The Inquisitor’s Tale Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz
Illuminated by Hatem Aly
Published by Dutton Children’s Books, 2016
The Inquisitor’s Tale won a Newbery Honor Medal in 2017. It was not a book I couldn’t put down. Why didn’t I love this book? It had many good reasons for me to enjoy it:
- the setting: medieval France in 1262
- many authentic people, events, and places (even ones I’d been to, like Mont St. Michel)
- a saintly dog
- three smart children
- fabulous illuminations in the margins
- magic and miracles
So I’ve been pondering why The Inquisitor’s Tale didn’t grab me. The best explanation I’ve come up with is that I didn’t care enough about the main characters or love them.
So maybe you’ll read the book and tell me how you like it.