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The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker

The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker

by Cynthia DeFelice

Twelve-year-old Lucas Whitaker has lost his entire family to tuberculosis, or "consumption," as it was known in 1849. He wanders alone through the Connecticut countryside, until he is taken in as an apprentice to Dr. Uriah M. Beecher, the local doctor, dentist, apothecary, barber, and undertaker. As consumption rages in their small town, Lucas and Uriah disagree over the use of a strange folk remedy. Lucas wonders desperately if the remedy could have saved his family. Find out more about the battle between science and this strange cure as you read this gripping novel.

Ages
11, 12, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
5.5
Lexile Measure
830L
DRA
50
Guided Reading
U
Publisher
Farrar Straus Giroux
Number of Pages
160
Genre
Historical Fiction

About the Author

Cynthia DeFelice Cynthia DeFelice has written 11 novels and 13 picture books.

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