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The Inquisitor's Tale

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The Inquisitor's Tale

Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
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A 2017 Newbery Honor Book
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 Peña, 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 village; 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.
A 2017 Newbery Honor Book
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 Peña, 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 village; 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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    The king is ready for war.

    Louis of France is not yet thirty, and already he is the greatest king in Europe. He loves his subjects. He loves God. And his armies have never been defeated.

    This war, though, is different.

    He is not fighting another army.

    He is not fighting another king.

    He is fighting three children. And their dog.

    A week ago, Louis hadn't heard of these three children. No one had. But now they are the most famous children in France. And the most wanted.

    How did this happen?

    That's what I'm wondering.

    It's why I'm at the Holy Cross-Roads Inn, a day's walk north of Paris. It's early March, in the year of our Lord 1242. Outside, the sky is dark and getting darker. The wind is throwing the branches of an oak against the walls of the inn. The shutters are closed tight, to keep the dark out.

    It's the perfect night for a story.

    The inn is packed. Butchers and brewers, peasants and priests, knights and nobodies. Everyone's here to see the king march by. Who knows? Maybe we'll see the children, too. And that dog of theirs. I would really like to see that dog.

    I'm sitting on a wobbly stool at a rough, wooden table. It's sticky with spilled ale.

    "So!" I say, rubbing my hands together. "Does anyone know anything about these kids? The wanted ones? With the dog?"

    The table practically erupts.

    They're all trying to tell me at once.

    Beside me is a woman with thick arms, brown hair, and brown teeth. Her name is Marie, and she's a brewster, a beer maker. I ask her where she's from. She tells me she's from the town of Saint-Geneviève.

    "That's where the girl is from!" I say. "Did you know her? Before she became famous?"

    "Know her?" Marie says, indignant. "I practically raised her! Well, I didn't raise her, but I know her real well."

    She smiles with her brown teeth at me. I smile back.

    "Okay," I say. "Let's hear about her, then."

    And so Marie tells us all about the most famous girl in France.

    The one the king has declared war on.

    CHAPTER ONE

    Jeanne's story starts when she was a baby.

    Her mother and father were regular peasants. Spent all day in the fields, just like most of the folks in our town. But there was one thing that made them special. They had this dog. A beautiful dog. A white greyhound, with a copper blaze down its nose. They called her Gwenforte—which is a ridiculous name for a dog, if you ask me. But they never did ask me, so that's what they called her.

    They loved Gwenforte. And they trusted her.

    And so one day they went off to the fields to work, and they left baby Jeanne with Gwenforte.

    "What?" I interrupt. "They used a dog as a babysitter?"

    "Well . . . Yes. I suppose they did."

    "Is that normal? For peasants? To use dogs as babysitters?"

    "No. I suppose it ain't. But she was a real good dog."

    "Oh. That explains it."

    You gotta understand: Gwenforte loved that little girl so much, and was so protective of her, that nobody worried about it.

    But maybe we should have.

    For as Jeanne's folks were out in the fields, work­ing in the hot sun, a snake slithered into their house. It was an adder, with beady eyes and black triangles down its back. The day was hot, as I said, but the house was cool and dark because the walls in our houses are thick, made of mud and straw, and the only window is the...

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from July 11, 2016
    In 1242 France, weary travelers at an inn trade stories about three miraculous children and their dog, Gwenforte, who has returned from the dead. The children—Jeanne, a peasant girl who has visions of the future; William, an oblate of partial African heritage with uncanny strength; and Jacob, a Jewish boy with the power to heal the sick and injured—are the subject of much rumor and debate. Are they saints, frauds, or in league with the devil? Gidwitz (the Grimm trilogy) continues to toy with narrative in a well-researched and rambunctiously entertaining story that has as much to say about the present as it does the past. Evoking the oral storytelling traditions of the time, multiple characters including a nun, troubadour, and brewer alternately describe their encounters with the children to produce the whole story. Amid mugs upon mugs of ale, the tale that comes into focus is one of religious persecution and faith, friendships that transcend difference, and a dangerously flatulent dragon—Gidwitz continues to have no problem mixing high and low. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 10–up. Author’s agent: Sarah Burnes, Gernert Company.

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