The Midwife’s Apprentice

By Karen Cushman
:  YA Literature
Genre:  Historical fiction
Age Level:  10+
Subjects:  Medieval village life, self-discovery, midwifery

“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.
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