The Lost Castle Treasure

Sir Kaye the Boy Knight Book 2:

Children - General
184 Pages
Reviewed on 03/16/2015
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Author Biography

Don M. Winn is a multiple award-winning children’s author of eleven picture books and four children's novels. His Sir Kaye the Boy Knight® series of novels for independent readers include The Knighting of Sir Kaye, The Lost Castle Treasure, Legend of the Forest Beast, and The Eldridge Conspiracy.

Don's picture books include: The Higgledy-Piggledy Pigeon; Superhero; Twitch the Squirrel and the Forbidden Bridge; Shelby the Cat; Space Cop Zack, Protector of the Galaxy; and many others.

Don has been writing for over 20 years. After beginning with poetry, Winn moved on to writing children’s picture books. Almost immediately, his growing young readers begged for chapter books, which led to the creation of the Sir Kaye series. As a dyslexic himself, who well knows the challenge of learning to love to read, Winn's goal is to write books that are so engaging they will entice even the most reluctant or struggling reader. Don's articles on dyslexia have been featured in TODAY Parenting, the Costco Connection Magazine, MD Monthly, Latin Times, and many others. Winn lives in Round Rock, Texas.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

In The Lost Castle Treasure, Book One by Don M. Winn, young Kaye finally got his wish, and he earned his place in the Knights. However, in earning his place he also earned enemies. Now in Sir Kaye the Boy Knight: Book 2, he was back at the castle, ready to serve the queen, but those enemies would not let him serve in peace. The country was in trouble, they were unable to meet their financial obligations to the neighbouring country, and this was threatening their peace. The late king, before his passing, emptied the treasury and hid all the treasure to protect it. Now the treasure was needed but was nowhere to be found. But the king had left behind a clue and Kaye was determined to use it and find the treasure, even if all other knights had tried and failed. With his two accomplices, the treasure hunt began, but a lot stood in the way, and time was running out.

The Lost Castle Treasure - Sir Kaye the Boy Knight: Book 2 continues with the thrilling adventure of Kaye and his friends and again Don M. Winn delivers a thrilling tale for children that is guaranteed to take them on a one of a kind adventure - a treasure hunt, spooks, clues and secret passages. There is something about the way Don M. Winn starts his stories that gets you hooked right away. The setting, tone and writing style are all just perfect for young minds and the incredible illustrations bring more depth to the story and make it more vivid. The Lost Castle Treasure is a fun and easy way to teach kids about loyalty, trust, perseverance, patience and other important life values. It is a definite five-star children's story and I can't wait to see what awaits the reader in Book 3.

Jack Magnus

The Lost Castle Treasure is Book 2 of Sir Kaye the Boy Knight, Don M. Winn's epic fantasy series for children and preteens. Kaye and his friend, Reggie, have come to stay in Knox Castle. They'll be living there with the widowed queen and her nephew, Beau. Reggie loves the castle and thinks it's a big improvement over hearing about his father's plans for getting him into the wool business, but he's not terribly keen on the idea of being tutored each day with Kaye and Beau. Reggie loves stories and looking at the pictures in books, but he's never been able to read or write. The queen has had some alarming news about an old agreement between Knox and its neighboring country, Eldridge. Until now, Knox was making small payments as a settlement to Eldridge, but that country now wants the entire amount still owed and has threatened war if this doesn't happen. Kaye decides that he'll save the day by finding the rumored treasure that's been hidden in the castle -- but they don't have very much time.

Don M. Winn's epic fantasy for children and preteens, The Lost Castle Treasure: Sir Kaye the Boy Knight, Book 2, is exciting and filled with adventure. Dave Allred's illustrations work perfectly with the story and gave me a good frame of reference for the people in the story and Castle Knox. While Kaye is the titled hero, my personal favorite is the self-effacing and clever Reggie, whose loyalty and willingness to confront frightening situations is exceeded only by his appetite. The Lost Castle Treasure contains maps, clues and a castle filled with sliding panels, hidden rooms and even a spook who leaves candy. While it is the second part of a series, I found the author gave more than enough background to allow me to enjoy The Lost Castle Treasure as a stand-alone novel. It's great fun and highly recommended.

Mamta Madhavan

Sir Kaye the Boy Knight, Book 2: The Lost Castle Treasure by Don M. Winn is a fast paced adventure story that will take young readers for a spin with its hidden clues, lost treasure in the castle, secret passages and many other exciting happenings. Readers are taken on a roller coaster ride along with the triumphs and failures of Kaye, who goes in search of the hidden treasure with his friends Reggie and Beau so that he will not lose his knighthood forever. They also have to deal with the jealous knights who want to get rid of Kaye. The story, apart from its exciting moments, also throws light on the concepts of chivalry.

I found the book interesting with its medieval theme. The castle, the enchantment of the secret passages, and other twists in the plot keep readers glued to the story as Kaye, Reggie and Beau entertain with their humor. The author's descriptions are detailed and the imagery is wonderful, making the scenes aesthetically visual. The black and white sketches complement the story and give clarity and movement to the scenes. The mysterious sounds and the strange events add to the spooky element in the plot, giving it an edge as the story progresses. All the characters are sketched well and the sub plots have been woven into the main plot masterfully. The plot has all the ingredients to make it an exciting read for children: mystery, adventure, spookiness, intrigue, suspense and three interesting characters.