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The Midwife\'s Apprentice

The Midwife's Apprentice

(1995)
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Awards
Newbery Medal Best Novel
Karen Cushman likes to write with her tongue firmly planted in her cheek, and her feisty female characters firmly planted in history. In The Midwife's Apprentice, which earned the 1996 Newbery Medal, this makes a winning combination for children and adult readers alike. Like her award-winning book Catherine, Called Birdy, the story takes place in medieval England. This time our protagonist is Alyce, who rises from the dung heap (literally) of homelessness and namelessness to find a station in life--apprentice to the crotchety, snaggletoothed midwife Jane Sharp. On Alyce's first solo outing as a midwife, she fails to deliver. Instead of facing her ignorance, Alyce chooses to run from failure--never a good choice. Disappointingly, Cushman does not offer any hardships or internal wrestling to warrant Alyce's final epiphanies, and one of the book's climactic insights is when Alyce discovers that lo and behold she is actually pretty! Still, Cushman redeems her writing, as always, with historical accuracy, saucy dialogue, fast-paced action, and plucky, original characters that older readers will eagerly devour. (Ages 12 and older) --Gail HudsonFrom the author of "Catherine, Called Birdy" comes another spellbinding novel set in medieval England. The girl known only as Brat has no family, no home, and no future until she meets Jane the Midwife and becomes her apprentice. As she helps the sharp-tempered Jane deliver babies, Brat-who renames herself Alyce-gains knowledge, confidence, and the courage to want something from life: "A full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world." Medieval village life makes a lively backdrop for the funny, poignant story of how Alyce gets what she wants. A concluding note discusses midwifery past and present. A Newbery Medal book.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 2012 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 1-61383-978-2 / 978-1-61383-978-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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June 2012 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-606-24696-7 / 978-0-606-24696-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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May 2007 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice (Trophy Newbery)
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 1-4352-0789-0 / 978-1-4352-0789-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2007-05-15
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March 1995 : USA Hardback
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice (Newbery Medal Book)
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-395-69229-6 / 978-0-395-69229-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Clarion Books
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August 1996 : USA Library Binding
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Trophy Newbery)
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-613-00185-0 / 978-0-613-00185-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Turtleback
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September 1996 : USA Turtleback
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-606-09612-4 / 978-0-606-09612-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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September 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice (Trophy Newbery)
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-7807-6215-0 / 978-0-7807-6215-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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September 1996 : USA Hardback
Title: Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-7587-0202-7 / 978-0-7587-0202-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Book Wholesalers
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Paperback Editions

June 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-547-72217-6 / 978-0-547-72217-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
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August 1996 : USA Paperback
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-06-440630-X / 978-0-06-440630-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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June 2002 : UK Paperback
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-330-39831-8 / 978-0-330-39831-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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January 1997 : UK Paperback
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-330-34961-9 / 978-0-330-34961-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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Audio Editions

October 2008 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
Publisher: Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Charlotte Coleman
ISBN: 0-7393-3733-5 / 978-0-7393-3733-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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June 2000 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-8072-8281-2 / 978-0-8072-8281-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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1997 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-7887-1606-9 / 978-0-7887-1606-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Recorded Books Steady Readers
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October 1996 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-553-47798-6 / 978-0-553-47798-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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1996 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
ISBN: 0-7887-0577-6 / 978-0-7887-0577-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio
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Kindle Editions

March 1995 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Midwife's Apprentice
Author(s): Karen Cushman
Publisher: Clarion Books
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