Catherine, Called Birdy

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Product Number: 3K497
Released: Nov 16, 2007
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ISBN: #9781402591068
Narrator/s: Jenny Sterlin
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In 1290, her 14th year, Catherine begins a diary that quickly fills with the irrepressible joys and frustrations of her days. Always looking for ways to avoid drudging hours of embroidery, Birdy fills her time with pranks, celebrations of feast days, and local gossip. Wriggling out of her father's plans to find a prosperous husband for her proves to be Birdy's greatest challenge. As each prospective suitor appears, Birdy blacks her teeth, drools, and does her best to scare him off. These mischievous tricks work until Shaggy Beard, the richest one of all, arrives with his fat purse of silver. Karen Cushman does careful research for each of her books, so Birdy's lively journal is sprinkled with the vivid, personal details of life in medieval England. Catherine, Called Birdy is a Newbery Honor Book. It was chosen as an ALA Children's Notable Book, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and an ALA Quick Picks for Young Adults.

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Author(s): Karen Cushman
Narrator(s): Jenny Sterlin
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Released: Jul 05, 2001
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ISBN: #9780788795206
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Author(s): Karen Cushman
Narrator(s): Jenny Sterlin
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Released: Mar 28, 2011
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Author(s): Karen Cushman
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Released: May 23, 1994
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Author(s): Karen Cushman
Narrator(s): Jenny Sterlin
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Professional reviews

"In England, in 1290, 14-year-old Catherine (called "Birdy" because of the many caged birds she keeps) is keeping a diary, as directed by her older brother. Her observations of life in the Middle Ages are perceptive and witty, and her thoughts and reflections about herself strike a contemporary chord. The book concludes with an excellent short description of medieval life. This Newbery Honor book is given a marvelous performance in British English. Sterlin delivers totally persuasive characters. She reads with such clarity and impeccable diction that even unfamiliar vocabulary is accessible. The wit and humor come across much better in the audio. In addition to having enjoyed a good story, young teens will come away with a vivid image of life in the Middle Ages. S.S.R. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"