New York : Clarion, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 6.1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Reader's Choice Awards)
Physicians -- Fiction.
Teenage girls -- Fiction.
Medicine -- History -- Fiction.
Middle Ages -- Fiction.
England -- Fiction.
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