“Just because you don’t know everything don’t mean you know nothing.” ~ from The Midwife’s Apprentice
Summary: An unnamed girl who can only remember begging and scrounging and being tormented by villagers is taken in by a midwife. With only a cat for a companion, the girl works hard and slowly learns to observe the midwife in her tasks. Finally, the girl knows what she wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in the world. All are within her reach if only she can overcome her own feelings of worthlessness.
Notes: This Newberry Medal Book is a good read for the plucky protagonist as well as for the historical elements and the subject of midwifery.