October 25, 2016 • Cee • Letters

Dear Adam Gidwitz & The Inquisitor’s Tale,

1242. On a dark night, travelers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin to tell stories of three children. Their adventures take them on a chase through France: they are taken captive by knights, sit alongside a king, and save the land from a farting dragon. On the run to escape prejudice and persecution and save precious and holy texts from being burned, their quest drives them forward to a final showdown at Mont Saint-Michel, where all will come to question if these children can perform the miracles of saints.

Join 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. Told in multiple voices, in a style reminiscent of The Canterbury Tales, our narrator collects their stories and the saga of these three unlikely allies begins to come together.

Beloved bestselling author Adam Gidwitz makes his long awaited return with his first new world since his hilarious and critically acclaimed Grimm series. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout by illustrator Hatem Aly and filled with Adam’s trademark style and humor, The Inquisitor’s Tale is bold storytelling that’s richly researched and adventure-packed.Goodreads

I don’t know about you, but The Inquisitor’s Tale had me at The Canterbury Tales. I can’t say The Canterbury Tales is my favorite classic literature, but I love reading adaptations, even loosely based ones. I like comparing and contrasting the adaptations to see how it was inspired by the original story.

In The Inquisitor’s Tale, travelers (much like the pilgrims in The Canterbury Tales) get together and tell their stories, specially about three children—an oblate (someone who is affiliated with a monastic community), a Jewish boy, and a peasant girl with prophetic visions. These three children are on their own adventure that are told and framed by the travelers/narrators. I can already tell there will be a lot of friendship, and that has me cheering in joy! I’m excited for the stories, specifically to see what these children face; the humor; the illustrations; the actual storytelling; and the layers that I will uncover as I read. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this book, so I need to read this soon!

Good news is that I don’t have to wait for this book! It’s already out!




One Response to “SINCERELY, CEE • A letter from yours truly to The Inquisitor’s Tale & Adam Gidwitz”

  1. Chloe says:

    I’ve never read The Canterbury Tales, but I love the idea of people telling stories. What kinds of adventures will these children get into? I’m excited!

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