The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo


Do you know of Kate DiCamillo? I didn’t until I heard Ann Patchett recommend this, her latest book, on the Today show. Jenna Hager Bush practically jumped into her arms with excitement. I have to read it NOW! Yes, said Ann, you must read it NOW! DiCamillo writes children’s books, but I have to tell you that I would read such a charming and heartfelt children’s book anytime. And, oh my goodness, I adore listening to Finty Williams, the audiobook’s reader.

Here’s the text from the back cover of the audiobook (I can’t do any better myself and it is sans spoilers):

“There is one creature that the monks of the Chronicles of Sorrowing fear above all others: Answelica the goat. The monks fear her sharp teeth and her hard head and her wily ways. And so imagine Brother Edik’s terror when he goes to feed Answelica one morning and finds a child in the pen with the demon goat.

The child does not know where she came from. She does not know who her people are She remembers one thing only: her name.


The king’s men, however, know who the child is, and they are searching for her.”

A slim volume, 4-1/2 hours on CD. You will surely enjoy the adventure!

7 comments on “The Beatryce Prophecy by Kate DiCamillo”

  1. Oh Teri! I love Kate DiCamillo! Read most of her books when my kids were young, back when we read every night before sleep. Her stories were among their – and my! – favorites. Because of Winn Dixie. The Tale of Despereaux. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. The Tiger Rising. The Magicians Elephant. And when they began to read on their own, they loved the Mercy Watson books. Yes, she is a wonderful writer who writes rich, creative, tenderhearted, compassionate stories for young people. And for so called grown ups too…

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    1. Thanks, JNaz. I do plan to read more of her books, and if any of them is on CD and read by Finty that would be a big, big plus!

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  2. I just finished listening to this glorious gift of a book. What a story! Beautifully written, fabulously read. It has it all – unexpected heroes, a brilliant and brave girl, a wild eyed monk, a bee, a knowing goat, a mysterious king. Oh my. I enjoyed this so much. Thank you for getting into my hands, Teri. And into my heart.

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    1. JNaz, sharing a book you’ve loved with a friend makes one twice-blessed! If only I could speak like Finty does. (Borkali, thank you for creating this space. It’s so affirming.) I now have Because of Winn Dixie on-deck in my car.


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