Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker

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Price
$16.99  $15.80
Publisher
Square Fish
Publish Date
Pages
160
Dimensions
5.08 X 7.62 X 0.41 inches | 0.31 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780374400149

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About the Author
Cynthia DeFelice was the author of many bestselling titles for young readers, including the novels Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee, as well as the picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath. Her books were nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. Cynthia was born in Philadelphia in 1951. As a child, she was always reading. Summer vacations began with a trip to the bookstore, where she and her sister and brothers were allowed to pick out books for their summer reading. "To me," she said, "those trips to the bookstore were even better than the rare occasions when we were given a quarter and turned loose at the penny-candy store on the boardwalk." Cynthia worked as a bookseller, a barn painter, a storyteller, and a school librarian. She and her husband lived in Geneva, New York. She died at age seventy-two in 2024.
Reviews

"It is 1849, and 12-year-old Lucas watches his entire family die from consumption...Readers will experience a period when even a doctor's knowledge was very limited, and through Lucas's eyes, will come to realize how fear and desperation can make people willing to try almost anything." --Starred, School Library Journal

"A fascinating story . . . Readers will experience a period when even a doctor's knowledge was very limited, and through Lucas's eyes, will come to realize how fear and desperation can make people willing to try almost anything." --Starred, School Library Journal

"Skillfully gives readers enough historical information to see the reasoning behind the macabre practice [to cure consumption] and creates in Lucas a flesh and blood boy going through a most difficult time." --Booklist

"The pace . . . is brisk in spite of a wealth of detail that not only establishes the setting but exposes beliefs and attitudes of the day regarding health, hygiene, and witchcraft." --The Horn Book

"Conveys with feeling how desperation and ignorance can lend plausibility to the wildest tales." --Kirkus Reviews