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Catherine, Called Birdy (1994)

by Karen Cushman

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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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As an audio book read by a delightful young actress, Catherine transported me to another time and place. Made for a few interesting conversations with my teenage daughter.

Re-read (listened) when the title came up as a Lena Dunham production for screen. How will this go?
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  rebwaring | Aug 14, 2023 |
This was a book that was always around when I was young, but I never picked it up. More fool me, because it was an excellent book. I loved the narrative voice; Catherine sounds exactly like I would have at that age. She regularly made me laugh out loud with a well-placed wisecrack or a devastatingly direct statement. I tore through this in a day and really enjoyed it. Would recommend it for those looking for teen historical fiction. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Dec 7, 2022 |
This is a YA novel that I felt was completely interesting and perfectly suitable for this 82 year old reader. ( )
  mykl-s | Nov 12, 2022 |
Interesting. It's entirely written in diary entries by Birdy, a 13th-century knight's daughter. She's mostly complaining about her chores and about the fact that her father will be marrying her off for the family's benefit. Still, there's a lot of description of what life was like then embedded in the entries - her chores show some of how things worked, and what events went on as the seasons changed. It's an era I know something about, and the story tells it pretty straightforwardly. It didn't fascinate me - possibly because I do know the era, I wasn't learning much new - but it was definitely worth reading. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Nov 10, 2022 |
I was expecting excellent historical fiction based in the middle ages. I was expecting a "spirited" young woman protagonist. I wasn't expecting this book to be hilarious -- laugh out loud funny. Catherine has a very pragmatic personality, which leads her into all sorts of hijinks. She's a hellion, with an appreciation for fart jokes and a stubborn streak that will not bow nor quit for any reason. Marvelous. ( )
  jennybeast | Apr 14, 2022 |
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Karen Cushmanprimary authorall editionscalculated
Hyman, Trina S.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leister, BryanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maberly, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to Leah, Danielle, Megan, Molly, Pamela, and Tama, and to the imagination, hope and tenacity of all young women.
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I am commanded to write an account of my days: I am bit by fleas and plagued by family.
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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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An English knight's daughter growing up in the Middle Ages keeps a diary as she struggles against her father's plans to marry her off to some wealthy boor.
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