By Karen Cushman
From the writer of Catherine, known as Birdy comes one other spellbinding novel set in medieval England. the woman identified in basic terms as Brat has no relatives, no domestic, and no destiny till she meets Jane the Midwife and turns into her apprentice. As she is helping the sharp-tempered Jane carry infants, Brat--who renames herself Alyce--gains wisdom, self assurance, and the braveness to wish whatever from existence: "A complete stomach, a happy center, and a spot during this world." Medieval village lifestyles makes a full of life backdrop for the humorous, poignant tale of the way Alyce will get what she desires. A concluding notice discusses midwifery prior and current. A Newbery Medal booklet.
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The BMW had a satellite navigation system. Of course, that would be standard in a luxury car like this, but this one had risen out of the dashboard like something in a James Bond film, full-colour and with a high-definition screen. What was strange was that it seemed to have activated itself automatically. Neither of the boys had touched anything. “Put in our destination,” Harry commanded. “I don’t know our destination,” Jason said. ” Jason remembered that it was a town on the Suffolk coast. “Yeah.
They had parked in a narrow street, next to a shop selling lanterns, chairs, boxes and chessboards, all of which were hanging off the front wall and spilling onto the pavement. ” Charles Atchley demanded. “This is it,” the driver agreed with a smile. ” Charles whined. “It’s a riad,” his mother explained. ” The truth was that Charles Atchley had never wanted to go to Marrakech. It might be a holiday abroad, but from what he had heard, the city in Morocco would be hot and sweaty with no beaches, no McDonald’s, no amusement parks and nothing much to do at the hotel except sit and read.
Charles Atchley demanded. “This is it,” the driver agreed with a smile. ” Charles whined. “It’s a riad,” his mother explained. ” The truth was that Charles Atchley had never wanted to go to Marrakech. It might be a holiday abroad, but from what he had heard, the city in Morocco would be hot and sweaty with no beaches, no McDonald’s, no amusement parks and nothing much to do at the hotel except sit and read. And as he hated books, what was the point of that? Worse still, the food would be strange, the people would speak little or no English, there would be flies everywhere and he would have to spend hours either walking through ruins or struggling up the Atlas Mountains.