Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mystery of the White Knight (The World of Sir Kaye Stories)


Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing
Audio Book Publish Date: March 15, 2018

BOOK BLURB: Who is the White Knight?  He ruins fields so nothing can grow, burns down entire villages, and terrifies the people of Knox. People say it’s the new queen’s fault—that she’s a bad ruler. They want to take her throne away and give it to someone else. But she’s only been ruling for one month! When disaster strikes, can her nephew Beau save the throne for the queen and solve the mystery of the White Knight?

The World of Sir Kaye stories are short, easy-to-read chapter books featuring beloved characters from the Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series in their own standalone adventures. Each story can be enjoyed by itself or as a supplement to the official Sir Kaye the Boy Knight four-book series. Look for more stories to come throughout the year!

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HALL WAYS REVIEW: Audio book review. I am a super-fan of all four books in author Don Winn’s Sir Kaye the Boy Knight (SKTBK) series and enthusiastically read and reviewed them all (links at bottom of this post). The characters are excellent, the plots unique and exciting, and the lessons on morals and values are subtle yet impactful.  Upon finishing The Eldridge Conspiracy, the final book in the series, I was a little sad to part ways with that cleverly crafted world and those kids who live in it.

I am THRILLED that Winn has created the World of Sir Kaye Stories chapter book series that takes readers back into the world of Sir Kaye and his friends. The first installment, Mystery of the White Knight, is centered around Beau, the nephew of the newly crowned Queen of Knox. The book can easily stand alone, but readers familiar with the SKTBK series will remember Beau as one of Sir Kaye’s best friends and will know the back-story of how Beau ended up in Knox.

“Bobbin laughed like a crazed little goat.”

In Mystery of the White Knight, readers meet six-year-old Bobbin, who is richly written so that listeners not only visualize how he looks (snot-nosed and all), but also gain insight into his feelings and quirks – like keeping a piece of poop from each of his favorite horses! Both Beau and Bobbin suffer from a lack of confidence and their places within vastly different social statuses in the kingdom, but the message is clear that when ordinary people watch out for others, “then they are just as good as kings.”

The audio book is a short listen at just an hour and thirty-seven minutes – and even shorter when listened to at 1.25x speed, which was better for those of us accustomed to faster-paced conversations. I can see how the audio (at regular speed) would pair nicely with the print book so young and/or struggling readers could get the full experience and help they need to fully enjoy the story.  Stephen Marsden returns and earns high marks as narrator. Rather than trying to give each character a distinct voice, Marsden reads naturally – like an adult would conduct a read-aloud for children – which works much better than the narration style of the SKTBK books.

With plenty of action and adventure, the wonderfully descriptive passages of Mystery of the White Knight will keep readers/listeners entertained and engaged. This is a fabulous start to what I hope becomes only one of many new medieval adventures to come from Don Winn.

Thank you to the author for providing me an audio download in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Don M. Winn is a multiple award-winning children’s author of eleven picture books and four children's novels. His Sir Kaye the Boy Knight® series of novels for independent readers include The Knighting of Sir Kaye, The Lost Castle Treasure, Legend of the Forest Beast, and The Eldridge Conspiracy.  Don's picture books include: The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon; Superhero; Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge; Shelby the Cat; Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy; and many others.

Don has been writing for over 20 years. After beginning with poetry, Winn  moved on to writing children’s picture books. Almost immediately, his growing young readers begged for chapter books, which led to the creation of the Sir Kaye series. As a dyslexic himself, who well knows the challenge of learning to love to read, Winn's goal is to write books that are so engaging they will entice even the most reluctant or struggling reader. Don's articles on dyslexia have been featured in TODAY Parenting, the Costco Connection Magazine, MD Monthly, Latin Times, Fostering Families Today, and many others. Winn lives in Round Rock, Texas.

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