The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen CushmanThe Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman

The Midwife's Apprentice

byKaren Cushman

Paperback | June 19, 2012

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Newbery Medal Winner&nbsp "Kids will be caught up in this short, fast-paced narrative about a hero who discovers that she's not ugly or stupid or alone." - Booklist,&nbspstarred review&nbspThe girl known only as "Brat" has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat-who renames herself Alyce-gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life: "a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world." &nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp
Karen Cushman has had a lifelong interest in history and "wanted to know what ordinary life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Her research led to the writing of Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor book, and The Midwife's Apprentice, a Newbery Medal winner. She lives on Vashon Island, Washington. Visit her...
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Title:The Midwife's ApprenticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.36 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547722176

ISBN - 13:9780547722177

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice ending This is more of a 3,5 because the ending changed my mind. The story itself is very realistic and somewhat still predictable except for the ending. Jane, the midwife, finds a little girl in a pile of fecal matter. The girl has no family, no friends and she doesn't know her own name. She convinces Jane to let her stay in exchange for her labor. She also befriends a cat. Beetle, this is how the villagers call her, is hard-working and very grateful for all she has. Although the villagers treat her poorly, she helps them. Throughout the book, she realizes many things: how she is also a person no matter what the others say about her and that she is capable and intelligent. This is basically a story of finding oneself and facing our fears. Like I said before, the whole story is pretty predictable except for the ending which really surprised me and made me feel emotional. However, I truly took interest in the novel only halfway into the book. The writing style was also, at times, a little simple and childish.
Date published: 2017-01-20

Editorial Reviews

With simplicity, wit, and humor, Cushman presents another tale of medieval England. Here readers follow the satisfying, literal and figurative journey of a homeless, nameless child called Brat. . . . Earthy humor, the foibles of humans both high and low, and a fascinating mix of superstition and genuinely helpful herbal remedies attached to childbirth make this a truly delightful introduction to a world seldom seen in children's literature."School Library Journal, Starred"This novel is about a strong, young woman in medieval England who finds her own way home. . . . Kids will be caught up in this short, fast-paced narrative about a hero who discovers that she's not ugly or stupid or alone."Booklist, ALA, Starred Review "