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The Midwife's Apprentice (Rpkg)

by Karen Cushman

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | August 22, 1996 | Trade Paperback

The Midwife's Apprentice (Rpkg) is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
'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)

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.28 in

Published: August 22, 1996

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006440630X

ISBN - 13: 9780064406307

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Midwife's Apprentice Review This book is not the best book in the world and not the worst! It gives you a special feeling of things, but it expresses it weirdly.
Date published: 2003-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Midwife's Apprentice This book makes you appreciate even the small things. It turns a dung heap into a warm bed, and all of the sudden, the food you eat seems so much more precious. You are even thankful for your own name, and that you are not called Bettle, or Brat.
Date published: 2001-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from a strange book I saw this book in my classroom and since it was by the same as catherine called birdy which i didnt like i hoped this one would be good. This one yes was better than catherine called birdy, but sometimes it just didnt make sense.
Date published: 2000-08-13

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The Midwife's Apprentice (Rpkg)

The Midwife's Apprentice (Rpkg)

by Karen Cushman

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 144 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.28 in

Published: August 22, 1996

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 006440630X

ISBN - 13: 9780064406307

From the Publisher

'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)

About the Author

"Cushman has an almost unrivaled ability to build atmosphere, and her evocation of a medieval village is supremely colorful and pungent." (Publishers Weekly)

From Our Editors

With the same eye for historical detail and feel for the period that made The Ballad of Lucy Whipple such a delight for middle readers, Karen Cushman recreates a time of magic and midwifery, herbs to heal and a dung heap for a bed. The Midwife’s Apprentice introduces Brat the beggar, also known as Beetle the scrounger, who names herself Alyce in a burst of self-confidence. A scrawny orphan with no home, Brat takes up with the village midwife -- and starts to learn a trade. But a crisis forces Brat to ask herself if she has a chance as Alyce, or if she’s doomed to being a dung beetle forever.

Editorial Reviews

"Cushman has an almost unrivaled ability to build atmosphere, and her evocation of a medieval village is supremely colorful and pungent." (Publishers Weekly)

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12