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The Inquisitor's Tale: or three magical children and their holy dog by Adam Gidwitz. 360 p. Dutton Children's Books/ Penguin Young Readers Group, September 27, 2016. 9780525426165.
Publisher synopsis: 1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of 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. They are accompanied by Jeanne's loyal greyhound, Gwenforte . . . recently brought back from the dead.
First Line: The king is ready for war.
Page 56: Silence settles over the table. I say, "That did not happen."
The little nun shrugs. "Indeed it did."
"He beat them to death with a donkey's leg?"
"That's the craziest thing I ever heard," Marie puts in.
I try to sound nonchalant when I turn to the old monk. "Jerome, you're a man of God. Do you consider what William did-a miracle?"
I had the privilege of hearing Mr. Gidwitz speak about this book twice and am very excited to read it. It has already received a ton of starred reviews. Here's a link to a book trailer.