The Book of Boy

The Book of Boy is a Ebook Well written but odd And the medieval setting makes it unlikely that many kids will pick it up The strong religious elements may create strong feelings as they did

The Book of Boy is a Ebook Well-written, but odd. And the medieval setting makes it unlikely that many kids will pick it up. The strong religious elements may create strong feelings as they did with me.. Boy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village With a large hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked and abused by the other kids in his town Until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus Impressed with Boy s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him intBoy has always been relegated to the outskirts of his small village With a large hump on his back, a mysterious past, and a tendency to talk to animals, he is often mocked and abused by the other kids in his town Until the arrival of a shadowy pilgrim named Secondus Impressed with Boy s climbing and jumping abilities, Secondus engages Boy as his servant, pulling him into an expedition across Europe to gather the seven precious relics of Saint Peter Boy quickly realizes this journey is not an innocent one They are stealing the relics, and gaining dangerous enemies in the process But Boy is determined to see this pilgrimage through until the end for what if St Peter can make Boy s hump go away This compelling, action packed tale is full of bravery and daring, stars a terrific cast of secondary characters, and features an unlikely multigenerational friendship at its heart Memorable and haunting, Catherine Gilbert Murdock s epic medieval adventure is just right for readers of Sara Pennypacker s Pax, Adam Gidwitz s The Inquisitor s Tale, and Pam Mu oz Ryan s Echo.Features a map and black and white art throughout.. The best Book The Book of Boy Taking place in the year 1350, one detects notes of The Canterbury Tales in The Book of Boy. Even though I loathed The Canterbury Tales--I mean, I did only read a selection of them in one of my first college English classes, so give me a break--The Book of Boy almost made me want to give Chaucer another chance. I said, almost.Despite the Chaucer resemblance, The Book of Boy was unlike anything I've ever read--for children, teens, or adults. Threads of faith and hope knit together adolescence and experiencing a journey. Though not quite what he seems, Boy possesses qualities and characteristics that many readers could see in themselves. He has his bouts of fear, but also moments of bravery. He senses the good in some people, and the evil in others. He can talk to animals--wait, I don't think many readers will be able to identify with that particular trait.Boy leaves the manor he has known his whole life--his world is so small--to embark on a pilgrimage with Secundus, a mysterious pilgrim who is in search of seven relics of St. Peter. Along the way, they learn to trust each other with the other's secrets. Their journeys merge and then diverge and then merge again. Essentially, this story embodies "it's not about the destination, it's about the journey."

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  1. I grew up in small town Connecticut, on a tiny farm with honeybees, two adventurous goats, and a mess of Christmas trees My sister claims we didn t have a television, but we did, sometimes only it was ancient, received exactly two channels, and had to be turned off after 45 minutes to cool down or else the screen would go all fuzzy Watching or rather, watching Alfred Hitchcock s The Birds was quite the experience, because it s hard to tell a flock of vicious crows from a field of very active static this might be why I still can t stand horror movies, to this day.My sister Liz, who is now a Very Famous Writer with a large stack of books, was my primary companion, even though she was extremely cautious she wouldn t even try to jump off the garage roof, which involved crouching right at the edge for ten minutes working up your nerve, and then checking each time you landed to see if you d broken anything and she learned early on that losing at games was easier in the long run than putting up with me losing Now, of course, she travels all over the world collecting stories and diseases, while I stay at home scowling over paint chips, and losing on purpose to my kids So the cycle continues Read an New York Times article by Catherine and Liz People sometimes ask if I played football in high school no I ran cross country and track, badly, but I have absolutely no skill whatsoever with ball or team sports Plus my high school didn t even have a football team Instead, I was part of the art clique taking extra art classes, spending my study halls and lunch periods working on my latest still life Please tell me this was not a unique experience I didn t do much writing my sister was the anointed writer but I read my little eyeballs out I was the queen of our library s YA section.In college I studied architectural history The formal name was Growth and Structure of Cities Program, but for me, it was all about buildings I ve always been fascinated with the built environment how spaces fit together, how streets work, how they read And curiously Warning Life Lesson approaching , it s paid off in the oddest ways For example, several of us in our neighborhood recently got quite upset about a enormous building going in across the street, and while everyone agreed that they didn t like the way it looked, I was the one who stood up at public meetings and used words like entablature and cornice line and fenestration all this architectural jargon I d learned back at Bryn Mawr and sounded like I knew what I was talking about And because of that, the building ended up getting redesigned, and in my humble opinion now will look much attractive and appropriate, which is nice because I ll be looking at it for the rest of my life So don t be afraid to study what you love, because you do not know now, and you may not know for twenty years, how amazingly it will pay off But it will Dairy Queen was my first stab at creative writing since high school, not counting several years as a struggling screenwriter which followed several years as a struggling scholar I unabashedly recommend screenwriting for mastering the art of storytelling just don t pin any hopes on seeing your work on the big screen But you ll learn so much in the process that this won t matter I also recommend, you know, living I ve been passionate about food pretty much my whole life first eating it, now preparing and then eating it And so it plays a pretty big role in my writing, and adds so much flavor not literally, of course, but the you can add that s true, whether it s emotion or geography or gardening that s me in the picture above , then the stronger that story is.

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  1. Well written, but odd And the medieval setting makes it unlikely that many kids will pick it up The strong religious elements may create strong feelings as they did with me.


  2. Taking place in the year 1350, one detects notes of The Canterbury Tales in The Book of Boy Even though I loathed The Canterbury Tales I mean, I did only read a selection of them in one of my first college English classes, so give me a break The Book of Boy almost made me want to give Chaucer another chance I said, almost.Despite the Chaucer resemblance, The Book of Boy was unlike anything I ve ever read for children, teens, or adults Threads of faith and hope knit together adolescence and exper [...]


  3. I really enjoyed this historical romp through the Middle Ages I love MG that centers on the relationship between a younger protagonist and a parental figure, so this is right up my alley For all Secondus s crotchety ness and thievery, you can t help but root for him, and to root for Boy to realize that the world isn t black and white when it comes to what s good and what s bad.


  4. E ARC from Edelweiss PlusBoy is a servant in the household of Sir Jacques It used to be a decent position, especially for a hunchback, but once the lady of the manor and her children died of the plague and Sir Jacques was gravely injured, the former Cook ruled the roost When Secundus, a pilgrim, happens by and decides that Boy could be useful in carrying his bag, he bargains with Cook and has Boy accompany him Secundus is ill, and looking for seven relics of St Peter s that might get him into he [...]


  5. Medieval stories aren t really my favorites, but I d heard good things about this one so I decided to pick it up Unfortunately, it turned out to be not really my thing The book does have plenty of good things going for it though The writing is excellent, the plot compelling, and the characters intriguing The details about life at the time including disease, injury, and religious beliefs are all well presented Those who enjoyed The Inquisitor s Tale will probably like this one, the two books have [...]


  6. I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review Boy lives a rough life, now that the most important people in his life have been taken by the plague He works tirelessly for the Cook and new wife of his master, whose brain no longer works Boy makes friends with the animals, because he is shunned by people because of the hump on his back Boy is given the chance to ask Jesus and the saints to take away his hump, when a pilgrim stumbles upon his home and enlists Boy s help The two [...]


  7. This story is set near Rome during the year 1350, shortly after the plague has wiped out a large part of the population in Europe The titled boy is a humble humpback who just wants to be treated kindly, like a normal boy, instead of constantly ridiculed and avoided When an older pilgrim, Secundus, passes through town, the boy is swept along on a quest to St Peter s tomb in Rome with stops along the way to collect seven relics By bringing the relics to St Peters tomb, a place many travel to for h [...]


  8. Boy is a hunchback living in Medieval France, he tends goats in a rural manor house where the Bubonic plague has recently killed many people on its path through Europe A pilgrim named Secundus, comes to the manor house and hires Boy to come with him to the local town, a three day walk from the manor Boy has never been so far, and he is thrilled to go, although he is afraid of Secundus Because he is a hunchback Boy is an outcast, people call him a monster And treat him badly Boy is very pious, an [...]


  9. I received this book through our school district s ARC program It was in the middle school collection It is an easy read but I really do not think there is a reading audience for this book At least at my public school Set in medieval times 1350 to be exact Boy is hunchback at the beginning of the story and half way through you the reader find out that he is an angel And he goes back to Manor house he started at I m really not sure what the purpose of the story is Boy helps Secundus steal relics [...]


  10. The character of Boy in this novel set in 1359 France is so appeLing in his innocence, it made the book a pleasure, despite some worry as well Living on a manor as a goatherd and the butt of jokes and abuse because of his humpback, Boy is made to help a Pilgrim who is on the trail of the relics of Saint Peter, and travels away from home for the first time I loved his affinity with animals, and the unusual history and discoveries Boy makes about his true nature along the way.


  11. Although this book has a few striking moments, a few pleasing twists, overall, it falls flat Setting, characters, plot it s all just a little lackluster Still, middle grade readers who enjoy simple quest tales or medieval settings may find a home here.


  12. I wanted to love this middle reader, as the prose and Medieval setting are vivid and fascinating It jumped the shark for me half way through, though, with plot twists and metaphors that made me audibly groan.


  13. This is a win review This is a good book for a younger reader who likes medieval times This boy is an outcast in his town and people mock and abuse him He becomes a servant and goes on an expedition It is a good book to let young people know they can be friends with older people.



  14. This was a pretty middle ground read for me While historically interesting, I just wasn t really taken by the characters, and found myself asking WHY a lot.


  15. 3.5 stars I enjoyed this book but I wasn t expecting the supernatural, spiritual elements to the story I think this would work well as a read aloud I loved how Boy could communicate with animals.




  16. I was really excited for this, but it definitely was not for me I m not sure I can really say if it s bad or failed in genre, etc but a main thing I disliked were the fantastical elements Part of this is because I thought the story was being played straight until a very sudden reveal The other part is harder to explainUnlike some of the other reviewers so far, I actually loved The Inquisitor s Tale by Adam Gidwitz I thought it was a story with fantastic voice and infused with medieval sentiments [...]


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