Matilda Bone

Matilda Bone

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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, baarber-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.
Appalled by her new surroundings, Matilda 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-toungued saints
she turns to for advice.

Filled with a witty dialogue, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807287378
Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Edition description: Unabridged, 3 Cassettes
Product dimensions: 4.57(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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.

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Matilda Bone 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
daisyacg on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
4Q 2PThis was a very niche-specific book. The young girl Matilda becomes an apprentice to a bonesetter and must learn the ways of Red Peg, despite her devout and pious training. The religious undertone was very off-putting for a reader and those without Christian background or interest may not like Matilda because of her constant religious speech and deference to saints. The story was written very well and had nice inserts of humor, but it moved very slowly without any major altering events driving the story.
Jaie22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
More a kids book than the YA I've called it. Therefore, ended far too quickly for my taste.
bluemopitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent story about an apprentice to a bone setter in medieval Europe.Could be used to learn about early European medicine or apprenticeship.
ankhet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Matilda, an orphaned teenager, has been left at the door of a bonesetter by the priest who has practically raised her to stay, work, and learn while he goes to London to return who-knows-when. Matilda thinks herself far above Red Peg, the bonesetter she is left to help, because she, unlike Peg or most people in Peg's town, can read and write Latin, French, and a little Greek, knows all the saints and most of the demons of Hell and knows her numbers.Little does Matilda know that the life she has found herself dropped into has much to teach her, both in temporal and in spiritual matters: Life is not meant to be dour and "holy"-fied; sometimes folk wisdom is better than empty book learning; good friends are better than dead saints.Although Matilda starts the book off very annoying in her sanctimonious self-righteousness, she drops the attitude as she begins to learn the value of street-smarts and folk wisdom. Matilda Bone is similar to Cushman's other books, "Catherine, Called Birdy" and "The Midwife's Apprentice" - even to the point where I could predict several plot points from knowing those books. It's not as good as "Catherine" and is probably on par with "Apprentice."2.5 stars: I would have liked it so-so as a kid, but it's not something which would have stuck with me like good childrens' books have.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so retarted it didnt even say the year i mean seriosly this author is retarted.