I love all things Camelot and pepperoni pizza, so this book had me hooked from the start! This was a very fun adaption of the story of King Arthur, before he was the strong and noble king he was known to be. In The Camelot Code: The Once and Future Geek, young Arthur falls into a magical well that sends him into the future, right before he is meant to pull Excalibur from the stone. It is up to 21st century kids, Sophie and Stu, to help bring him back to fulfill his destiny, or else the time line could be altered forever and result in catastrophic damage. With the fate of the world, and pepperoni pizza, resting on their shoulders, will Sophie and Stu be able to recover young Arthur in time for him to fulfill his destiny, or will too much damage be done to the timeline!
Although the first few chapters of the book bored me a little bit, as I grew to understand the characters and plot more and more, I found that I could not put it down. I love the friendship between Sophie and Stu, and their geekiness. It was also fun to read from the point of view of four main characters, including Sophie, Stu, Arthur, and Guinevere. When dealing with time travel, I found that I really liked this approach, especially since they were never all in the same era.
I would also like to mention that this is definitely NOT a high fantasy story. I would recommend this book for elementary or middle grade readers, because it is very entertaining and provides a basic knowledge on the legendary story of King Arthur and his reign of Camelot. As the plot escalates, Sophie as well begins to learn a hidden truth about herself that she never knew existed, and that leads into the sequel for this book, which I can’t wait to read! So far this series includes video game geekiness, family rivalry, historical villains, medieval chivalry, sports enthusiasm, magic, and a hint of romance. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 stars! – minus .5 because of the slow start.
Favorite Quote: “She was going to knock some sense into this little once and future twerp’s head if it was the last thing she did.”
Review by: Ava