The Midwife's Apprentice

by Karen Cushman
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What are three or four major events in The Midwife's Apprentice?

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The protagonist is twelve or thirteen at the beginning, wandering the streets, and we only know her as Brat. A midwife, Jane, offers to feed her in exchange for work, and she changes her name to Beetle. Beetle's only friend is a cat named Purr. Beetle takes her third and last name, Alyce, and finally has the chance to deliver a baby on her own. However, Alyce runs away when she's unable to deliver a baby, and her self-confidence is destroyed. She goes to an inn and meets Magister Reese, who teaches her to read. Alyce delivers a baby for a woman at the inn, and the midwife comes looking for her. Alyce insists the midwife take her back because this is what Alyce wants to do with her life.

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