.

Despite that little obstacle, the girls and I loved No Other Story. I’m sad to see this series end. I hope Dr. Cuthbert Soup has more stories in store for us.

Rating:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publication Date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Reading Level: Age 8 and Up
  • SRP: $16.99

I received a free hardcover of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel

 If ever there were a book that is educational and hilarious, it’s Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel. One of several Bad Kitty books that we own, in this book Bad Kitty is running against Big Kitty to become president of the Neighborhood Cat Club because Old Kitty is leaving office next week. Once they learn all there is to know about elections, it will be time to vote.

When the Lil Princess asked me to buy her a few Bad Kitty books, I have to admit I didn’t understand it. What is so great about a naughty kitty who does less than nice things and sometimes grumbles to himself where characters like this (#@!*) appear above his head to indicate cuss words that can’t be used in a children’s book? Now that we’ve read one together, I understand it.

Bad Kitty’s antics are extreme and many kids couldn’t get away with half of what he does, so it’s funny to them. In Bad Kitty for President, children learn a great deal about elections: primaries, public relations, campaigning, advertising in the media, debates, and voting. Other characters like Uncle Murray and Edna Prunelove provide additional information and funny moments, while the book’s editor can chime in from time to time when the author leaves him notes.

I don’t think we stopped laughing until the last page. We were probably chuckling for a while afterwards too. I’m sure we’ll be reading more Bad Kitty books in the future.

Reading:  🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Reading level:Ages 7 and up
  • Paperback:160 pages
  • Publisher:Square Fish (August 21, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1250010160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250010162
  • SRP: $6.99

I purchased a copy of this book as a gift for my daughter. This review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

The Templeton Twins Have An Idea Winner!


Sorry I am so late in announcing this. Life has gotten crazy the past couple of months. It’s almost over, though, since the writers conference is Saturday and the Lil Diva’s cheerleading and the Lil Princess’ soccer will be over at the end of the month.

Congratulations goes out to Alice. She won a copy of The Templeton Twins Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner. I’ll email her now.

Thanks to all who participated.