The Midwife’s Apprentice…


As mentioned here many times before, our family has been on a multi-year journey of reading together (many of the selections being Newbery Medal Award Winners).  

The list below does not include the works that failed to win the award (but that we still enjoyed together) such as the seven books included in The Chronicles of NarniaHatchet (an honor recipient), The Hobbit, or the The Starcatchers Series (which we are still working through). 
Here is the list to date (along with my respective reviews)… 
  1. The One and Only Ivan (2013)
  2. The Giver (1994) 
  3. The Tale of Despereax (2004)
  4. Bridge to Terabithia (1978) 
  5. Dead End in Norvelt (2012)
  6. Out of the Dust (1998)
  7. Bud, Not Buddy (2000)
  8. Kira-Kira (2005)
  9. Shiloh (1992)
  10. Flora & Ulysses (2014)
  11. A Year Down Yonder (2001)
  12. Crispin: The Cross of Lead (2003)
  13. The Midwife’s Apprentice (1996)
  14. A Single Shard (2002) 
  15. When You Reach Me (2010)
  16. Holes (1999)
  17. A Wrinkle in Time (1963)
  18. The Higher Power of Lucky (2007)
  19. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! (2008)
  20. The Graveyard Book (2009)
  21. The View From Saturday (1997)
  22. Moon Over Manifest (2011)
  23. Criss Cross (2006)
Like Crispin, this book is historical fiction.  I enjoyed taking breaks throughout the book to explain more about the times in which these individuals lived – what they ate, wore, lived, worshipped, etc.  However, I also had to take time to explain the dangers of superstition and false spirituality (not to mention that I had to skim over just a couple of words and paragraphs due to what I would deem age-appropriateness).  
Some of my favorite quote from the second book can be found in Instagram.  This was a simple story.  Sometimes a bit too simple to hold my audience.  Even so, I would recommend the book to young readers.  

Now on to our next Newbery Award winner – Walk Two Moons.  My oldest daughter has already read and loved it.  Any thoughts? 

The Midwife’s Apprentice…

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