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The Midwife's Apprentice

The Midwife's Apprentice

1995 Story Books
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-395-69229-6
Hardcover Price: $10.95
Remembering only abuse, Brat's greatest ambition is to eat a turnip minus the mud. Brat is scrawny, homeless, and of indeterminate age - twelve or thirteen. She finally finds a rotting dung heap into which she crawls for warmth. She is discovered there by an important-looking woman who is prepared to send her packing. Brat begs first for food and then for work. Receiving little of the former and an abundance of the latter, Brat, now re-named "Beetle" for the dung heap, begins her career as a fourteenth-century midwife's apprentice. With no resources but a rescued cat and untrained intelligence, Beetle blossoms into an appealing young woman who can and does cause consternation among her former tormenters.
Kemie Nix   ©1995 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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