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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,654 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Janet McTeer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9780307710604
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Orphaned Matilda is not at all pleased when she arrives at Blood and Bone Alley to become an assistant to Red Peg the Bonesetter. She is a religious, well-educated girl who can’t picture herself doing dirty chores or helping sickly patients. 

Each day is very different from her former quiet life. Matilda’s not used to being around so many people who are coming and going, laughing and eating. Not one of them seems interested in prayer or study. 

Self-centered Matilda thinks no one understands her. But Peg does, and gives her time to get used to this new way of life and teaches her through kindness and friendship. Matilda is as surprised as anyone when she begins seeing the world around her in a different way.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristin | 2/1/2014

    " This Book is HYSTERICAL!!!! It's really good. Especially if you have kids 8 years old or older. But you have to listen to on tape. Thats the best way, then you get all of the funniness. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/26/2014

    " A charming and entertainingly educational tale out of the middle ages. Thank goodness for modern medicine. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 1/19/2014

    " This is the story of the orphan Matilda, a girl raised by a priest in a medieval manor house. She reads, knows every saint of the church, and speaks Latin, but possess few skills that will help her when she becomes Red Peg's apprentice. Karen Cushman always has the most wonderful characters, and she has done it again with this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 1/14/2014

    " The book was a little boring in the beginning, as it didn't quite grab my attention there, but it started getting better in the middle. I didn't quite get the whole story except the fact that (view spoiler)[ there is a girl that got sent to be the apprentice of a bonesetter (hide spoiler)] and I also thought that there wasn't exactly a main point in the story until I got to the end. I started getting the whole point of the story near the end, so I wish I got the point a lot sooner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melody | 1/4/2014

    " I liked this, though I found it fairly heavy-handed. Young Matilda has been raised by a priest to be humble but learned in Latin, to be obedient and not to question, to be a priggish pain in the tush, in other words. She's suddenly sent to live with Red Peg the Bonesetter, and oh, how Matilda hates this new life where Latin isn't important, and God is about love instead of punishment, and where the unschooled and the ignorant help people in distress. Heavy-handed, but sweet and well-researched and worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Masek | 1/2/2014

    " I love historical fiction and I have enjoyed other books by this author. This book is no exception. Delightful characters, interesting story and lots of accurate historical facts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/31/2013

    " Delightful! Wonderful details of the medical care available in the Middle Ages, and an interesting heroine as well! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hillary | 12/21/2013

    " I had fond memories of 2 other books by Karen Cushman--The Midwife's Apprentice and Catherine Called Birdy. This was an interesting and quick read, although not too deep--even for a children's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Cunha | 12/10/2013

    " I saw this book in the Children' Lit section of the college library, and it kept nagging at me. Great tale based around Medieval medicine! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denni | 12/5/2013

    " I enjoyed taking a look back to medieval medicine through the eyes of a young girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morag | 11/18/2013

    " A super easy read, and incredibly enjoyable. The historic details are fantastic. I love all of Karen Cushman's books! This is probably my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zaira | 10/31/2013

    " A pretty good book but a few parts are pretty confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AlixJamie | 6/26/2013

    " I thought this book was really interesting, funny and thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly Hunt | 5/3/2013

    " Ms. Cushman is fine writer who always provides relatable characters and fantastic historical detail. I found this book to end a bit abruptly and could have used a bit more resolution but the heroines story and her journey were fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenette | 11/30/2012

    " A very good look of a two view side of God in the middle ages, as well as a look at medical practices of the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise Cuenin | 9/25/2012

    " Great youth story: historical/coming-of-age fiction set in medieval England. As with all Karen Cushman's book, the chacters are great, flawed and special in some way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lia | 9/24/2012

    " Great book to show change in perception over time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sydney | 5/19/2012

    " I love the medieval era, so I decided to read this book. It is small and a real easy read. I really liked how it had a lot of information on the peasants in the medieval era. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ronna | 5/14/2012

    " An orphan in medieval circumstances with a pious character transforms into the Saint she never knew was available. Full of intriguing Medieval life descriptions of a bonesetter and other "Blood and Bone" alley careers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 1/5/2012

    " one of my favorite young adult authors- smart, funny, feminist stuff. i enjoy it and i'm 25. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Polk | 11/8/2011

    " Great for our medival unit study. My children enjoyed listening to this book on tape. We were not disappointed at the end of this book. It is very good with details from that period. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 9/23/2011

    " Interesting to learn about medieval bonesetting and medicine. Quick, pleasant story of a girl who has to learn to work and accept responsiblity for her fate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robina | 5/19/2011

    " Cushman's effortless style belies her craft (both in terms of research and writing). This book is beautifully done, with likeable characters and lots of food for thought. A great feminist YA read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 4/10/2011

    " A charming and entertainingly educational tale out of the middle ages. Thank goodness for modern medicine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanin | 11/23/2010

    " I read "The Midwife's Apprentice" and loved it so much I went on and read the rest of Karen Cushmans books. I think this was one of my very favorites. She has such plucky female characters. I love that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna | 9/24/2010

    " Sans doute un peu naïf par moments, mais tout de même un bon livre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Catharine | 8/14/2010

    " I thought this book was fairly predictable and a bit short to really develop things well enough. I think young readers may enjoy it but I felt that the author might have had a better book if it was allowed to be longer and written for readers a few years older. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 7/26/2010

    " Not my favorite of her books. Interesting info on Medieval medicine, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan457 | 4/26/2010

    " I enjoyed the picture of life and medicine in the middle ages. The protagonist was a rather whiny, opinionated, know it all, angry, teenager, who was only mildly likable, though she got better by the end of the book.
    A quick and compelling read. "

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About the Author
Author Karen CushmanKaren Cushman is the author of the Newbery Medal book The Midwife’s Apprentice, the Newbery Honor book Catherine, Called Birdy, and Matilda Bone, all set in medieval England and available on audio from Listening Library. Francine Green is the third Cushman protagonist whose story is set in the USA, joining Rodzina and Lucy Whipple.
About the Narrator

Janet McTeer is one of Britain’s leading actresses. She has made her principal impact in theater, playing many classical roles, including Rosalind in As You Like It and Nora in Ibsen’s A Doll’s House on Broadway. Her performance of the title role in Schiller’s Mary Stuart was especially memorable. She grew up in York and has a distinct ear for accents which made her an ideal reader for Wuthering Heights.