Rummanah Aasi
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Description: The Knights seek fame and fortune by entering a talent show! 
A battle is looming at Camelot Middle School--a battle of the bands, that is! Artie, Wayne, and Percy enter the talent show seeking fame and fortune. But only one of them plays an instrument: Percy. And he plays the tuba. Their only hope of winning is finding the long-lost "Singing Sword," the fabled instrument of awesome power, but how can Artie find time to rock when he's been assigned a new lab partner, Melody Claymore? Melody is a klutz and a goof, and she harbors a not-so-secret crush on Artie. Is Melody his worst nightmare or secretly the answer to his prayers?


Review: The third and final Knights of the Lunch Table is a highly entertaining read both for young readers as well as adults. Artie and his friends have been challenged by the bullies in his school to compete and win the Battle of the Bands in their school. The winner of the competition wins bragging rights as well as a trophy. Artie has added pressure and incentive to win the Battle of the Bands competition because if he loses his favorite teacher, Mr. Merlin, will get fired from his job. 
  I like how this book shows Artie and his friends defeat the bullies by using their skills and creativity. Artie also learns a valuable lesson in not having preconceived notions about Melody, his classmate. Along with the action and humor in preparing and leading up to the Battle of Bands, we do see allusions to the Arthurian legends sprinkled throughout the graphic novel which adds inside jokes to those familiar with the legends. 
  The illustrations are vibrant and visually appealing, however, I was left with the feeling of the series being unfinished. Though we do get to see some character development, I wish there was more of a fleshed out plot arc in the story, perhaps continuing the story until Artie and his friends finish middle school. 

Rating: 4 stars

Words of Caution: None. Recommended for Grades 3 and up.

If you like this book try: The Lunch Lady series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Mal and Chad series by Stephen McCranie
2 Responses
  1. I like that they are dealing with the bullies in a positive manner. I think this sounds like a good book for young boys. Adding it to my son's list for when he is older.


  2. This sounds like a perfect one for me to recommend! I also hope the storms are a bit calmer for you now!


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