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The Midwife's Apprentice

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The Midwife's Apprentice
by Karen Cushman

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.

This book won the prestigious Newbery Award for children's literature.  It's a page-turner historical fiction book that's perfect for use when teaching about the Middle Ages.

Book Type:   chapter book

Grade Level:     6th grade     7th grade     8th grade 

Reading Level:   DRA Level 60      Guided Reading Level X

Related Lists:    Middle Ages     historical fiction    Newbery     history

Condition:  This book is used but it is in good condition.  Occasionally there's the previous owner's name or inscription on the inside front cover.  Overall though, we are very proud of the quality of our books!