Matilda Boneby Karen Cushman
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In her long-awaited new novel, Newbery medalist Karen Cushman assembles a cast of unforgettable characters in a fascinating and pungent setting: the medical quarter of a medieval English village. To Blood and Bone Alley, home of leech, barber-surgeon, and apothecary, comes Matilda, raised by a priest to be pious and learned, and now destined to assist Red Peg the Bonesetter. To Matilda’s dismay, her work will not involve Latin or writing, but lighting the fire, going to market, mixing plasters and poultices, and helping Peg treat patients. Matilda is appalled by the worldliness of her new surroundings and yearns for the days at the manor when all she did was study and pray. Lonely and misunderstood, she seems destined for a fate as tragic as that of any of the sharp-tongued saints she turns to for advice.
Filled with the witty dialogue and richly authentic detail that Karen Cushman’s work is known for, Matilda Bone is a compelling comic novel about a girl who learns to see herself and others clearly, to laugh, and to live contentedly in this world. Author’s note.
SOURCE: VOYA, December 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 5)
"This humorous, frank look at life in the medical quarters in medieval times shows readers that love and compassion, laughter and companionship, are indeed the best medicine." School Library Journal, Starred
The "fascinating information [in the afterword] is just as interesting as Matilda's tale." Horn Book
Editor's Pick. Highly Recommended. "It has become my favorite Cushman book." Book Report
"The plight of thirteen-year-old Matilda will capture readers' imaginations and hearts." VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
"Reader's who've appreciated Cushman's medieval visions will want to travel back with her again here." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Meet the Author
Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives now on Vashon Island west of Seattle, Washington. She received an M.A. in human behavior and one in museum studies. Ms. Cushman has had a lifelong interest in history. She says, "I grew tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals, presidents. I wanted to know what ordinary life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Research into medieval English history and culture led to the writing of her first two novels, the Newbery Honor book CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY and the Newbery Medal-winner THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE. She is also the author of MATILDA BONE, THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE and, most recently, RODZINA.
Karen Cushman's acclaimed historical novels include Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Midwife's Apprentice, which received the Newbery Medal. She lives on Vashon Island in Washington State. Her website is www.karencushmanbooks.com.
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It was a great story!It was abit mean that Father Lufradeus'i think thats how you spell it'didn't come back for her.
Matilda Bone is a religious young woman that has been delievered to Blood and Bone Alley. She is not fitting in well in her new surroundings, being much different than her former life. She has lived with Father Leufradeus and has learned many skills. When she is delievered to Peg, the bone setter she is surprised when she is ordered to accomplish tasks such as cleaning and cooking. Even though Matilda despises Peg she is all the while learning to listen to her heart and make her own decisions.With Father Leufreduas she learns to read and write and she can repeat bible verses like it's the back of her hand.When she first arrives in Blood and Bone Alley she believes that because the people weren't as smart and didn't believe the things she did that they were sins from God. Peg had told Matilda about her husband Tom, who she said was wise. When Tom came home from traveling, Matilda was dissapointed that he could not speak different languages or do the things she could. He was wise in other ways that she did not understand.Matilda later meets a servant girl and soon become friends but when her friend severely injures herself she understands that doctor Margery can care for her even though it means breaking her reputation with the doctor. Matilda neither liked nor needed this doctor, she willingly accepted the weatlthy physician though. Throughout the story you learn about the insecure Matilda and sense the magical feelings of her difficult life. Karen Cushman,the author of many medieval novels including The Midwife's Apprentice, has entertained readers with her sincere way of writing.Matilda learns so many life lessons in Blood and Bone Alley from many people within the busy town. She walks you through her interesting life as you sit back and enjoy the enchanted ride throught the distant medieval world.
This a mazing book, while to some might be hard to get through, is an amazing story of a young woman adapting to a world she has never known. Matilda has always lived in a manor where everthing was provided to her comfort as long as she kept up her religiouss studies. She has never known any other life. So when she is told to do the meanial tasks of a kitchen wench, of course there's a problem. She surrouned by "filthy, unholy people and cats!" What's a girl to do?
1. The book contained 197 pages of boredom 2. There was no interesting plot or theme involved. 3. The characters were not interesting to read about. 4. The main character was a brat and had no morals in the beginning. 5. The setting was not very exciting. 6. Although the book was a breeze to read, it was not challenging at all. 7. Throughout the entire book, nothing really thrilled me. 8. The moral of the story had nothing to do with the book. 9. I would not recommend this book to my friends. 10. Overall, I wasted my time picking this book. The author wrote many other good books, but this one did not satisfy me. Thank you!
This book was so retarted it didnt even say the year i mean seriosly this author is retarted.