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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


Average Rating: (24 Ratings)

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

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!

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!!!!

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!

Submitted 12/3/2018 by Wespy123

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 Netta 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.

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!


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

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

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 Widwitz

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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