The Book of Boy, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

The Book of Boy
Written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and engaging. The story line was compelling and inspiring. However when I tried to get my 6th grade son to read it he had a really hard time getting into it because he was not familiar with the time period. When suggesting this title to students I would be sure they have some background knowledge of the middle ages or take a moment to explain the background.

Review by Jessica Riggs, Robert Frost Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★✩✩ (3 stars)
Interest Level: 4-6

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 by others 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 action-packed and suspensful 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 accumulating 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? A surprising and unforgettable tale for readers of all ages.

The Book of Boy
Written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
278 pages
Release Date: 2018
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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