Roland Wright Future Knight
This historical fiction story by Tony Davis is the first in the "Roland Wright" series published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House Inc.
Roland Wright Future Knight is written for kids ages 6 to 9 years. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.
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The year is 1409. At age 10, Roland Wright dreams of being a real knight someday. He knows it's impossible, though. His family isn't wealthy or prestigious enough for him to receive that kind of training.
Roland and his older brother, Shelby, work in their father's shop making armor. Mr. Wright has developed a highly sought-after technique for creating stronger, safer armor. Roland's favorite knight, Sir Gallawood, stops in one day to get Mr. Wright's help in removing some bent armor. While he's still in the shop, messengers from the king arrive. They tell Mr. Wright that his innovative armor recently saved the king's life. Out of gratitude, they say, the king will endorse Wright's armor. The king also has invited Mr. Wright to send one of his sons to live and work at the palace. Roland knows whichever son is chosen will eventually be able to train as a knight. The son who stays behind will take over the family business of armory.
Since both Roland and Shelby want the king's honor, Mr. Wright says they will compete for it. He will create a series of tests. Whoever behaves in the most knightly manner will go to the palace. Roland feels discouraged, knowing he isn't as strong as his brother. He decides to visit Sir Gallawood and ask his advice. The knight urges Roland to be true to himself. He tells the boy to behave justly, nobly and unselfishly. He also makes Roland promise to carry himself in a knightly fashion even if he doesn't win the contest.
Mr. Wright's contest involves tests of craftsmanship, archery and swordsmanship. Shelby doesn't always play fair in competition. Roland is tempted to play dirty at times as well. Then he remembers his promise to Sir Gallawood, and he behaves with integrity. Though Roland isn't the strongest fighter, or the winner of all the tests, his father praises him for making honorable decisions in difficult situations. Because of Roland's noble decisions, Mr. Wright chooses Roland to go to the palace and train for knighthood.
The only book Roland has ever seen is a Latin Bible read by the village priest. No one in his village works on Sunday because it is the Lord's Day. They pray, go to Mass and eat a big Sunday meal.
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Readability Age Range
6 to 9
Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House Inc.