Kingdom Jumper (Children of Avalon: Book One) by E.S. Lark.
Fourteen-year-old Kyle Briggins didn’t enter Camelot Junior High with an evil sorceress or Excalibur in mind. But when a mistake in roll call brands him as Kyle Pendragon—a surname shared with King Arthur, his part in an old legend begins to surface.
School bullies and teachers aren’t the only ones making such ridiculous claims either. The class pet, a talking ferret named Merlin, insists Kyle is the real King Arthur, and if that wasn’t bad enough, his math teacher is Morgana, an evil sorceress who’d happily kill him for the throne.
Traveling to ancient Camelot with a talkative ferret as his sidekick is nothing compared to the characters he’ll meet once they get there. Stuck in the middle of a legend, Kyle must face Morgana, her dark realm of nightmares, and brave the school dance. Should he survive, he’ll have to make the hardest choice imaginable; stay in the magical kingdom of Avalon or return home to new friends, his own Knights of the Round Table.
Geared toward middle grade readers, this would definitely have been a book I would have read as a kid. King Arthurian tales have been my favorite since I was a kid. Kingdom Jumper (Children of Avalon: Book One) is an interesting take on the Arthurian legend.
The way E.S. Lark left the fate of the characters is ambiguous at best. It leaves the series open to future books. I definite would give another installment a read.
The quickness with which I read this book I would consider it more of a novella. It’s an easy read for any budding reader to handle. If they are a fan of Arthurian tales this is definitely a must read. I don’t think they will be disappointed.
I give Kingdom Jumper (Children of Avalon: Book One) 3 out 5.