The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker

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By Cynthia DeFelice
Publisher Camelot Books
The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
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A Matter of Life or DeathIts 1849, and twelveyearold, Lucas Whitaker is all alone after his whole family dies of a disease called consumption which has swept through the community. Lucas is griefstricken and filled with guilt. He might have saved his mother, who was the last to die, if only he had listened to news of a strange cure for this deadly disease.Unable to manage the family farm by himself, Lucas finds work as an apprentice to Doc Beecher, doctor, dentist, barber and undertaker. Doc amputates a leg as easily as he pulls a tooth, yet when it comes to consumption, he remains powerless, unwilling to try the cure he calls nonsense. Lucas cant accept Docs disbelief, and he joins others in the dark ritual they believe is their only hope. The startling results teach Lucas a great deal about fear, desperation, and the scientific reasoning that offers hope for a true cure.A School Library Journal Best Book of the YearAn ALA Notable Book for ChildrenA New York Public Library 1997 Best Books for the TeenageA CBC Notable Childrens Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies for 19970001 Minnesotas Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Masterlist

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30549 words30,549 words
160 pages160 pages
Lexile 830LLexile 830L
Grade 5 to 9Grade 5 to 9
Age 10-14Age 10-14
Published 1998Published 1998

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