The monks of the Chronicles of Sorrowing fear the goat the most. Answelica has taken a piece of each of them with her sharp teeth and hard head.
So when Brother Edik finds a child asleep with Answelica, he is terrified. How did that child get there? And what will that goat do to her?
But Answelica loves the child. And senses Brother Edik wants to help her, so allows him close enough to investigate.
He finds out she doesn’t remember who she is or where she came from. And she knows her letters – a terrible and dangerous skill for one who is not a monk. And a girl.
She is too dangerous to keep around the monastery, so they (except Brother Edik) gladly send her on her way – thankful to be rid of her and that pesky Answelica.
Kate DiCamillo once again writes a beautifully simple and profound tale in The Beatryce Prophecy. Illustrator Sophie Blackall echos the sense of illustrated medieval manuscripts, albeit in black and white.
Highly recommended for ages 8 and up.