The Book of Boy

Ages: 8 - 12Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books/ Greenwillow Books Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock


Being a hunchback in the Middle Ages, particularly after a plague, is extremely difficult. Orphaned, bullied and shunned, Boy lives in a small village is cared for by Father Petrus who often gives him strange advice. Boy’s only real comfort comes from his conversations with animals – all of whom love him.

One day a pilgrim named Secondus arrives in the village and convinces Boy to join him on his journey and carry his bag. This bag warms Boy’s back and shelters him from being identified as a hunchback. But the pilgrim’s intentions are not honorable and Boy’s life becomes increasingly difficult and complex.

In a wholly original story, author Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s magical book is filled with mystical elements. Boy’s manifold misadventures are compelling, believable and unforgettable. A must read — alone or aloud.

Kemie Nix ©2018 Parents’ Choice

Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children’s Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents’ Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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