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Matilda Bone

Matilda Bone

Fall 2000 Fiction
Ages: 10 & Up
Author: Karen Cushman
Publisher: Clarion Books
ISBN: 0-395-88156-0
Hardcover Price: $15.00
Father Leufredus, who raised and educated Matilda is off to London. On his way, he unceremoniously drops the girl at the end of Blood and Bone Alley.

The thirteen year old has spent her life on an impractical religious education. She has been communing with saints and is ill equipped to live in the alley. Peg the Bonesetter, a coarse talented practitioner of medieval medicine befriends her. Peg teaches her that values change and friendships deepen. The richness of the book lies in its setting.

Kemie Nix   ©2000 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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