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Matilda Bone

By Karen Cushman & Adam Gidwitz
Matilda Bone by Karen Cushman & Adam Gidwitz digital book - Fable

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Newbery Medal-Winning Author: A sheltered, self-involved girl finds herself apprenticed to a bonesetter in medieval England in a tale “laced with humor” (Kirkus Reviews).

Into the fascinating, pungent setting of Blood and Bone Alley, home of leech, barber-surgeon, and apothecary, comes Matilda, raised by a priest to disdain worldly affairs and focus on spiritual matters. To Matilda’s dismay, her work will not involve Latin or writing, but practical tasks: lighting the fire, going to market, mixing plasters and poultices, and helping Peg treat patients. She is appalled by the worldliness of her new surroundings, and the sharp-tongued saints she turns to for advice are no help at all. 

Filled with the witty dialogue and richly authentic detail that Karen Cushman’s work is known for, 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. 

“Will capture readers’ imaginations and hearts.” —VOYA

“This humorous, frank look at life in the medical quarters in medieval times shows readers that love and compassion, laughter and companionship, are indeed the best medicine.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

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