- Available in: ebook and paperback
- Published: October 5, 2015
The future looks bleak unless eighteen-year-old Lance and his New Camelot Earth Warriors can save the planet from catastrophic climate change.
Spurred by twelve year-olds Billy, Enya, Itzamna, and his ten-year-old brother, Chris, Lance creates a branch of Earth Warriors, a youth-led movement designed to save the earth from its greatest enemy – greed.
His involvement leads to Earth Warrior crews springing up all across America. Millions of kids leap into action, paralyzing the country and alarming the rich and powerful.
Having adopted his father’s philosophy of doing what’s right, rather than what’s easy, Lance makes serious enemies when he calls out New Camelot donors who represent fossil fuel or other polluting industries, and then barely escapes a series of “accidents” designed to kill him.
When he challenges the United States Congress to step up and act immediately on the climate crisis, the attacks on him escalate. With the majority of America’s kids on his side, Lance and his young Earth Warriors prepare for the United Nations Conference of the Parties in Paris, where they will call upon world leaders to stop talking about sustainability and start acting on it.
But whoever wants him dead isn’t giving up. Will Lance and his crew live long enough to even get to Paris?
Warrior Kids is a standalone tale set within the Children of the Knight universe.
Finalist in the 2015 Wishing Shelf Book Awards
Honorable Mention in 2015 The New England Book Festival
Honorable Mention in the 2015 London Book Festival
“With all the action and personable characters readers can expect from a young adult novel, this is a story with a serious, pertinent moral. That being said, the book avoids coming off as overly preachy but rather persuasive instead. Beyond the message of the book, there’s still an entertaining, thrilling story that shifts from upbeat and hopeful to dangerous and worrisome in a heartbeat. With friendly, bantering dialogue, danger around every corner, and a dream of a world where everyone works together, this is a story that best suits middle and high school students, but carries a message that everyone can appreciate.”
– U.S. Review of Books
“I would encourage parents to get their children this novel.”
– Readers’ Favorite
“…a refreshingly different world that poses many questions about ethics, morality, and human interactions with the planet; all presented under the unusual focus on ‘kid power’ and the ability of individuals and grassroots communities to change the world.”
– Midwest Book Reviews
“Michael J. Bowler blends whimsical fantasy with modern dilemmas. Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot boldly takes the stance that “all life is sacred.” This powerful message is expressed to Bowler’s readers in a way that can truly reach their hearts and minds by using a voice that teens can more easily relate to. Bowler eloquently writes about the beauty, strength, intelligence and power of those often tossed by the way side and looked upon as useless misfits.”
– Red City Reviews
“This entertaining novel has an ensemble cast of young characters working together to make a difference and will undoubtedly engage most middle-grade audiences…this book provides important messages about climate change and making a difference in the world.”
– The Book Breeze