ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Medieval Adventures and a Few Life Lessons in New Graphic Novel for Middle-Grade Readers

Updated on January 28, 2019
chewtt2 profile image

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Knights and a Magical Sorcerer with Adventures for Max in This Fun New Graphic Novel

Fun new graphic novel from best-selling author Lincoln Peirce
Fun new graphic novel from best-selling author Lincoln Peirce | Source

Max, Knights, a Magical Sorcerer, and Learning That Believing in Yourself is A Good Lesson

Best-selling author Lincoln Peirce's new graphic novel for middle school readers is a fun read that introduces children to the medieval period, knights, sorcerers, and the adventures that come along with this period in history. Max & the Midknights also has a life lesson for young readers that it is important to believe in yourself. Max also learns that one cannot always trust appearances. Max also has his dream of being a troubadour.

Come along with Max as he embarks on his travels with his uncle as a traveling troubadour. Max and his uncle arrive at the kingdom of Byjovia and find that this is no longer a friendly place. Max's uncle is kidnapped by the horrible king of this kingdom. A group of kids that are outcasts in this kingdom's society have organized themselves as the Midknights and Max is fortunate to be able to join them to save his uncle. A magical sorcerer is also part of the plan to save his uncle from the mean king and to restore the kingdom of Byjovia to its friendly atmosphere. Max has always dreamed of being a knight during the medieval period and this adventure has made his dreams come true.

Graphic novels are popular with young readers with the cartoon format. Max & The Midknights does not disappoint. The black and white cartoon illustrations are filled with adventures and the text is written expertly with the vocabulary used in cartoons. Peirce also includes the idea that girls can also be knights. Alice gets to come along with Max and Uncle Budrick on their travels. Girls have knight power too!

Max & the Midknights was published by Crown Books, a division of Random House Children's Books. It is recommended for ages 8-12, and has an ISBN of 978-1-101-93108-0.

Fans of Graphic Novels Will Be Delighted with Illustrations

Cartoon adventures
Cartoon adventures | Source
Graphic novel cartoons are popular with young readers
Graphic novel cartoons are popular with young readers | Source
Source
Source

Bring Max and the Midknights Into the Classroom to Learn About the Medieval Age

Teachers who teach reading and language arts for middle school students will be delighted with this graphic novel with a wealth of ideas for the classroom. Teachers who teach history for middle school students will also want to add this fun read to their classroom library. The medieval period is a fascinating period of time in history that young readers will have a chance to explore after coming along with Max and his adventures with knighthood, sorcerers, and the troubadours during this period of time.

*Read Max & the Midknights as a chapter book with several chapters read each day in a group reading session. Give students the opportunity practice their skills in reading aloud to their classmates. All of the action and drama present a great opportunity for students to practice dramatic reading skills.

*Have resource material available for students to explore the medieval period.

*Assign a creative writing project for students to have the opportunity to draw their own cartoons for a story about the medieval period. How many students would like to be knight during this period? How many would like to be a sorcerer during this period?

*Take the opportunity to discuss Alice as a character. Alice also wants to be a knight. Girls are not supposed to be knights. How does this connect to today's culture in which girls are encouraged to be whatever they want to be and have girl power.

*The sorcerer has a book of prophecies that he reads to Max and the midknight group. Assign a creative writing project for students to compose prophecies for their future.

*It is a good idea to let the parents of students know that you are reading this fun graphic novel in the classroom. Give parents the opportunity to explore the book with students so that everyone is comfortable with the idea of sorcerers and prophecies. Have fun with the reading.

*Introduce the vocabulary word "troubadour". Have resource material available for students to explore troubadours during the medieval period.

© 2019 Cindy Hewitt

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)