New York Times Bestseller New York Times Editor's Choice People Magazine Kid Pick New York Times Notable Children's Book of 2016 Washington Post Best Book of 2016 School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
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A profound and ambitious tour de force. Gidwitz is a masterful storyteller. Matt de la Pena, Newbery Medalist andNew York Timesbestselling 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.
JoinWilliam, 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 ofThe 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 Taleis bold storytelling that s richly researched and adventure-packed.
"Puckish, learned, serendipitous . . . Sparkling medieval adventure." Wall Street Journal
"Gidwitz strikes literary gold with this mirthful and compulsively readable adventure story. . . .A masterpiece of storytelling that is addictive and engrossing." Kirkus, starred review
"Awell-researched andrambunctiously entertainingstory that has as much to say about the present as it does the past." Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Gidwitz proves himself a nimble storyteller as he weaves history, excitement, and multiple narrative threads intoa taut, inspired adventure." Booklist, starred review
"Scatological humor, serious matter, colloquial present-day language, the ideal of diversity and mutual understanding this has it all." The Horn Book, starred review
"I have never read a book like this. It s weird, and unfamiliar, and religious, and irreligious, andmore fun than it has any right to be. . . .Gidwitz is on firehere, making medieval history feel fresh and current." School Library Journal, starred review"
- ISBN-13: 9780525426165
- ISBN-10: 0525426167
- Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
- Publish Date: September 2016
- Page Count: 384
- Reading Level: Ages 10-UP
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-07-11
- Reviewer: Staff
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. (Sept.)