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

Catherine, Called Birdy

byKaren Cushman

Paperback | June 19, 2012

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Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year-the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.
Karen Cushman 's acclaimed historical novels include Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Midwife's Apprentice, which received the Newbery Medal. She lives on Vashon Island in Washington State. Visit her online at and on Twitter @cushmanbooks.
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


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 "