The award-winning four-book Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series of adventure chapter books for kids by Don M. Winn (grades 3 and up). Available from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, and Audible.com.
A study guide for the entire Sir Kaye series is also available. It contains activities and games to build vocabulary, improve reading comprehension, stimulate critical thinking, and inspire creative writing. It also contains an appendix with information about the Middle Ages. For more information, see the Resources page.
The award-winning Sir Kaye the Boy Knight adventure chapter books fir kids by Don M. Winn has everything—action, medieval adventure, excitement, mystery, knights, friendship, chivalry, kid heroes, and plenty of humor and fun. Written for independent readers, but also ideal for shared reading, this compelling series is sure to attract even the most reluctant young reader.
Follow the adventures of twelve-year-old Kaye Balfour and his friends Reggie and Beau as he faces his greatest challenge—becoming the youngest knight in the troubled land of Knox—and then is thrust into the adventure of a lifetime, uncovering a mystery and stopping a conspiracy that threatens the entire kingdom.
The entire four-book series won the 2017 Royal Dragonfly First Place Award for Best Children’s Series.
Visit The Making of Sir Kaye Blogs page to read past blogs about my research on the Middle Ages and the work that went into creating the Sir Kaye series.
Book One: The Knighting of Sir Kaye
In The Knighting of Sir Kaye, Kaye is an ordinary boy who dreams of becoming a legendary knight like his absent father. When the new queen knights Kaye for doing a brave deed to help another person, he gets his wish a lot sooner than he expected…but he’s got a lot to live up to. Can he hold his own against all the other knights who hate him? Can he outwit the terrible Sir Melchor and defeat him in the deeds-at-arms competition in which all knights in the kingdom must participate? Can he help the queen save her kingdom…even a little bit?
2013 IndieReader Discovery Award
2013 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Silver
2013 UK Wishing Shelf Book Award, Silver
Mom’s Choice Award Gold
Praise for The Knighting of Sir Kaye
The Wishing Shelf Book Awards: “A fantastic, fun-filled adventure. Highly recommended.”
IndieReader Review: “A lively and adventurous kids’ book, full of gentle humor and warmth.”
Fortitude, good will, and friendship triumph over pettiness in this enjoyable story.—Publishers Weekly
Book Two: The Lost Castle Treasure
The adventure continues with book two in the Sir Kaye series, The Lost Castle Treasure. The treasure house of Knox castle is empty! Now conspiracy and war threaten the kingdom while mysterious noises and unexplained events fill the castle. As best friends Kaye, Reggie, and Beau search for the missing treasure, jealous knights plot to get rid of Kaye for good. Can Kaye find the treasure in time to save the kingdom? Or will he risk losing his knighthood forever? Join Kaye, Reggie, and Beau as they search for hidden clues, secret passages, a lost castle treasure, and their place in the world in this fast-paced adventure.
Mom’s Choice Award Gold
2013 Wishing Shelf Award Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Award Finalist
Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Finalist
Praise for The Lost Castle Treasure
The Wishing Shelf Book Awards: “A fun, exciting adventure. Sir Kaye is a fantastic role model for kids.”
Readers’ Favorite: “A fun and easy way to teach kids about loyalty, trust, perseverance, patience and other important life values. A definite five-star children’s story.”
Book Three: Legend of the Forest Beast
Legend of the Forest Beast is the third book in the Sir Kaye series of adventure chapter books for kids. The beloved tutor Alchir has vanished! And a dangerous criminal with a grudge against Alchir has just escaped from prison. Kaye is determined to find the tutor and earn a fine reputation as a knight. The search leads Kaye, Reggie, and Beau to a sinister manor house at the edge of a dark forest where nearby villagers live in terror of a deadly monster. As they investigate the mystery of the forest beast, they uncover a terrible plot that could destroy Knox. When there’s no one to turn to for help, can they save the kingdom—and their lives—by themselves?
Mom’s Choice Award Gold
2016 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Silver
2016 Wishing Shelf Book Award Finalist
Praise for Legend of the Forest Beast
The Wishing Shelf Awards Book Review: “A cracking, fun-filled adventure. Highly recommended!”
IndieReader Review: “Legend of the Forest Beast captures colorful adventures, fun characters, and inspirational thoughts in a quick and easy read for children.”
The Eldridge Conspiracy
The Eldridge Conspiracy is the final book in the Sir Kaye series. Kaye’s father is in danger! Kaye and his friends Reggie and Beau enter Eldridge in search of the only man who can save Kaye’s father. During their journey, they encounter and make a powerful enemy of Baron Thomas—the self-proclaimed heir to the throne of Eldridge—who also has his sights set on ruling the country of Knox. Together, the boys dodge the baron’s henchmen and race against time to stop an assassination that would plunge the two kingdoms into war in this exciting conclusion to the series.
Mom’s Choice Award Gold
2017 Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Winner
Praise for The Eldridge Conspiracy
The Wishing Shelf Awards Book Review: “This set of books just gets better and better. Yes, it’s a non-stop adventure, packed full of nasty barons and battling knights. But it’s also a story which is strongly-themed and where the bond between the characters is highly prized.”
Hall Ways Blog: “The Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series makes the librarian in me want to gather a group of kids, put these books in their hands, and watch the magic happen…The Eldridge Conspiracy immediately draws in the reader with action, danger, and suspense, and it never lets up…it’s a perfect package for young and/or reluctant readers.”
Readers’ Favorite Review: “Books of adventure and challenge that still offer an emotional component are hard to come by for middle-grade readers—and even more so for middle-grade boys—yet Don M. Winn hits the mark dead center with The Eldridge Conspiracy.”
Mystery of the White Knight
Who is the White Knight?
He ruins fields so nothing can grow, burns down entire villages, and terrifies the people of Knox. People say it’s the new queen’s fault—that she’s a bad ruler. They want to take her throne away and give it to someone else. But she’s only been ruling for one month! When disaster strikes, can her nephew Beau save the throne for the queen and solve the mystery of the White Knight?
This is a short (44 pages) standalone chapter book featuring characters from the Sir Kaye the Boy Knight series. You do not need to have read the original series to enjoy this book.
Available as an eBook only from Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Amazon.ca, and Amazon.co.uk. Available as an audio book from Audible.com. This book is only available in soft cover print if you order directly from the author. Send inquiries using the Contact page.
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