THE PUPPETEER'S APPRENTICE
New York : Simon & Schuster
IL 3-6, RL 5.6
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was left at Dunston Manor when she was a baby. She was a scullery
maid in the kitchen and did the worst jobs for no pay and very little food.
Mouse was beaten by the cook and she was always hungry. One day,
she took some leftover food from the table and she was beaten by the cook
and he cut her face with a kitchen knife. Mouse ran away and was
found in a ditch by three travelers. She learned to love the travelers.
One by one the travelers left Mouse. She found herself all alone
in a bustling town but did not know what she was going to do or how she
would feed herself. While there she saw a puppet show. She
was fascinated with the puppets and how they could dance. Mouse decided
she would become a puppeteer. She begged the puppeteer to let her
learn to operate the puppets. The puppeteer told Mouse she would
never become a puppeteer. When the puppeteer was leaving the town,
Mouse climbed on top of the puppeteer’s wagon and went with the puppeteer.
Mouse begged the puppeteer to take her as an apprentice. The puppeteer
finally agreed to let Mouse try. Mouse made some mistakes but she
learned to love the puppets and the puppeteer, but there was a dark secret
the puppeteer was hiding. One evening, Mouse and the puppeteer were attacked.
Read The Puppeteer’s Apprentice to find out about Mouse’s courage and how
she earned her name. ( Eleanor Haton, South
Carolina Book Awards, 2006)
Puppets -- Fiction.
Orphans -- Fiction.
Middle Ages -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
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