Caudill Book of the Week!
2019 Caudill Nominees!
Have you read any of the 2019 Caudill Books?
20 books are nominated every year for the Caudill Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.
Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!
Title: The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
Author: Adam Gidwitz
Lexile Level: 620L
Pages: 352 pages
Summary: It’s the year 1242, and eleven-year-old Jeanne and her miraculously resurrected dog Gwenforte are fleeing those who accuse her of witchcraft because she has “fits” during which she can see the future. Jeanne meets William, half French and half Saracen, a giant of a student monk who combines a love of learning with Incredible Hulk-level strength. They are joined by Jacob, a Jewish boy who has lost his parents during the burning of their village. Jacob can cure the sick and injured by means of his knowledge of plants. The children are given a quest, which results in their being pursued by the authorities for heresy. Will they fulfill their quest? Will they escape with their lives? Told from the perspectives of various travelers who have encountered them, the children’s tale is an exciting, scary, funny medieval adventure that keeps us guessing until its very satisfying end.
Recommendation: The latest offering from the author of the Tale Dark and Grimm trilogy, this 2017 Newbery Honor Book and winner of the Sydney Taylor Book Award has appeared on many best-of lists and garnered superlative reviews. Its narrative structure is clever, its characters are vivid and memorable, and its plot is ingenious. Add a story that combines history, legend, imagination and humor, and a message of tolerance that is particularly resonant today, and The Inquisitor’s Tale is a tour de force in both form and theme. The book includes an extensive author’s note and an annotated bibliography for readers eager to learn more about the world of the novel. This book is a page-turner that combines action, complex characters, comedy and a deeply humanistic message. It deserves a wide readership.
Reviewed by: Mary D.
Click Here for a List of all 20 Caudill Nominees
Created by Jen Trotta on
May 30th, 2018 @ 6:12 PM.
Updated on Oct 18th, 2018 @ 3:42 PM.