The Taker and the Keeper, middle-grade fantasy, King Arthur, Excalibur, Merlin

Adventures in myth and legend for pre-teens

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“Three cheers and a heads up for the talented authors of the Red Monocle Series!” —Midwest Book Review

”A clever brew of legendary and contemporary characters, The Taker and the Keeper will engage young readers as it conjures up a tale of righting wrongs and conquering personal fears.”
—Richard Keep,
New York Times
bestselling children’s author

“From the opening pages, readers get drawn into—and then swept away in—this fun, fast-paced adventure."
—Lisa L. Owens, children’s author, editor,
book reviewer


“The monocle is the lens through which the young protagonists fall, like Alice through the rabbit hole, into vivid explorations of stories and myth.”
—Sara Fasy, Atención San Miguel

 

finalist

 

Award-Winning Finalists in the
"Children's Book Series"
category of the 2011
International Book Awards


Gregory, reluctant hero


The Taker and the Keeper
Middle-schoolers Gregory Guest and Yolanda Torres have no intention of becoming heroes overnight. But as the only kids in Bainesboro who see that the world has gone horribly wrong, what choice do they have?

Yola, keeper of stories
Aided by their eccentric science teacher and Gregory’s trusty red monocle, Gregory and Yolanda travel into the King Arthur legend to save today’s “real” world from a legendary threat. As they ally themselves with the magician Merlin and his young apprentice to thwart the sorceress Morgan le Fay’s machinations, these reluctant heroes must set whole worlds right again.

The Death of the Good Wizard

Book 2 takes Gregory and Yolanda into a legendary world of magic ians, knights, and one persistent dragon.
Red Monocle series
More adventures in stories from around the world are on the way. The third book features the West African hero, Anansi the Spider, and an invisible enemy.

FREE DOWNLOADS (pdf files): The study guide includes notes about the authors, the inspiration, and the story, a character list, 28 discussion questions, and topics for research and activites, including the legend, chivalry, the effects of stories, Joseph Campbell's call to adventure and the monomyth, the traits of heroes and villains, and real-life heroes.
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More information on the history of Arthurian legends, a summary of the legend, and how the legend relates to Joseph Campbell's description of the "monomyth." Download Notes

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Quotes about the importance of stories from other books by these authors. Download Words About Stories

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