The Midwife's Apprentice (rpkg)

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Harper Collins, Aug 16, 1996 - Juvenile Fiction - 128 pages
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'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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User Review  - Veronica.Sparrow - LibraryThing

I actually picked up this book for my daughter to read and ended up reading it myself instead. I am impressed by the historical research that the author must have done as well as the writing. Ms ... Read full review

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User Review  - JacquelynTorres - LibraryThing

Summary: The Midwife's Apprentice is a story about a young homeless girl who was found by a village midwife while asleep in a dung pile. The young girl had gone through a few names such as beetle ... Read full review

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.