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The Midwife's Apprentice

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Book title and author: The Midwife¿s Apprentice by Karen Cushman

Book title and author: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Title of review: Could’ve Been Better
Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 and ½

Introduction
This book was about a poor girl without a name, a home, and without love. She walks from town to town working for bar...
Book title and author: The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
Title of review: Could’ve Been Better
Number of stars (1 to 5): 4 and ½

Introduction
This book was about a poor girl without a name, a home, and without love. She walks from town to town working for barely to no food and a night in the stables. She found herself in a new little town where she crawled into a dung heap for warmth. The village boys then decided her name was beetle because of how she burrowed into the dung heap. Jane Sharp, the midwife of the town, found beetle in the heap and commanded the boys to stop, then gave beetle a job as her apprentice, beetle was now the midwife’s apprentice. I loved this book due to its drama and surprises.

Description and summary of main points
This book was very well written and the author really knows how to put herself into another’s shoes and tell a very vibrant yet extravagant story. Alice was a poor girl, without a penny to her name, worked her way up until she could actually help as a midwife. She was a very emotional girl, who risked her own life to save a cat after the village boys tried to drown it in a bag with an eel. She saved the cat and then ended up saving one of the boys after he fell in and was left by his so called ‘friends’. This was merely the start of her amazing adventure through life and dealing with trouble, sinful villagers, a promiscuous baker, and her new friend Purr.
Evaluation
I loved this book because of how the vivid details all melted in with the action and drama that happened around every corner. There was always something going on and it was well described and detailed to the point of reality. The way the words would drag you into the book and the way the author kept the medieval time scale at hand throughout the entire book. The author never strayed too far into our time and was very equal with her writing. The way she described Alice when she found poor Edward laying in the stables nearly frozen to death, and then Alice’s heroic and bravery as she ran from the midwife in failure and nearly died sleeping in a rock crevice, was very well put.
Conclusion
In conclusion, this book was very well thought out and the way the author wrote the words really put the images into your mind, and made you feel as if you were standing in that little town beside the woods and feel the pain, grief, and happiness that flood through the pages like water from a broken damn gate. The author is very talented at creating vibrant images and a broad story about a little girl that has tried to make her life better and work very hard to achieve her goals. She has made many friends and enemies on her long journey from a poor girl to a well mannered woman.

Your final review
This book was very good in my opinion, and is a very good use of time and will open your eyes to many new genres and words. The vocabulary in this book is amazing and really sets the time and era of the book. The drama and action will keep you on the edge of your seat and will keep you turning the pages. The surprising twists and turns in the book will always keep your interest. Beetle’s journey through life will surprise you many times and how cunning and smart she is will surprise you all throughout the story. Good readings!!!!!!!


Good readings!!!!!!!



posted by jamin0610 on February 20, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

By Far the worst book I ever read!

I am in sixth grade I love to read an dfor a summer reading project i picked the midwifes apprentice. I am warning you don't get it, its boring and it truly is of money

posted by wity64 on September 7, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2006

    Inappropriate situations for the young reader

    While the main character is realistic and the plot and symbolism great for children to read, I feel the adultry and private 'meeting' of a boy and girl that the main character conspires to reveal to the villagers make this book inappropriate for younger readers (who could otherwise enjoy the book and learn about making mistakes and making your own way in the world.) Definately not recommended for those under the age of 13.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    TERRIBLE

    I didn't like this book it was boring. Catherine Called Birdy is better but only because it has a better ending. Before you buy and waste your money check it out at the library

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