Author Don M. Winn’s first chapter book, ‘The Knighting of Sir Kaye’ is the perfect way to get boys interested in reading.
PRESS RELEASE (12/4/2013)- Parents and teachers are always on the lookout for ways to get boys reading, and the award-winning book, The Knighting of Sir Kaye, is just the ticket. IndieReader Review calls this book “a lively and adventurous kids’ book, full of gentle humor and warmth.” Boys love stories about knights, danger, and bravery, and happily, this book has plenty of all three. The first installment in the Sir Kaye series, this book takes place in the troubled medieval land of Knox. It centers on Kaye Balfour, a twelve-year-old boy who wants nothing more in the world than to be a famous knight like his father. However, Kaye meets many challenges on his quest to make that dream come true.
Kaye seems to have a charmed life: his father is a legendary knight, he lives in a castle, and he has a great horse. However, there’s plenty wrong with it, too. For one, his father has been away for two years on “official court business.” For another, he deals with challenges that any boy might face: his former best friend hates him, other boys laugh at him for wanting to be a knight, and the village bully has chosen Kaye as his target.
Kaye and his new best friend Reggie still manage to have plenty of carefree adventures until one day, a small act of chivalry on Kaye’s part makes him the queen’s surprising choice for a new knight. Suddenly, his world is turned upside down and in an effort to prove he can be a real knight, he finds himself in a face-off against adult knights in an actual tournament.
The book presents the idea that chivalry — defined here as helping others — makes an ordinary person a hero. “I really like the fact that this story promotes the idea that anyone could be a hero, because being a real-life hero is about helping others, and it doesn’t take any special superpower to do that. It’s open to everyone,” says Mr. Winn.
Winner of the 2013 IndieReader Discovery Award in the Kids category, the 2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Silver Medal for general pre-teen fiction, the Royal Dragonfly Book Award First Place award for a children’s chapter book, and a Mom’s Choice Awards® Gold Recipient, The Knighting of Sir Kaye is highly recommended for independent readers in grades 3 and up. It’s also recommended for reading aloud.
Kaye is a relatable boy, who deals with many of the same issues any twelve-year-old might face today. The Knighting of Sir Kaye is well-paced with plenty of action and humor. Young readers will be captivated by this page-turner and anxious for the next installment in the series. Fans of author Don M. Winn’s picture books will likely begin the transition to chapter books with The Knighting of Sir Kaye, and new readers—as well as parents—will surely become devotees of Winn’s lively, warm, and funny style.
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Don Winn is the award-winning author of the children’s novel The Knighting of Sir Kaye. He has written ten additional picture books, including Superhero; Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy; The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon; Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge; and Shelby the Cat. Winn lives in Round Rock, Texas.
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