The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker

The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker
Author: Cynthia C. DeFelice
Language English
Pages: 151
ISBN10: 0374400148
Genre: Historical
Goodreads Rating: 3.66
ISBN13: 9780374400149
Published: February 20th 2007 by Farrar Straus Giroux

A Matter of Life or Death It's 1849, and twelve-year-old, Lucas Whitaker is all alone after his whole family dies of a disease called consumption which has swept through the community. Lucas is grief-stricken 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 power, unwilling to try the cure he calls nonsense. Lucas can't accept Doc's 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. The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.