Mice of the Round Table: A Tail of Camelot
By Julie Leung
Hi! Have you ever felt like you could do something better or felt discouraged with yourself? Well, Calib has. It’s the day when three pages (mice) are picked to become knights. Calib had felt discouraged because he kept getting berry juice splattered all over him just because he forgot to stand to the side before he hit the berry (he was practicing swords). And his bully, Warren, could do everything perfectly and kept making fun of Calib.
Then came the announcers. They were going to announce who was going to compete in the tournament to see who is brave enough to be a knight. Here they go – Calib didn’t even enter his name, so he knew he wasn’t going to be picked. Besides, only pages who had been pages for three years put their name in the cup. And Calib had only been a page for two years. They called out three names: Warren, Devrin, and Calib. Calib was really shocked when they called his name! He saw Warren smirking at him. Warren had submitted his name to be in the tournament. Then, the announcer told them to go and do their morning chores and then they’d have their armor fitted. Calib wondered if he should back out of it, but he decided to go through with it. So, he said “Yes, sir!” Warren just stood there with his mouth opened. Apparently, he thought that Calib would back out.
Calib went and did his morning chores and after he did them, he had his armor fitted. It was way too big, so he went to look at the old tapestry that his mother had sewn of his father. Calib was an orphan; his father had died in The Great War and his mother had died of sickness. The Great War was when the Darklings (the worst enemies of Camelot’s mice) had fought for the Camelot mice’s castle. Calib’s father had fought bravely and the Camelot mice had won. Calib had a lot to live up to with the last name Christopher.
Pretty soon, it was time for the first task. The first task was a bravery test. You had to go through the mousetrap and get the cheese without getting trapped. Warren and Devrin made it. It was time for Calib. Before he went, he wished for a distraction so that he wouldn’t have to go through the trap. All of a sudden, something dark moved through the room. Then, he looked over at his grandfather and whatever that thing was, it had killed his grandfather! Everyone was sad because Calib’s grandfather had been the commander. The tournament got called off. They were all wondering what it was and they all thought that it was a Darkling. But Calib didn’t think so because the Darklings had all signed a peace treaty with Commander Yvers, Calib’s grandfather.
A little while later, while they were still making plans for war, Macie, a scout in the woods, brought in a Darkling crow. Her name was Valentina. She told them that she had been looking for something to eat. They were all starving and didn’t believe her, but Calib did. That night, he went to unlock the crow with his friend, Cecily. He started to make plans to save the Darklings from the terrible war that the mice were making. And it wasn’t even the Darklings’ fault!
Will Calib succeed and the war be stopped? Or will a terrible war begin needlessly? As I always say, read the book to find out!
I recommend this book to readers who like action and excitement and adventure, for this book is all those things! Hope you enjoy!
A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:
“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor):
There were a few scary parts, but none were too scary.
“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor):
Zero. None. Nada.
I give this book 5 wands.
I loved it! I absolutely, positively loved it! It’s a story of a brave mouse going on a dangerous adventure. It just goes to show that even the smallest creatures can do big things!