What I’m Reading

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.

the inquisitors tale



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