The Beatryce Prophecy

The Beatryce Prophecy

by Kate DiCamillo (Author)

From two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo and two-time Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall comes a fantastical meditation on fate, love, and the power of words to spell the world.

We shall all, in the end, be led to where we belong. We shall all, in the end, find our way home.

In a time of war, a mysterious child appears at the monastery of the Order of the Chronicles of Sorrowing. Gentle Brother Edik finds the girl, Beatryce, curled in a stall, wracked with fever, coated in dirt and blood, and holding fast to the ear of Answelica the goat. As the monk nurses Beatryce to health, he uncovers her dangerous secret, one that imperils them all—for the king of the land seeks just such a girl, and Brother Edik, who penned the prophecy himself, knows why.

And so it is that a girl with a head full of stories—powerful tales-within-the-tale of queens and kings, mermaids and wolves—ventures into a dark wood in search of the castle of one who wishes her dead. But Beatryce knows that, should she lose her way, those who love her—a wild-eyed monk, a man who had once been king, a boy with a terrible sword, and a goat with a head as hard as stone—will never give up searching for her, and to know this is to know everything. With its timeless themes, unforgettable cast, and magical medieval setting, Kate DiCamillo’s lyrical tale, paired with resonant black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall, is a true collaboration between masters.

In the enchanting world of the Beatryce Prophecy, readers are taken on a captivating journey filled with mystery, magic, and self-discovery. Written by the renowned Kate DiCamillo, this remarkable book tells the tale of a young girl named Beatryce, who embarks on an extraordinary quest to fulfill an ancient prophecy that holds the key to saving her kingdom.

Beatryce, a humble innkeeper's daughter, lives in the village of Gommecourt, nestled amidst rolling hills and dense forests. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she encounters a mysterious man known as the One-Eyed Monk. He reveals to her the existence of a prophecy foretelling the rise of a young girl who will bring peace and prosperity to the realm.

Driven by a sense of destiny, Beatryce sets out on a perilous journey to fulfill the prophecy. Along the way, she encounters a cast of unforgettable characters, including talking animals, mischievous sprites, and wise old sages. Each encounter teaches her valuable lessons about courage, friendship, and the power of belief.

As Beatryce delves deeper into the prophecy, she uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy her kingdom. With the help of her newfound companions, she unravels secrets, solves riddles, and faces daunting challenges in her quest to restore harmony and peace to the realm.

DiCamillo's storytelling in The Beatryce Prophecy is enchanting and captivating, drawing readers into a world where the impossible becomes possible. She weaves a tapestry of vibrant imagery, heartwarming characters, and unexpected twists, keeping readers engaged from beginning to end.

This book is a celebration of the power of self-belief, the importance of friendship, and the resilience of the human spirit. It reminds us that even in the face of adversity, we have the strength to overcome challenges and make a difference in the world.


257 pages