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The Midwife's Apprentice Summary
Karen Cushman

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The Midwife's Apprentice Summary

Plot Summary

The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman is a coming of age tale that tells the story of Alyce, a young girl in her teens during the middle ages.

The novel begins with a young girl, known only as Brat, sleeping in a dung heap. Awakened by teasing boys, Brat meets the midwife who sends her on her way. Brat is able to convince the midwife, Jane, to allow her to work for food, an arrangement that continues until Brat, now known as Beetle to Jane, becomes the midwife's apprentice.

Beetle works hard for the midwife, gradually learning the 'magic' that Jane does when assisting in the births of the village women. Though Jane sometimes treats the girl harshly, Beetle knows no other way and does not really think that she deserves much more out of life. In addition, since Beetle has lived on her own for so many...

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