Matilda Bone

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Dell Yearling, 2002 - Juvenile Fiction - 167 pages
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Orphaned Matilda is not at all pleased when she arrives at Blood and Bone Alley to become an assistant to Red Peg the Bonesetter. She is a religious, well-educated girl who can’t picture herself doing dirty chores or helping sickly patients.

Each day is very different from her former quiet life. Matilda’s not used to being around so many people who are coming and going, laughing and eating. Not one of them seems interested in prayer or study.

Self-centered Matilda thinks no one understands her. But Peg does, and gives her time to get used to this new way of life and teaches her through kindness and friendship. Matilda is as surprised as anyone when she begins seeing the world around her in a different way.

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User Review  - Leah Beecher - Goodreads

This was a great book. I enjoyed everything about it. A perfect "living book" companion for educators studying the middle ages. Karen Cushman is in my opinion a terrific children's author. She lets ... Read full review

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User Review  - Leeann - Goodreads

I hated Matilda from the beginning all the way to the end of chapter 16. Her entitled attitude was impossible to bear without visualizing myself slapping the hell out of her. Now that I'm done, I am glad. I like Medieval books, but this girl needed a middle age psychologist! Read full review


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Karen Cushman’s first book, Catherine, Called Birdy, was a Newbery Honor Winner and her second, The Midwife’s Apprentice, was awarded the Newbery Medal.

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