The Inquisitor's Tale
Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy DogeBook - 2016
Winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award
An exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm . Beautifully illustrated throughout!
The Inquisitor's Tale is one of the most celebrated children's books of the year! ★ New York Times Bestseller ★ A New York Times Editor's Choice ★ A New York Times Notable Children's Book ★ A People Magazine Kid Pick ★ A Washington Post Best Children's Book ★ A Wall Street Journal Best Children's Book ★ An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book ★ A Booklist Best Book ★ A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book ★ A Kirkus Reviews Best Book ★ A Publishers Weekly Best Book ★ A School Library Journal Best Book ★ An ALA Notable Children's Book
"A profound and ambitious tour de force. Gidwitz is a masterful storyteller." --Matt de la Pe#65533;a, Newbery Medalist and New York Times bestselling author
"What Gidwitz accomplishes here is staggering." -- New York Times Book Review
Includes a detailed historical note and bibliography
1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.
Join William, an oblate on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a Jewish boy who has fled his burning villa≥ and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales , our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.
Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout by illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adam's trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor's Tale is bold storytelling that's richly researched and adventure-packed.
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This story is told by several different narrators, all who have heard about a group of magical children. The group of three includes William who is from a monastery, Jacob a Jewish boy, and Jeanne a girl who has visions of the future. They are joined by Jeanne’s dog Gwenforte who has recently been raised from the dead. The children are making their way through France and have many adventures, some scarier than others. While traveling the children meet the King of France. At first he enjoys meeting this magical group of children but then he realizes that they don’t have the same religious beliefs as him. In fact the children are trying to save the books of the Jewish people, these are the same books that the King has ordered to be burned. When the King learns that the children are planning something to save the books, he orders his army to capture them. They escape from the castle and lead them all on a chase around France. This is a fun and exciting tale based on legends and bits of history from the Middle Ages.
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