Bestselling author Adam Gidwitz takes on medieval times in an exciting and
hilarious middle grade adventure about class, history, religion…and farting
dragons. Featuring manuscript illuminations throughout from Hatem Aly.
Winner of a 2017 Newbery Honor!
1242. On a dark night, travellers from across France cross paths at an inn and begin
to tell stories of three children: William, on a mission from his monastery; Jacob, a
Jewish boy who has fled his village; and Jeanne, a peasant girl who hides her
prophetic visions. They are accompanied by Jeanne’s loyal greyhound, Gwenforte,
recently brought back from the dead. As the narrator collects their tales, their
adventures will take them on a chase through France to escape persecution and save
holy texts from being burned. They will be taken captive by knights, sit alongside a
king and save the land from a farting dragon. Ultimately, all will come to question if
these children can perform the miracles of saints.