The Inquisitor’s Tale

Or Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz

Jeanne, Gwenforte, William, and Jacob, are unlikely companions on a quest in thirteenth-century France. Adam Gidwitz weaves second-hand accounts in a style reminiscent of┬áChaucer’s Canterbury Tales.

The Inquisitor’s Tale is set in the days of the Crusades, when economic, racial, and religious tensions were prevalent. Our four heroes challenge their pre-conceived notions and find a common bond.

The theme of acceptance and sacrifice for a friend is laudable. This book offers parents an opportunity to discuss the role of the church and state as God intended as opposed to the relationship displayed in history. I recommend it for middle school readers.