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The Inquisitor's Tale

By: Adam Gidwitz

Historical Fiction

The king of France has declared war against Jeanne, Jacob, William, and Gwenforte. Who will win: the king or three kids and their dog?

A 2017 Newbery Honor Book

Ages: 10+

384 pages

Dutton

Average Rating: (53 Ratings)

Graphic Violence!!!
Submitted 5/20/2019 by PrincessCurlyGirl

The story line is likable but I haven't been able to finish the book because of the graphic violent scene in the woods. There really should have been some sort of warning with this book that this scene existed. Some readers are sensitive to these things.

Good, but I wish it was in the children's perspective.
Submitted 5/8/2019 by PrincessBookworm

You should get this book, but it would be better if told in the children's perspective.

best book on pj our way!
Submitted 5/8/2019 by QuantumKid

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Favorite pj book so far
Submitted 5/3/2019 by jewricans

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Have to recommend so good

Awesome!!
Submitted 5/3/2019 by Lula

I loved this book!

This is an awesome book!!!

My most favorite book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 5/1/2019 by tigershark

I loved this book!

The Inquisitors Tale is my most favorite book ever because it shows the story in many different perspectives & just has the greatest plot ever!!! It's also set in Medieval times which makes it even better. The last thing is that there are bad kings & queens too.

Best book in the world!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 4/9/2019 by BookReaderSEA

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

So many adventures, amazing, and it was the best type of all of the books I have read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (i’ve read A lot of books)

Its one of the best stories I have ever read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 4/8/2019 by BearPudding

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

i love the style
Submitted 4/2/2019 by MagicFamily

I would read more books by this author.

i recommend this book to anyone who can read.

This book was full of magic, mystery, and suspense.
Submitted 3/5/2019 by MiaGrace

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This was a great book, but watch out for the surprise ending.

Submitted 3/4/2019 by FreeTime

I loved this book!

This book was weird
Submitted 3/4/2019 by ChickenWhisperer

This book was too weird for me. It was too creepy. Not my favorite book. Plus, it didn't have a lot of Jewish content in it.

Loved it so much!
Submitted 3/4/2019 by GlitterBow

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

This book is awesome. It’s really given me an amazing experience. I feel like people of all ages will enjoy this book. I personally do love this author.

Misleading Title
Submitted 3/3/2019 by lolay

This book was just OK

This book made me think more about friendship.

When I first saw this book I thought it was one of those books you see at the library which are thicker than if you put both your wrists together. only after receiving this book did I notice in the description ''384 pages'' I love VERY long books but this book was about as long as most middle-school books. After reading this book I was not only disappointed about the length, but I was SO bored with this book before finishing chapter one! But I forced my self to finish this book after reading it I was no more impressed than when I started, nothing about this book grasped my attention. About the title, usually, a title like this is very Very VERY long.

SO SO SO SO SO SO SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 3/2/2019 by SMS

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I LOVED THIS BOOK!! I would recommend this book to anyone! Its such an amazing book and I would LOVE to read the Grimm series. Its all about 3 kids named Jeanne, William, Jacob and Jeanne's dog Gwenforte . There trying to save all the Jewish books but the king (of France) wants to burn them. So they have a war.

GREAT BOOK!
Submitted 3/1/2019 by Jew4Yeshua

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I READ THIS BOOK 2 OR 3 TIMES SINCE I HAVE GOTTEN IT..... LOVE IT!

Best book ever!
Submitted 3/1/2019 by Elmo

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved the writing style. It put you IN the story as you read. Adventure and anticipation. Would read every book from this author. Please add the rest of his books to PJ Library! He needs to write more books like this.

One of the best books
Submitted 2/8/2019 by jewricans

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

This is one of the best books i have ever read. It makes you think about racism and religion and best friendships. I loved it so much.

😊
Submitted 2/6/2019 by DancingAndReading

I loved this book!

It was super interesting! I even read it (or attempted to) while some people were over briefly! ( I still talked to them though ) 😄

incredible!!!
Submitted 2/6/2019 by Phillydog

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

i loved how the story was told by people at a inn, and i love how i would lay on my bed reading and laughing at the same time recommend this book to everyone who loves a daring fun story!

Okay.
Submitted 2/5/2019 by alimay2

I am just reading it right now, but it is very good.
Submitted 2/4/2019 by Millipedee

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

Great book! However, where's the Jewish part? Do not see a very strong connection between this book and Jewish culture/ learning. Awesome book though!

One of my favorite books!
Submitted 2/4/2019 by Starbuck

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

The book was difficult to read and understand in the beginning, but it got more and more interesting. I would definitely recommend this book, although it has boring and dry parts. Other than that, it's amazing!

READ IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Submitted 2/4/2019 by LOVEMYHOTDOG

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about the importance of family.

I loved it ! This story is about three kids named Jacob , Jeanne and William and a dog named Gweneforte . They fight the french king .

REALLY COOL!!!!!
Submitted 2/2/2019 by writer33

I would read more books by this author.

It was really funny and all the adventures in it were really exciting. It's amazing how much can be told through stories.
- Sarah

Amazing
Submitted 2/2/2019 by RafiNinja

I loved this book!

Great Book. It has never stopped action, from start to finish. I liked every single part of the book.

LOVED THIS BOOK! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS!
Submitted 2/2/2019 by PrincessBookworm

I loved this book!

Submitted 1/4/2019 by penguin27

I would read more books by this author.

This book made me think more about friendship.

I love the book the author made a visit to my school!!!!!

Second Best Book I've Ever Read!
Submitted 1/3/2019 by climb123

Thumbs up!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book was really good and you should also read A Tale Dark and Grimm.

Good book but not my favorite
Submitted 12/10/2018 by CUReader

I liked this book.

This book has a lot of fantasy, magic, and adventure. If you like those things you will probably like it. But it is kind of long and boring.

Submitted 12/9/2018 by spongebobcool

Thumbs up!

This book won the Mock Newbery at my school!

This book is great!
Submitted 12/9/2018 by IrishGirl

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

In this book, 3 kids and their dog are at war with the KING OF FRANCE! It all starts with a man asking a question about the children, whose names are Jeanne, Jacob, and William. Read this book to find out more! You have to read this book!!!!!!!

I could not put down this book
Submitted 12/6/2018 by Singeranddancer

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved this book so much i do not have the words for it

AMAZING!!!!!
Submitted 12/6/2018 by TurtleSwimmer

This book was awesome! It was funny and had tons of adventure! I would recommend this book to anyone!

I loved this book!
Submitted 12/6/2018 by dancingrose

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about being Jewish.

This book was exceptional and I’m a pretty picky reader. The characters are supernatural but in a way easy to relate to. They make you look at your life and realize how lucky you are. This book made me leap for joy, cry in mourning, and burn with anger and injustice. You should definitely get this book!

TOTALLY AMAZING BOOK
Submitted 12/5/2018 by cheburashka

I loved this book!

I have read other books by adam gidwitz and he is the best! (loved the grimm series!) everyone should read this book!!!!

AMAZING
Submitted 12/4/2018 by purplebear

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

the only word to describe this book is AMAZING. it was funny, sad, exciting and action-filled. GET THIS BOOK!

Awesome
Submitted 12/3/2018 by Gamecontroller

I loved this book!

This book taught me more about Israel.

Awesome, this book is the best

My New Favorite Book!
Submitted 12/3/2018 by campkid

I loved this book!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I loved the Inquisitor's Tale. It is my new favorite book. It was exciting, and heart-warming at the same time. After I read it, I made my parents read it too - and they also loved it! ;)

Funny, violent, exciting, and sad!
Submitted 12/3/2018 by NationalDesignTeam

Funny, violent, exciting, and sad!
- Cayla, National Design Team

The illustrations look so cool!
- Levi, Cayla's brother

This book was really cool and filled with adventure.
Submitted 12/3/2018 by Shaiya

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

The Inquisitors Tale is a book full of surprises and stories. It is written in a really interesting format- there are many different people at a bar, telling stories about three kids and a dog.

This book is one of the best books ever!
Submitted 12/3/2018 by lanmei

I loved this book!

This book was so interesting, and the story had so many twists and turns. If I had the time I would read it again and again and again…

Submitted 12/2/2018 by SuperShmee

4 1/2 really. it was really, really good
Submitted 12/2/2018 by kungfu

Thumbs up!

I really liked the book, I think that it's a good thing to read.

Awesome
Submitted 12/2/2018 by readingbadger

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

I brought this book to summer camp and immediately fell in love with it. It was fun, it was funny, it was immersive, and i read it twice in a span of 4 weeks. Really good book

All-Around Great Book!
Submitted 12/2/2018 by TwoOfAKindFamily

I loved this book!

I learned more about Jewish history from this book.

This book is super-good to read on your own, with parents, or in school. This book has something for everyone, with a mix of adventure, comedy, history, mystery, and dragons with deadly farts.

(Mom adds: This book takes The Canterbury Tales and turns it upside down; I loved reading it aloud with my kid!)

Submitted 12/2/2018 by Tribefan

Thumbs up!

Amazing!!!!!

Surprisingly cool book
Submitted 12/2/2018 by 10232008

I liked this book.

This book was very boring, but it’s also good.

Great book
Submitted 12/2/2018 by lilyroseplume

I loved this book

awesome!!!!!!!
Submitted 12/2/2018 by IsraeliFlag

I loved this book!

it was very interesting and suspenseful . you should totally read this.

Gidwitz brilliantly combines history and legend
Submitted 12/2/2018 by oldworld

I loved this book!

Adam Gidwitz, known for his darkly funny Grimm series, has written a more serious (though still hilarious) novel based on a real event. However in this version, four kid saints -- a poor girl, a jew, an african monk, and a dog -- race to try and stop it, inadvertently angering the king. The story is framed as the titular inquisitor asking mysterious strangers in an inn about the story. In one scene, the kids and the king meet a jewish moneylender, and the kids slowly realize that the king is prejudiced against all of them. Note: if you want COMPLETE historical accuracy, don't try to think about the farting dragon subplot. For everyone else, there's a farting dragon!!!

one of the best books ever
Submitted 12/2/2018 by woods

This book has to be one of the best books I have ever read

OK
Submitted 12/1/2018 by agent307

Thumbs up!

This book made me think more about friendship.

My vote goes to the dog! (Sorry dude)

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Adam Gidwitz
Author of The Inquisitor's Tale


Adam Gidwitz spent six years researching this story, including a year in France. He read many, many books and articles, visited museums and old monasteries, and spoke with medieval history professors. He even waded into the quicksand at Mont Saint-Michel, just like Queen Blanche!

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