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The midwife's apprentice, by Karen Cushman

In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world. 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
Table Of Contents
The dung heap -- The cat -- The midwife -- The miller's wife -- The merchant -- The naming -- The devil -- The twins -- The bailiff's wife's baby -- The boy -- The leaving -- The inn -- Visitors -- The manor -- Edward -- The baby -- The midwife's apprentice
Literary Form
Physical Description
122 pages, 19 cm
Specific Material Designation
regular print

Library Locations

  • Tewksbury Public Library

    300 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA, 01876, US