The Midwife's Apprentice (rpkg)

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Harper Collins, Aug 16, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
1256 Reviews
'Like Cushman's 1995 Newbery Honor Book, Catherine, Called Birdy, this novel is about a strong young woman in medieval England who finds her own way home. This is a world, like Chaucer's, that's . . . dangerous, primitive and raucous. From the first page you're caught by the spirit of the homeless, nameless waif, somewhere around 12 years old. She gets the village midwife to take her in, befriends a cat, names herself Alyce, and learns something about delivering babies. When she fails, she runs away, but she picks herself up again and returns to work and independence.' --ALA Booklist (starred review). '. . .A fascinating view of a far distant time.' -- The Horn Book (starred review)

  

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Loved the detail in the descriptive storytelling. - Goodreads
ending was not satisfying. - Goodreads
Love the imagery and historical accuracy of the book. - Goodreads
It was thoroughly researched and well-written. - Goodreads
However, the ending felt idiotic to me. - Goodreads
I also enjoyed the character development. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Dawn Strake - Goodreads

This charming book is set in the early fourteenth century and tells the story of Brat, a homeless young teenager who knows of no home or place in this world. She's found sleeping in a pile of dung to ... Read full review

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User Review  - LeahP - Goodreads

This is definitely the most educational book i have ever read! This book is set in the middle ages, and its about this girl named Alyce and how she finds her confidence and strength. I loved these ... Read full review

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Contents

The Dung Heap
1
The Cat
6
The Midwife
11
The Millers Wife
22
The Merchant
25
The Naming
33
The Devil
41
The Twins
48
The Leaving
67
The Inn
74
Visitors
82
The Manor
89
Edward
95
The Baby
109
The Midwifes Apprentice
112
Authors Note
118

The Bailiff s Wifes Baby
54
The Boy
63

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About the author (1996)

Karen Cushman has a long-standing interest in history. She says, "I grew tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals and presidents. I wanted to know what life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Research into medieval English history and culture led to the writing of Catherine Called Birdy,winner of the 1995 Newbery Honor Award, and The Midwife's Apprentice, winner of the 1996 Newbery Medal. Her research moved in a new diredtion as she learned about nineteenth century women and children for The Ballad of Lucy Whipple.

Ms. Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois. She received an M.A. in Human Behavior and one in Museum Studies. She and her husband and daughter share their Oakland, California, home with two cats, a dog and a rabbit.