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The Midwife's Apprentice

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ISBN13: 9780064406307
ISBN10: 006440630x
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Awards

Winner of the 1996 Newbery Medal

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

'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)

Synopsis:

'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

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.

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Gypsi, June 6, 2010 (view all comments by Gypsi)
Beetle is an orphan of indefinite age, wandering from village to village and working for food. At one stop, the midwife takes her on as apprentice and Beetle's life changes dramatically. The midwife is by no means a gentle mother figure, but she feeds Beetle regularly and the life is not hard.

The reader follows Beetle (or Alyce as she later calls herself) as she matures, sheds her insecurities, becomes self-confident and self-loving, and finally learns to face up to and conquer her fears. It's a very positive tale, excellent for young girls who need to see positive female role-models face problems and succeed by sheer determination--and not fairy godmothers or money or good looks.

While unconsciously absorbing these lessons, young readers will also find themselves learning about Medieval Europe. Cushman manages to slide historical facts in so casually that the reader will come away knowing about Medieval customs and practices, the art of early midwifery and life in a village.

This is an excellent tale, well-written, witty and touching. I enjoyed it on many levels and would recommend it (along with Cushman's other excellent novel, Catherine Called Birdy) for pre-teens and teens--and adults like me who enjoy a light story with a positive girl character.
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hotmamamia, November 27, 2006 (view all comments by hotmamamia)
The Midwife's Apprentice is a novel that will make you want to embrace who you are and be proud of what you can accomplish. It is a heart-warming story of a girl, Beetle, becoming her true self, Alyce. She discovers that she has talents and a place in the world. It is a classic tale of self discovery.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780064406307
performance Narrated:
Jenny Sterlin.
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Author:
Leister, Bryan
Author:
by Karen Cushman and Bryan Leister
Author:
Cushman, Karen
Location:
Prince Frederick, MD
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children's fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
Historical - Medieval
Subject:
Childbirth
Subject:
Midwives
Subject:
Talking books for children.
Subject:
Midwives -- Fiction.
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Fiction on cassette with book
Series Volume:
271
Publication Date:
19960816
Binding:
Book
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 25.04 oz
Age Level:
09-12

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"Synopsis" by , '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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