Cammuso, F. (2008). Knights of the lunch table: The dodgeball chronicles. New York: Scholastic, Inc.
New to Camelot Middle School, all Artie wants to do is blend in, but instead he angers Principal Dagger, makes trouble with the school's biggest bullies, and opens a locker that no one else can open, all on the first day of school. The names are familiar Arthur, Morgan, Gwendolyn, Percival, even Merlyn, but the story of King Arthur has taken a twist in this graphic novel (comic book style). Artie and his friends must beat the group of bullies known as "The Horde" at their best game, dodgeball, or be suspended from school and lose their favorite teacher, Mr. Merlyn. What are Artie and his buddies going to do?
I thought reading a graphic novel would be difficult, but this flows easily and the pictures really enhance this fun twist on a tale of Camelot and King Arthur. The protagonists are likable and the antagonists are detestable! Instead of the sword, Excalibur, their is #001-XCL, a mysterious locker that no one in the whole school can open. Principal Dagger gives it to Artie thinking to cause him trouble, but its mysteries work for Artie not against him. I really enjoyed this comic book style novel and found myself wanting to read the second book in the series!