Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen CushmanCatherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

Catherine, Called Birdy

byKaren Cushman

Paperback | June 19, 2012

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Newbery Honor Winner "[Catherine's] tenacity and ebullient naiveté are extraordinary . . . a delight." - Kirkus Reviews, starrred review "Superb historical fiction." - School Library Journal, starred review&nbspCatherine one day hopes to become a painter, a Crusader, a peddler, a minstrel, a monk, a wart charmer . . . anything besides being sold like a cheese to the highest bidder. Winner of the Newbery Honor, this&nbsprichly entertaining story with an utterly unforgettable heroine now features a new introduction by Linda Sue Park.
Karen Cushman has had a lifelong interest in history and "wanted to know what ordinary life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Her research led to the writing of Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor book, and The Midwife's Apprentice, a Newbery Medal winner. She lives on Vashon Island, Washington. Visit her...
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Title:Catherine, Called BirdyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.42 inPublished:June 19, 2012Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547722184

ISBN - 13:9780547722184

Reviews

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Anticlimactic This book was hard to read and all together not that interesting. But the biggest problem I have with it is that the entire goal throughout the entire book just gets thrown away at the end and the main character gives in to what she was fighting, making the story kind of useless. Not horrible, but a disappointing ending to a not so great book.
Date published: 2017-06-04

Editorial Reviews

This unusual book provides an insider's look at the life of Birdy, 14, the daughter of a minor English nobleman. The year is 1290 and the vehicle for storytelling is the girl's witty, irreverent diary. . . . Superb historical fiction." -School Library Journal, Starred"The period has rarely been presented for young people with such authenticity; the exotic details will intrigue readers while they relate more closely to Birdy's yen for independence and her sensibilities toward the downtrodden. Her tenacity and ebullient naivete are extraordinary; at once comic and thought-provoking, this first novel is a delight." -Kirkus Reviews with Pointers "