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Cheryl Carpinello


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Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend
At the dawn of Camelot, one young girl is about to take her place beside the greatest king in English history. Join Guinevere and her friend Cedwyn in her struggle to accept her destiny.
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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.
fiction, childrens
childrens YA

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I am first and foremost a teacher. After that, I am a romantic. Nothing invigorates me more than guiding young minds in exploring themselves and the world around them. Introducing young people to the literature of the ages and the importance of the written word (even their own!)is a thrill that has never subsided. And so today, I write for young readers (grades 3-6) and hope to capture their imaginations as they learn to love literature. I offer writing workshops for young writers and watch them sparkle when they realize that they CAN write!

My first book Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend introduces young readers to Guinevere the girl as she struggles with growing up and fulfilling her destiny.

My second book Young Knights of the Round Table: The Kings' Ransom is a work-in-progress. Look for a preview in 2011.

My third book Tutankhamen An Autobiography moves away from the realm of Arthur and into the ancient world of the Egyptian Pharaohs.


“Most people are familiar with the story of King Arthur, his Lady Guinevere, and her Knight Lancelot. What author Cheryl Carpinello has done in "Guinevere: On The Eve Of Legend" is spin a fascinating story of the child Guinevere...a deftly written and thoroughly entertaining story that will delight and engage young readers from beginning to end, making it a highly recommended addition to school and community library collections.” --Midwest Review May 2009
“As a retired elementary teacher, I am always on the lookout for engaging new literature for young readers. Guinevere is a wonderful book for the student beginning to master chapter books and longer stories. I loved the imagery, new vocabulary and page-turning storyline. It is a story that will capture the modern reader, even as it takes her back to times of long ago. Highly recommended!!!”
--JSH Denver
“I'm in the middle of reading the book. I just got it yesterday, and even though I'm a 50 year old "granny" I can hardly put it down. Very well written and I recommend it to all! This book captures your attention from the first chapter and keeps it throughout the book. I was a reluctant reader as a youth, and this book would have been the type that would have turned me on to reading. Very well written. I recommend it to all parents who have children who are struggling to find a good book that they can "get in to" and learn the magic of the written word.” --M.Moore Northern Arizona
“[My granddaughter] read Guinevere as did I. We both found it to be delightful. She really enjoyed it. Also, I’m a Camelot fan, and I thought you handled the Guinevere, Lancelot, and Arthur relationship very nicely for a 13-year-old girl.” --BF, retired high school English teacher
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...”
--Emily Decobert, www.BookPleasures.com
Ms. Carpinello takes her love and knowledge of Arthurian legend...and weaves a tale of a girl coming of age and fighting her destiny...While shedding light on the youthful years of the legendary queen...She gives vivid glimpses of the past and lessons of life. The story of Guinevere is filled with adventures and misadventures as well as llustrations...[Readers] will fall in love with the exuberant Guinevere and the faithful Cedwyn...The story brings back memories of the long lost days of childhood...and is a journey into legend...with just a sprinkling of magic.--Sarah Katz Bookpleasures.com

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"Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend" Nominated

Created On: 04/22/2011 15:37:52
Guinevere: On the Eve of LegendeBook has been nominated for Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards. Finalists will be chosen in July 2011.

Review of King Arthur's Children by Tyler Tichelaar

Created On: 02/12/2011 04:20:22
After teaching the Legend of King Arthur for over 20 years, I felt that I had a pretty good handle on the legend. But, Tyler Tichelaar has astounded me with the details and research about the actual sons of King Arthur!

His methodical research of the ancient texts, including The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Geoffrey's The History of the Kings of Britain, The Mabinogion, and Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur coupled with more modern texts like Celtic Myth and Arthurian Romance (1967) and The Book of Arthur: Lost Tales of the Round Table (2002), present readers with a validity for Arthur’s children that has not been shown before.

Tichelaar also explores current fiction in which Arthur’s children make their own path in the literary legend of Arthur. The reasons put forth by Tichelaar in King Arthur’s Children http://www.childrenofarthur.com for this proliferation of heirs is logical and at the same time magical. Arthur’s legend continues to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, and it only makes sense that authors feel modifying the Legend will allow more people to discover the honor and hope so many are looking for in today’s world.

The information about Arthur’s early sons coupled with Tichelaar’s in-depth analysis of the known son Mordred leaves readers wondering how much more Tichelaar will uncover of this magnificent legend. Tyler even explores the claims of the British royal family both past and present that they are Arthur’s descendants!

Tichelaar’s in-depth analysis of the plausibility of King Arthur’s children reaffirms the importance that the King Arthur legacy continues to have for society and the need of people all over the world to be able to connect to and believe in King Arthur and Camelot.

10 Facts about My First NaNoWriMO

Created On: 12/01/2010 16:18:37
It's December 1st, and November and my first NaNoWriMo are behind me. Definitely an enlightening experience and more.

Having been asked not too long ago what my passion in life was, I would now have to say that Learning is my passion. The facts listed below illustrate a large part of my learning over the last 6 years and the last 30 days!


1. I finished with 21,599 words.

2. I was short 28,401 words.

3. My initial outline for Tutankhamen was 4,000 words.

4. Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend ended up being around 28,000 words.

5. Young Knights of the Round Table: The King's Ransom is currently at 23,400 words and at the editor.

6. Guinevere took 5 years to write, edit, and publish.

7. Young Knights has taken 2 years to write, rewrite, and now edit.

8. Tutankhamen-An Autobiography took 8 months to research and outline, and 30 days to write the first draft!

9. My fundraising goal for Young Writers was $250; I raised $255.

10. I didn't make the 50,000 words, but I still came out a winner and richer for the experience.

Thank you all for your support.

My NaNoWriMo

Created On: 11/19/2010 10:57:22
After 19 days of writing and not writing, I have learned a lot about myself and my writing habits.

Writing on demand does get a word count down, but does not help creativity.

Just writing to write even when the story hits a wall does not always remove that wall.

Creating a need to write does not take the place of loving to write.

I enjoy the creativity that paces my writing and records my ideas.

I enjoy the time I spend processing my writing in my head.

I enjoy living what I am writing.

I don't write because I have to write.

I write because I love to write.

There are 12 days left in NaNoWriMo. I am behind in my word count, and I'm not sure whether I will be able to catch up. I am not giving up though and will continue to put words down.

My story of King Tut has tripled in size from the outline I started with. Whether I finish it this month won't be evident until Nov. 30. Here's to a determined try!!!

I also want to thank my supporters. We have raised $255 of my goal of $250! It's nice to know that young writers will be benefiting from your generosity.

See you on December 1st!

Join me in Celebrating Young Writers

Created On: 10/24/2010 14:04:21
National Novel Writing Month

Once again, I am diving in head first into a new experience.

Please join me in my first ever participation in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) this November.

I will be starting fresh with just my research and my imagination to make my children's novel of Tutankhamen come alive in 30 days!

And as I do this, the money from my sponsorships will go directly to NaNoWriMo and its Young Writers Program which provides resources and support for writing programs for K-12.

If you can help, that would be great. If not, please think of me often as I work to hammer out 50,000 words in 30 days!

My goal is $250. I have absolutely no idea if that is unrealistically high or low!

Thanks for your support.

Here is the link to my personal web page in support of The Office of Letters and Light.

Girl Scout Workshops

One of the Junior Girl Scouts who attended my writing workshop in October 2010, is a writer for The Denver Post and wrote a neat article complete with pictures for the Kids Page. Here is the link to read her work and check out the pictures. I'm sure she would be delighted if you left a comment on her work!

Also, my work with the Girl Scouts would not be possible without my great volunteers: Shelley Hegge, Michele Carpinello, Barbara Carpinello, and Jodi Carpinello.

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