ONLINE: Kate DiCamillo

Beloved storyteller and two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo joins us to share THE BEATRYCE PROPHESY, a medieval fantasy featuring one of the most unforgettable animal characters Kate DiCamillo has ever created (amidst some tough competition): Answelica, the hard-headed, sharp-toothed goat. During this event, Kate will discuss her writing and answer audience questions. Kate's presentation is perfect for kids ages 8 and up, and parents and educators are invited to attend. If you're an educator and would like to broadcast this event to your classroom, please reach out to Lynda O'Brien at

Kate has kindly signed bookplates for everyone purchasing THE BEATRYCE PROPHESY from An Unlikely Story, while supplies last. 

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Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most revered storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis.

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.

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 1:30pm
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The Beatryce Prophecy By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536213614
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - September 28th, 2021

The Beatryce Prophecy: Gift Edition By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781536218671
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Candlewick - November 3rd, 2021