23. February 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Joyce

Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman, 122 pages, read by Joyce, on 02/09/2013

This story of a homeless, nameless girl’s plight to be well fed, warm, and content with her place in life is set in the 14th century in England.  She becomes the apprentice of the local midwife, Jane.  As she toils to earn her keep, she learns the part-doctor, part-magic profession of midwifery.  The author’s descriptive telling of sometimes shocking adventures opens the reader’s mind to a culture far removed from present day.  I can definitely understand why this bravely written book that makes you rejoice with each success the child has and also feel sorry for her suffering is a Newberry Award winner.

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