Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine, Called Birdy

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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.

In her "witty, irreverent diary," Catherine describes her mother's efforts to turn her into a lady, her father's attempts to marry her off, and her resolve to be who she wants to be and live the life she chooses, despite the conventions governing girls of good family in medieval England. A Newbery Honor book. (School Library Journal, starred)


Baker & Taylor
During her fourteenth year, in the year 1290, Catherine keeps a diary in which she details her family's activities and conflicts, the life of their medieval English manor, and her own coming to maturity.

& Taylor

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

Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c1994
ISBN: 9780395681862
Branch Call Number: J FICTION CUSHMAN
Characteristics: 169 p. ; 24 cm


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Mar 02, 2015

A great read!

mollychi2000 Jun 28, 2013

love catherine she was a trickster and her self.

Jun 17, 2013

Loved Catherine's spunk when i was a kid.

Jun 07, 2013

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

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.

Donnalee Smith Jun 08, 2012

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.

Dec 16, 2009

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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Jun 07, 2013

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