Change the Story
Two-time Newbery-award winner Kate DiCamillo, has a new book, The Beatryce Prophecy. The cover illustration by Sophie Blackall shows a Medieval-looking girl whose head is shaved, with a book under one arm and a goat under the other.
The goat’s name is Answelica, and she has teeth “that were the mirror of her soul — large, sharp, and uncompromising.” With the help of Brother Edik, a boy named Jack Dory, a mysterious man with a beard named Cannoc, and, of course, with the goat, Beatryce transcends the Chronicles of Sorrowing that sought to determine her life’s path.
To do that, she has to change the story. It happens when she is summoned use her scribal skills to write the tale of a soldier:
“Beatryce bent again to the parchment. She crossed out the words, I have killed.
She wrote, Once, there was a mermaid.”
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