Jun 24, 2021
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Posted by Adam Gidwitz Hatem Aly

An exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm 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 thAn exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm 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.Bea

  • Title: The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
  • Author: Adam Gidwitz Hatem Aly
  • ISBN: 9780525426165
  • Page: 312
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Inquisitor s Tale Or the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog An exciting and hilarious medieval adventure from the bestselling author of A Tale Dark and Grimm On a dark night travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of


    God s hot this year To be fair, God has had some fairly strong supporters for quite some time So if I m going to clarify that statement a tad, God s hot in children s literature this year Even then, that sentence is pretty vague Here in America there are loads of Christian book publishers out there, systematically putting out title after title after title each and every year about God, to say nothing of publishers of other religions as well Their production hasn t increased hugely in 2016, so wh [...]


    This book asks to be read, not felt Every book should be felt, deserves to be felt A storyteller would be nothing without the ability to hold the heart of everyone in their clutches Telling a story is not enough, one must feel the story, writing, characters everything I was very captivated in the beginning The narration is original A couple of people are gathered together and they each tell a snippet of the three magical children s story, each completing the other s tale How original does that s [...]


    I finished this book last night teetering on the verge of tears Not because it s a sad ending, although there is sorrow, and not because it s a happy ending, although there s a lot to be glad about But because I LIVED with these children and their holy dog through 368 pages of fear and hardship and friendship and doubt and certainty and at times it was hard to tell whether or not things were going to turn out ok this is, after all, an author who feels free to kill and sometimes resurrect child c [...]


    To review We have a dog that s been resurrected, a peasant girl who sees the future, a supernaturally strong oblate, and a Jewish boy with the power of miraculous healing The children almost laughed in the silence that followed When you put it that way, it sounded rather insane.That pretty much sums it up three children and a dog go on a grand adventure in an attempt to stop a massive book burning I doubt there are few members who would not champion their cause Though not as funny as his Grimm s [...]

    Lesley Burnap

    Read the entire book in one day Could only keep turning the page One of my favorite books read Ever Too soon to call for a medal I may still be caught up in the heady afterglow of spending all day with Mr Gidwitz s book Please read it.

    Abby Johnson

    I loved this so hard that I didn t want it to end and that s high praise because finishing books and starting new ones is one of my very favorite things The format reads like the Canterbury Tales with different narrators at a medieval inn trading off and telling the story of three children who are on a mission and who may or may not be saints complete with miracles It s a diverse group of children Jeanne, a peasant girl who has visions of the future William, a half African student with super str [...]

    Josh Newhouse

    This is a tough book to review I personally loved it It flowed quickly, had great voice, characters and character Had a nice ending Made a few turns that even surprised me Had some great research behind it 5 stars for me And my fellow librarians and youth reviewersNow for students There s a good solid half I think kids will enjoy There s another quarter they will make it through However I am not sure what type of students will complete this entire book It is deep, at times satirical, at times wh [...]

    Gabrielle de Waal

    I have a lot of feelings about this book, and I m not sure how to make them mesh with one another It s so solidly a 3.5 star read for me that even as I write this review, I m not sure whether I ll end up rating it 3 stars or 4 What worked for me The three children are lovable, believable, and interesting I appreciated that they came to the situation with their own natural ingrained prejudices instead of being the too modern for their time characters that usually appear in historical fiction They [...]


    Okay Three children with magical powers going on an adventure with a dog Nothing special, to be honest They re definitely gonna end up saving the world or something heroic like that.Wrong.Rather than telling it s readers about predictable, overtold adventures, this book tells about religion, persecution, prejudice, and farting dragons Especially the last one.I really enjoyed reading Adam Gidwitz s The Inquisitor s Tale Not only because it was informative in a way , but also because it was so fu [...]


    I absolutely loved this book I like how the story is never told by the main characters themselves This book had a lot of action Adam Gidwitz made this story seem longer than it actually is.

    Book Riot Community

    I read this and am simultaneously listening to it on Audible with my daughter It is a perfectly delightful experience in both formats In print, I adored the lovely illuminations and marginalia On audio, the various actors give new layers to an already rich and complex story The story itself is so sweet and fun and just exactly what I wanted to read right now I loved it so much, and my daughter is loving it as well I m a medievalist so this really rang my bell to see a YA medieval fiction that ki [...]


    So thoroughly researched Absolutely love how many different tales were woven together And what a wonderful message of inclusion and respecting differences of others for today s kids.


    Based on the ARC A winsome tale full of humor and adventure that will leave readers asking serious questions about religion and the meaning of it all While most young readers will not understand the menace behind the inquisitor in the title, they will take the word at face value This is a tale told by asking questions I enjoyed how the story built upon itself in layers with several starts and stops and revisions It is as much a story about the telling of stories as it is the story itself It is a [...]


    This tale begins in 1242, an unlikely group of children Jeanne, William, and Jacob along with a Jeanne s greyhound, Gwenforte, find themselves traveling through France to Mont Saint Michel All three are gifted, and at times cursed, as saints The miracles they perform are often as seen as heresy While they run from the prejudice of their families and fellow villagers, the king sends knights after them so they can be prosecuted I had a bit of trouble with the telling of this story There were some [...]

    Sophie Brookover

    Probably the best book I ve read this year It s sort of a medieval Fellowship of the Ring where the group is three kids a girl two boys, one a Jewish healer and the other a very tall, strong biracial monk a miracle performing dog who find themselves on the run from the King of France due toblasphemy, pretty much It s a great adventure and a really moving meditation on humanity Seek it out, read it, share it with any kids in your life A solid read next for the fan of A Proud Taste for Scarlet Min [...]


    As some of you who follow the blog know, I study medieval literature, so I really, really wanted to like The Inquisitor s Tale The world simply needed a middle grade novel inspired by Saint Guinefort a greyhound who really did acquire his own cult during the Middle Ages Touches of Joan of Arc and other historical figures make this book right up my alley So I m sad to say I was bored through most of the book, and I really don t think I would have enjoyed it if I d read it as a child.Most of my pl [...]

    Mary Ann

    In a recent interview in The Horn Book, Adam Gidwitz talks about his teaching days as being filled with serious fun I love that concept Yes, kids love having fun, laughing, sharing silly or gross stories They also love to dig into serious topics and want us adults to ask for their opinions.Gidwitz has legions of fans for his exciting, engrossing retellings of Grimm s tales In his newest book, he tackles medieval life, religious intolerance and the power of deep loyal friendship all with a health [...]


    I wish had a Currently Listening button Borrow some of the narrative structure settings of Chaucer s Canterbury Tales, add some medieval fairy tale elements and an out of time Joan of Arc type girl, a Jewish boy, and a young African monk and a resurrected dog who form a band dodging pogroms, anti Semites, witch hunters and book burners toss in a tragicomic cameo from a deadly farting dragon and you get the gist of the Inquisitor s Tale There was bit too much religion for me and I like reading ab [...]


    I have no words I cannot adequately describe it Other than a Jewish boy, an oblate and a peasant girl And a greyhound I do not say this lightlybut I believe this book might have just given me my faith back In God In the universe In goodness In wisdom In what is right.

    Phil Jensen

    Hey Wanna read the greatest children s book passage from 2016 Here it is At last, Jacob said, Well, you can always come with me to Saint Denis William bellowed, Saint Denis My ass Jacob and Jeanne both blinked and stared at William What Where is my ass William shouted.Jacob started to giggle Say that again Where in God s name is my ass William bellowed, standing up What did you do with it Jeanne and Jacob were both giggling now Jeanne managed to say, What are you talking about My donkey Where is [...]

    Christopher Xia

    A great book that everyone should read The Inquisitor s Tale is a truly amazing story I especially liked the way the author told the story It was told by the characters inside the story which is really interesting One of the finest books that I have ever read, The Inquisitor s Tale will keep you reading until the end.


    Adam Gidwitz is the Christopher Moore of Middle Grade fiction Not the Moore of The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove or Bloodsucking Fiends, but the Moore of Lamb and Fool funny, irreverent, not above a good fart joke, and way intelligent than you would gather from a casual read The Inquisitor s Tale is maybe not as broadly humorous as his Grimm tales though it is certainly not lacking in humor nor is it as meta fictional though the narrator does inject himself into the story It is, instead, much [...]


    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 [...]


    4.5 stars I would love to know what a kid would think of this book The humor was definitely there, but it is geared to the age the book intends kids I laughed because I thought of how they would laugh I loved the story which is not easily predicted , the questions, how religion rubs shoulders with religion and how it addresses the reality that good and evil can so often be confusedd confusing Read it, even if you are not a fan of the Middle Ages, like me.Incidentally, the King Louis in this book [...]


    Spiritual, whimsical, thought provoking, imaginative, creative, masterful storytelling And while a juvenile fiction book, I think it transcends ages I d easily consider it for book club much to discuss.


    This was a delightful surprise of a historical novel set in Medieval France You ll laugh, you ll ponder, you may even cry You do not want to miss this 2016 release, readers Sharing my thoughts on the blog later this week


    My entry for The White Ravens 2017 list Part fantasy, part historical fiction, part superhero tale with generous dashes of humor this book unfolds much like The Canterbury Tales, through stories the Inquisitor teases out of individuals of diverse stations in life who are patronizing a countryside inn in Medieval France Their stories each contribute a piece to unlocking the mystery of why the King of France has declared war on three children and a dog Each child has a special something prophetic [...]

    Clara Biesel

    I loved this book It reminded me of Catherine, Called Birdy, but with a self referential, illuminated, joyful, frolicsome bliss If you are interested in a medieval tale well researched and beautifully executed containing mysterious tale telling nuns, farting dragons, a reverence for books, and a lot of cultures all coming together in friendship This is the book for you.


    Once again, I have fallen in love with a well researched historical fiction novel, then fallen even deeper in love after reading the author s note Anyone interested in the Middle Ages or religion could learn and learn and learn from this novel I feel like I ve just finished a riveting college level lecture course on 13th century France The illuminations Medieval illustrations are like eloquent margin doodles, the characters are all based on real figures, and I cannot express enough how much I ad [...]


    I am sorry so Mr Gidwitz I did not care for this book I got bored of it after William left the monastery There were a few times it got interesting hear and there, but there were many times I wanted to abandoned the book, but held on to the end because everybody and I mean everybody is loving this book Why two stars If I am going to abandon a book so many times, why did I not rate it one star I can appreciate the researched history, the rich vocabulary and the writing, but it took me so long to f [...]

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