“In the combat between wisdom and feeling, wisdom never wins.” ― John Steinbeck
This charismatic young Arthur creates a new Camelot within the City of Angels to lead a crusade of unwanted kids against an adult society that discards and ignores them. Under his banner of equality, every needy child is welcome, regardless of race, creed, sexual orientation, or gang affiliation.
With the help of his amazing First Knight, homeless fourteen-year-old Lance, Arthur transforms this ragtag band of rejected children and teens into a well-trained army—the Children of the Knight. Through his intervention, they win the hearts and minds of the populace at large, and gain a truer understanding of themselves and their worth to society. But seeking more rights for kids pits Arthur and the children squarely against the rich, the influential, and the self-satisfied politicians who want nothing more than to maintain the status quo.
Can right truly overcome might? Arthur’s hopeful young knights are about to find out, and the City of Angels will never be the same
Review: This book is a Harmony Ink YA title, but it does deal with some heavy hitting topics. I came away with a feeling of a mash-up for lack of a better word. This book brought to mind a melding of Lord of the Flies meets King Arthur.
This book brings to light the number of kids that are having to survive on the streets due to circumstances out of their control. It shows, too, that the people with the most to give are sometimes the ones that give the least help. We also see that with the right type of role models and some positive reinforcement kids, no matter their station, can rise up and be wonderful.
Watching the kids come together under Arthur’s leadership and guidance was amazing. I loved watching them blossom with a little guidance and direction. They went about regaining their place in society through peaceful steps and they became a true team.
Though this is a fantasy story, it is steeped in realistic issues from our lives. We have, as a society, failed our children in some big ways. There are many wonderful souls out there doing everything they can to help, but there will never be enough. When kids are given up on in the judicial system, thrown on the streets because of who they love and basically are just being treated as disposable messes, it will take a miracle to save them.
This book will break your heart at times, but I believe that it will also spur you on to do more and to be more for the children of our times.