The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog By Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly
Do you–and the young readers in your life–like adventure? Enjoy the Middle Ages for a setting? Love beautiful illustrations? Like to keep up with award-winning children’s books? If the answer is yes, we have a recommendation for you! Prepare for a fascinating tale of 3 children, set in the year 1242. Not only are they held captive by knights, they travel across France, work with a king, and even save the land from a farting dragon! The trio of heros are three children: 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. The dog of the title is Jeanne’s loyal greyhound Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead. We love the way the story is told in multiple voices, a bit like The Canterbury Tales. There is plenty of action, humor, rich fantasy, and complex themes for the whole family. A terrific read-aloud as well as a sure-fire hit for all.