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The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Poignant, funny medieval tale skewers ignorance, bigotry.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

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age 10+

Enjoyable but misleading read

This book is nicely written and enjoyable to read. However, the interesting story and endearing characters are inextricable from a pointed agenda and ideological worldview. I would only allow my child to read this book if I was prepared to spend quite a bit of time discussing our family's beliefs about the relationship between Christianity and Judaism, and the history of persecution in a clear way, in order to dispel the confusion and emotionalism generated by the text.

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Master storyteller Adam Gidwitz outdoes himself in this poignant, funny story of three tweens and a saintly greyhound, all with unusual powers, trying to avoid their persecutors in medieval France. The characters in The Inquisitor's Tale are irresistible. Their adventures and the people they meet bring thrills and thought-provoking questions. In the tradition of medieval manuscripts, illustrator Hatem Aly's page embellishments provide a running commentary on the events in the text.

Offering much insight into daily life and burning issues during one of Europe's most complex, exciting periods, The Inquisitor's Tale is a real gem -- and one adults as well as kids won't want to miss.

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