From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world. We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way home. In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Gentle Brother Edik finds the girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever, coated in dirt and blood, and holding fast to the ear of Answelica the goat. As the monk nurses Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret, one that imperils them all—for the king of the land seeks just such a girl, and Brother Edik, who penned the prophecy himself, knows why. And so it is that a girl with a head full of stories—powerful tales-within-the-tale of queens and kings, mermaids and wolves—ventures into a dark wood in search of the castle of one who wishes her dead. But Beatryce knows that, should she lose her way, those who love her—a wild-eyed monk, a man who had once been king, a boy with a terrible sword, and a goat with a head as hard as stone—will never give up searching for her, and to know this is to know everything. With its timeless themes, unforgettable cast, and magical medieval setting, Kate DiCamillo’s lyrical tale, paired with resonant black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, is a true collaboration between masters.
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From mermaids on hairbrushes to queens, wolves, and an oh-so-charming goat, this medieval story from Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo is like a whimsical, feminist dream. When the young Beatryce mysteriously shows up at a monastery in need of care, the monks take the little girl in without question. But it turns out Beatryce also needs serious protection from powerful forces. DiCamillo paints a beautiful picture of the friendship between the young girl and the kind Brother Edik, who helps her evade the forces that are hunting her by cutting her hair and dressing her in a monk’s robe. Beatryce’s disguise lets the girl use her secret skill: In a kingdom where only men are permitted to be literate, this captivating young heroine not only reads but writes magical fables of her own. Don’t miss this heartwarming and suspenseful feminist fantasy.
Set "during a time of war" when "terrible things happen everywhere," Newbery Medalist DiCamillo's engrossing medieval fable verges on darkness while examining what changes a world. When gentle Brother Edik finds young Beatryce in the monastery barn, she is covered in blood and dirt, plagued by fever, and holding the ear of the ferocious goat Answelica who has until now terrorized the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing with her bites and butts. Upon emerging from her sickness, Beatryce recalls only her name and her ability to read and write, the latter a dangerous secret in a land where only a few people, solely men, are permitted those skills. Fearful of who might be searching for such a child and of her possible connection to the prophecy of "a girl child who will unseat a king" the monastery's brethren rid themselves of girl and goat, sending Beatryce away with protector Answelica. In the often-harrowing world, Beatryce encounters idiosyncratic individuals she can trust, each with a painful history that's rendered humanely in DiCamillo's deliberate third-person telling (characters default to white). Tenderly illuminated by Caldecott Medalist Blackall's atmospheric, fine-lined b&w art, this compassionate tale rejoices in "the wonder of being known," the protective powers of understanding one's identity, and the strength found in the hard head of a beloved goat. Ages 8 12. Author's)
A FAN tASTIC STORY,
BELIEF, LOVE , LOYALTY AND RESPECT RULES .
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK FOR ALL AGES.
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