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The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr, 278 pp, RL 4

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock,  illustrated by Ian Schoenherr Review Copy  The Book of Boy is the best book I read published this year, and possibly the best book I read all year. I have an affinity for books set in the middle ages, but the voice of the narrator and the path of this story are sure to entrance you. As will the spot illustrations that start each chapter. I was completely enticed by the promise of each upcoming, crisp black and white illustration by Schoenherr, and loved wondering how it would play out in the coming chapter. There is a climactic twist in The Book of Boy, along with a few other small surprises that I will not reveal here, although you can find other reviews that do. Set in 1350 in France, Boy works as a goatherd at the manor of Sir Jacques, a formerly successful knight of the realm who has been left a drooling mess after being injured while jousting. His wife and three small children have been lost to the Plague, which is still fresh in everyon…

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