Midwife's Apprentice, The (Trophy Newbery)
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Things seem to be going well until Alyce has to confront failure, and she runs away. She finds a new life as an inn girl, washing dishes and doing odd jobs. Over the months she spends at the inn, she learns many new things, not least of which is who and what she really wants to be.
1996 Newbery Award Winner.
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I can't help but wonder if kids who read this might not be a bit confused since it never really says where a baby comes from or what a midwife does, specifically. Heck, anyone could yell at a mother-to-be and call out for herbs, why isn't the husband doing it?
I'm feeling some conflict about whether I'd recommend this book. While on the surface it has strong female characters, the attitude it has regarding sex is negative (sex is not mentioned openly at all, and the implied sex is wrong and the work of the Devil!) and the two main adult women are described as cruel and a cheat. Meanwhile, the boy characters (Will and Edward) are ridiculously idealized.
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