The Inquisitor's Tale, Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

The Inquisitor's Tale, Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

eBook - 2016
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"A peasant girl and her holy greyhound, an oblate on a mission from his monastery, and a young Jewish boy travel across medieval France to escape persecution and save holy texts from being burned"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton Children's Books, [2016]
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catfingers
Oct 17, 2018

A wonderful story with good twists and an excellent narrative style.

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Zekdeck
Oct 17, 2018

Its a good book I would suggest it.

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drewmama03
Oct 17, 2018

its a good book. do the read. CHEESE! the people are pretty good. the doggo is pretty good. cheese. i liked the cheese. and the story.

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KRShrader
Oct 17, 2018

I read this for a book club, and ended up reading it again. And again. And again.

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atlas24
Oct 17, 2018

i thought the story was very good and kept me reading until the end. the characters were very well thought out, and i recommend this book to anyone over 10

SPPL_Anna Mar 24, 2018

The story is by turns beautiful, funny, and scary, and I love the illuminated pages.

DPLchandra Mar 07, 2018

Intriguing and complex story about three children in 13th Century France. Beautifully written from multiple viewpoints, this is a story that will make you laugh, cry and most importantly, think.

MissLacie Apr 04, 2017

An amazing tale, told from multiple viewpoints, about 3 unlikely heroes and their ghostly dog.

JCLChrisK Feb 16, 2017

A table at an inn in Medieval France, its revolving occupants swapping stories over ale. The inn is packed. Butchers and brewers, peasants and priests, knights and nobodies. The stories are about three children and their dog. More specifically, the past week in the lives of those three children and their dog. Stories shared by the various people who have had encounters with them during that week, seen them perform miraculous feats, experience tragedies, meet each other, travel to places they never imagined, meet people they never imagined, and become first guests of then hunted enemies of the king.

"I have seen many a strange thing. Strange beasts. Strange sights. Strange men. But never have I seen anything so strange as what I saw when I met these children you're asking about."

Collecting the tales about the children is the unifying narrator who seeks to quietly learn the truth about them, the titular inquisitor. Each tale is entertaining, suspenseful, sometimes shocking, and often humorous. Woven together, they create a larger narrative picture that is even more tense, dramatic, and gripping. The children are equal parts tangible, sympathetic, flawed, convicted, and heroic. The tellers each have distinct personalities whose storytelling voices reveal as much about them as they do the children. The whole of it becomes a compelling examination of society, past and present. Intertwined with knights groping through dung heaps and dragons with combustible farts are meditations on theology, race relations, class distinctions, religious condemnation, art, literature, compassion, and more. The culture of the High Middle Ages is vividly portrayed--feeling both foreign and pertinent at the same time--through the magical, perilous adventures of these children and those who know them.

This is a unique, engaging, moving, and meaningful book.

"Zealots kill, and the victims retaliate with killing, and the cycle continues, extending forward and backward in history, apparently without end. I can think of nothing sane to say about this except this book."

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darladoodles
Feb 16, 2017

This was a tale with many twists and turns and I really liked it. It is loosely based on the style of the Canterbury Tales so most of the chapters of the book are the tales being told to the narrator of the book at an inn in France. I didn't really think too hard about why the guy was listening to all these accounts about the children and then he reveals who he is . . .

The book is full of action some humorous moments mixed in. Kids will enjoy it as a readaloud -- so many cliffhangers.

The author's notes at the end actually raised my opinion of the book even more. The book was thoroughly researched and it was really helpful to see the background on the plot elements.

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drewmama03
Oct 17, 2018

drewmama03 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 1

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ningdu
Sep 28, 2016

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