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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Blog Tour: Children of the Knight

Children of the Knight Book Summary:
According to legend, King Arthur is supposed to return when Britain needs him most. So why does a man claiming to be the once and future king suddenly appear in modern-day Los Angeles?

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––where even gay boys and gangsters work side by side. 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 his 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.

The Knight Cycle begins . . .

Michael J. Bowler's Bio:
Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of three novels - A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time, and Children of the Knight - who grew up in San Rafael, California.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He has already completed the two continuations of Children of the Knight that complete the trilogy - Running Through A Dark Place & And The Children Shall Lead. Both will likely be released in 2014.
My Review:
I was a little disappointed in this book because it was not what I had anticipated based on the book description.  There was far too much about sex (gender and relationships) and children exploring sexuality for my taste of reading. To be honest, I did not begin to enjoy the story/characters until the very end when there was actually a problem and the children pulled together to face that problem. I was sad at the outcome and even cried for Lance though he annoyed me to bits in the first part of the book.
I understand some of the issues the book tried to address, my mom worked as a social worker for years as well as a peace-officer in the juvenile detenction center in our county. So I understand that some children have it really hard and some of the worst things happen to them, so I am not knocking the subject content of the story.
The writing and dialogue threw me for a loop until I got the hang of it but it was hard to connect with it. If this had been a non-fiction piece, I could have seen it for what it was, an eye opening awareness of how are current system is unfair and neglectful of children on the streets or already in the system. But the fact that this was fiction, I could not get into the story.
I do however, appreciate the author's attempt at exposing the truths of the streets for young disadvantaged children and the lack of empathy from the authorities and society at large.

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