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9780395692295

The Midwife's Apprentice

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  • ISBN13:

    9780395692295

  • ISBN10:

    0395692296

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1995-03-27
  • Publisher: Clarion Books

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Summary

From the author of "Catherine, Called Birdy" comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The 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." Medieval village life makes a lively backdrop for the funny, poignant story of how Alyce gets what she wants. A concluding note discusses midwifery past and present. A Newbery Medal book.

Author Biography

Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives now on Vashon Island west of Seattle, Washington. She received an M.A. in human behavior and one in museum studies. Ms. Cushman has had a lifelong interest in history. She says, "I grew tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals, presidents. I wanted to know what ordinary life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Research into medieval English history and culture led to the writing of her first two novels, the Newbery Honor book CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY and the Newbery Medal-winner THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE. She is also the author of MATILDA BONE, THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE and, most recently, RODZINA.

Table of Contents

1. The Dung Heap
1(5)
2. The Cat
6(5)
3. The Midwife
11(6)
4. The Miller's Wife
17(8)
5. The Merchant
25(8)
6. The Naming
33(7)
7. The Devil
40(8)
8. The Twins
48(6)
9. The Bailiff's Wife's Baby
54(7)
10. The Boy
61(6)
11. The Leaving
67(5)
12. The Inn
72(10)
13. Visitors
82(7)
14. The Manor
89(6)
15. Edward
95(9)
16. The Baby
104(8)
17. The Midwife's Apprentice
112(6)
Author's Note 118

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