The Beatryce Prophecy

Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall

The Beatryce Prophecy
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The Beatryce Prophecy

Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall

A magical medieval tale from two masters, Newbery Medal-winning Kate DiCamillo and Caldecott Medal-winning Sophie Blackall - a fantastical meditation on fate, love and the power of words to spell the world.

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 recalcitrant goat.

As the monk nurses Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret - one that imperils them all. And so it is that a girl with a head full of stories must venture into a dark wood in search of the castle of a king who wishes her dead. But should she lose her way, Beatryce knows that 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.

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In a medieval land, where monks produce illuminated manuscripts, Brother Edik adds a prophecy to the book of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Edik lives in a violent time of war and treachery, so when he finds a sick young girl in the monastery’s stable guarded by one of their most vicious and contrary goats, he feels compelled to help her but is fearful of her origins. As he nurses her back to health, he realises she is the figure at the centre of the prophecy, one that foretells of a girl who will unseat the king and bring about great change. Her life and the lives of those around her are in dire peril.

So begins this wondrous, thrilling tale of a brave girl, a scared monk, an orphaned boy, a wise old man, and most importantly, a menacing but extraordinary goat. Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has created a magical story and once again proves she is one of the most original children’s writers of our time.

Illustrated by the marvellous Sophie Blackall, this lovely hardback will be a perfect gift for ages 9+.


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