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Catherine, Called Birdy

Cushman, Karen (Book - 1994 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Catherine, Called Birdy
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The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
Authors: Cushman, Karen
Title: Catherine, called Birdy
Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c1994
Characteristics: 169 p. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Karen Cushman
Summary: The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.
ISBN: 0395681863
Branch Call Number: j CUSHMAN
Subject Headings: England Juvenile fiction Diaries Juvenile fiction Middle Ages Juvenile fiction
Topical Term: Diaries
Middle Ages
LCCN: 93023333
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The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.


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love catherine she was a trickster and her self.

Jun 17, 2013
  • ABenoit rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Loved Catherine's spunk when i was a kid.

One of my childhood favourites! I couldn't even begin to count how many times I reread this book when I was younger. A great introduction for children to everyday life in medieval England. Catherine is also an excellent role model for young girls, as she is determined and speaks her mind despite consequences for doing so (women did not tend to have their own opinions during this time). It is also very funny, and girls especially will find it easy to relate to Catherine.

Apr 16, 2013
  • thssf rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a classic. A great historical fiction piece about a spunky 11th century teenage girl who has bigger plans than marrying a rich lord.

Jun 08, 2012
  • Donnalee Smith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Anyone who loves historical fiction may want to give this one a try, and teens who hate historical fiction because they think it is dull and long-winded may want to try this one as well and they will find this a fun, fascinating look at medieval times told through the eyes of a teenage girl. The story is written in diary format and is a really good, fun read.

Nov 11, 2010
  • theresa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Catherine is not your typical medieval “lady”. She has wit and spunk and a whole lot of attitude. The book is extremely funny, while giving you a real taste of what life would have been like during the 11th Century. Although, you may no longer dream of being medieval royalty, you will wish you could meet this engaging teen.

Dec 16, 2009
  • OmNabiel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book is very funny and insightful as to 11 century living. It is such a good read. Both my daughters enjoyed this book as early as age 8. Some words needed explaining, like "vespers" but it increased their vocabulary and comprehension as well as tickled the funny bone.

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