The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
Grades 5 & up
Set in France in 1242 and told in the style of Medieval travel tales, The Inquisitor’s Tale follows three children who are either heretics or saints, depending on how one views their accomplishments. Jeanne, a peasant girl, has “fits” and sees visions of the future. William, son of an African mother and French crusader father, is both exceptionally bright as well as big and strong. Jacob, a Jewish boy, can heal with plants and prayers. Along with the saintly dog Gwenforte, these three children travel across France. At first they are running for their lives, later on they are trying to save the wisdom of the ages. This brilliant story is both action-packed and introspective, making readers consider their lives and biases today through the lens of the Middle Ages. Highly recommended for grades 5 and up. It includes an excellent Author’s Note as well, explaining which bits are actual history.
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