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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.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published on March 27, 1995 by Clarion Books
ISBN-10: 0395692296
ISBN-13: 9780395692295
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  • raindrop07
    raindrop07Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 10:45 am55 stars
    The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman is an amazing book and I enjoyed reading so much! it was very well written and the story was very interesting. I would totally recommend it to lovers of medieval or historical fiction and strong, brave girls!
    • honey6310700
      honey6310700Friday, March 11, 2016 at 9:23 pm55 stars
      Great! Very Detailed and interesting. Purr and the other characters really come to life with Great Detail. Explains the life of a very poor "homeless" should I say street girl how becomes a Midwifes Apprentice and learns the amazing world of can I say"Witchcraft"!
      • sprite1127
        sprite1127Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 6:51 am55 stars
        Amazingly good book!!! If I had the time, I would read it over and over again! B
        • bookworm3
          bookworm3Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm33 stars
          This is a very good book. I would recommend this book to older girls because it's about girls and I don't think boys would like it at all.