The Midwife's Apprentice

The Midwife's Apprentice

Paperback - 1996
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'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)
Publisher: New York : Harper, 1996
ISBN: 9780064406307


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Jane the Midwife calls her Brat, but the girl, who calls herself Alyce, is starving and eager to learn. Also available as an eBook and on audio to download.

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Aug 15, 2017

A good book about British life in the 1300s. A girl, first named Beetle and then Alyce, discovers her talent of delivering children after apprenticing to a midwife, Jane. Alyce reveals to herself who she is, and what her purpose of living is. Though matched for more mature and advanced readers, this book still carries a simple message.

samdog123 Jul 28, 2010

A very well written piece of juvenile historical fiction. Alyce, who doesn't know where she came from, is taken in by a village midwife. She becomes her appretice, until she makes a big mistake. Alyce learns that she must have confidence in herself and her abilities. A short book that's well worth a read for the historical details of medieval life and the lessons that we all ought to learn while growing up.


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