The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek
Author: Mari Mancusi
Pub. Date: November 20, 2018
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
Synopsis: Young King Arthur accidentally time travels to the 21st century and googles himself, discovering the not-so-happily ever after in store for him once he pulls the sword from the stone. He decides he’d much rather stay here–and join the football team instead.
Now modern day gamer geeks Sophie and Stu, with the help of Merlin, find themselves in a race against time to pull a Camelot-size caper–get that sword pulled from the stone and the stubborn once and future king back to the past where he belongs. While Arthur takes on the role of wide-receiver in an attempt to save the football team from a losing season, Sophie and Stu sword-fight, joust, and horseback ride their way through Camelot as they fight to save the timeline. If they fail, the world as they know it (not to mention the existence of pepperoni pizza!) will cease to exist forever.
Oh my gosh, guys, this book is so cute! I absolutely loved the whole historical theme it had going on, and I think it is absolutely PERFECT for everyone – not just a middle grade audience!
I’ll admit, before reading this, I had been reading a lot of middle grade books lately and I wasn’t sure I was going to feel up for another one, but after the first chapter, I was hooked. This book is so much fun and so fast paced that I couldn’t stop reading it until I was finished. Yep, this is another one of those one sitting books for me, because it was just so engaging and exciting!
King Arthur, as a young kid, finds himself here in present day, and searches for himself on Google. When he finds out what lies in store for him, he figures that he would rather take his chances here, instead – so he skips out on going back to his time, and instead, joins the football team and makes friends.
With a start like that, how can you not want to read more? This book sounds absolutely amazing, right? It was, and it was so much fun! I actually started reading this book with my nine year old daughter because I thought it was such a great read, and definitely something she would find entertaining.
If you’re a fan of the Sword and the Stone story, this is such a great book for you to pick up. I guarentee you will enjoy it, because it sheds light on King Arthur like you’ve never seen before.
The characters themselves in this book were incredibly fun, too. They had such awesome personalities and I found that they really, truly had a lot to offer. They brought the story to life.
Definitely pick up this book – it was such a fun read and perfect for all ages. I loved it, and I can’t wait to read it again!
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
Mari Mancusi always wanted a dragon as a pet. Unfortunately the fire insurance premiums proved a bit too large and her house a bit too small–so she chose to write about them instead. Today she works as an award-winning young adult author and freelance television producer, for which she has won two Emmys.
When not writing about fanciful creatures of myth and legend, Mari enjoys traveling, cosplay, snowboarding, watching cheesy (and scary) horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure—playing videogames. A graduate of Boston University, she lives in Austin, Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon, and their two dogs.
Mari is pronounced like the name Mary. Mancusi is pronounced man-COO-see.
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