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Cushman, Karen.
New York : Clarion, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
ISBN 0395881560
"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." Matilda, an orphan, has been raised by Father Leufredus learning Latin, prayer, the Saints, and nothing, not a thing, of practical value. Abruptly, the good Father drops her off at the medical quarter of a medieval English village.  She is to be apprenticed to Red Peg the Bonesetter, doing nothing BUT practical things. Many of us love to daydream and construct a wonderful fantasy life but few of us try to live that life and try to convince others that it is reality. How could a rough life in an often bloody profession during the Middle Ages ever compete with  an elegant and refined dream world? What will it take to make Matilda aware of the joys to be had by really living instead of pretending and dreaming?  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)
SUBJECTS:     Physicians -- Fiction.
                        Teenage girls -- Fiction.
                        Medicine -- History -- Fiction.
                        Middle Ages -- Fiction.
                        England -- Fiction.


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