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  - Erin - Goodreads

It was fun getting into some historical fiction again, with the help of an author I've been meaning to try out for a while now. I enjoyed the history mixed in with the story here, but reading this ... Read full review

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User Review  - Etta Mcquade - Goodreads

I liked the way Matilda changes her life from a learned, somewhat spoiled young orphan girl, to a girl who can love, heal and help others. The distinctive characters she meets at Bone and Blood Alley, her new home, help her to make the change. 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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