I was surprised by this one! Part pilgrimage, part treasure hunt, part deep thinker, this one. Boy--who is considered a "monster" for having a hump on his back--is taken away by a pilgrim named Secondus with a goal to find seven relics of Saint Peter. SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENS, and Boy comes to some surprising realizations. I don't want to give anything away. I do think this is a read for an older middle grade crowd, it's the kind of book that, once it grabs you, keeps you turning pages. Set in Medieval times; would make an excellent movie.
An adventure tale set in the 14th century about a boy (Boy) and a mysterious pilgrim (Secundus)as they gather relics in anticipation of redemption at St. Peter's tomb in Rome. Boy can speak to animals and his hunchback may not be the handicap he perceives it to be. His relationship with Secundus grows and changes ultimately showing Boy that there is work to be done and meaning to be found in serving others. Beautifully written and reminiscent of classics like "The Door In the Wall" and "Adam of the Road". Fans of Laura Amy Schlitz will love this new medieval epic.
A lively romp along the pilgrims' trail in medieval times.
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