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Set in medieval England, this is the story of a homeless, orphaned girl named Brat whose life changes when she becomes an assistant to a midwife named Jane. Although the short-tempered Jane wants a mindless assistant, someone who will anticipate her needs and silently help her with her work, the observant Brat (whom Jane has renamed Beetle) begins to pick up the art of delivering babies. As Brat/Beetle gains confidence, she adopts an actual name--Alyce--and begins to dream of becoming a midwife herself. Thoroughly researched, THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE is full of realistic details about life in medieval England and concludes with a historical note about the history of midwifery. Winner of the 1996 Newbery Medal.
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.
Number of Pages: 122
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Girls + Women, Historical / Medieval
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Age Range: 9-12 years
Author: CUSHMAN, KAREN
Street Date: June 19, 2012
Item Number (DPCI): 059-13-0975