Catherine, Called Birdy (Hardcover)

Author: Cushman, Karen

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Product Overview

Set against a backdrop of life on a medieval manor, here is a young girl's account of her 14th year. Catherine feels trapped because her father is determined to marry her off to a rich man. By wit, trickery, and luck, she manages to send several would-be husbands packing. Then comes a man from the north--the oldest, the ugliest, and the richest. Newbery Medal winner; ALA 1995 Best Books of 1995; ALA 1995 Best Books for Young Adults.

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Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780785761495
SKU 30924260
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0785761497
Release Date 10/1/1999
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Karen Cushman
When she was younger, Karen Cushman never thought about becoming a writer; she wanted to be a librarian, movie star, or tap dancer. However, she spent a lot of time reading anything she could get her hands on; her favorite reads were Russian novels and historical fiction. After she graduated from high school, she attended Stanford University, where she majored in Greek and Latin. She tried many careers, including teaching museum studies for 10 years before she began writing at the age of 50, and then wrote three young adult books in a row. In 1995 CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY received a Newbery Honor Award, and in 1996 MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE won the Newbery Medal. All of her books take place during the Middle Ages and deal with how kids might have lived during that time in history. She chose to write about the Middle Ages because she'd always been interested in "the music, the costumes, the pageantry, and the color." She carefully chose the names of her characters from the names of real people she found in old letters and legal documents. Her advice to kids who want to write is, "Read a lot. Write a lot. There's no better way to exercise those writing muscles." A fun fact: her favorite comic books were Donald Duck, Archie, and Little Lulu.
Praise
"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...Comic and thought-provoking, this first novel is a delight."
"The vivid picture of medieval life presents a seemingly eye-witness view of a culture remote from contemporary beliefs. Fascinating and thought-provoking."
From the Publisher
Annotation Catherine, a feisty, outspoken and most unladylike 14-year-old living in the Middle Ages, chronicles her life over one year in a diary given to her by her brother in an attempt to make her more ladylike. Alas, alack, the plan does not work, but one does get to see what life in the middle ages was like, and how woman are subjected to a life full of dull tasks. Readers will root for Catherine (called Birdy because of the birds she keeps in her room) as she thwarts suitors and tries to find her life on her own.
Editors Note 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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