Catherine Murdock: Newberry Award Winning Book of Boy


“Handing Out the Hardware” by Meghan Cox Gurdan, Wall Street Journal, February 2-3, 2019

Two novels each received a second-tier Newbery Honor award this year.  Catherine Gilbert Murdock’s The Book of Boy with evocative woodcut-style illustrations by Ian Schoenherr, is a beautiful volume.  The story traces the peregrinations of two curious companions— a young hunchback and a man with a burning ambition and a hellish past—through Europe in the year 1350.  And “no offense ,” as Merci Suárez’s haughty sixth-grade nemesis would say, but if it had been up to me, this book would have swapped places for the top honor.  Merci Suárez is a great girl with a great family, but we’ve read stories like hers before.  The Book of Boy represents an original feat of imaginative storytelling. 

Event date: 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

Event address: 

Radnor Memorial Library