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Catherine, Called Birdy

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ISBN13: 9780395681862
ISBN10: 0395681863
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Publisher Comments:

This lovely library of stellar Newbery Honor-winning novels features four favorite adventures: Scott ODells The Black Pearl (1968), Marion Dane Bauers On My Honor (1987), Karen Cushmans Catherine, Called Birdy (1995), and Gary D. Schmidts Wednesday Wars (2008). All four are the latest paperback editions with updated covers, and the set makes a wonderful gift for the voracious reader. Pair with the Newbery Collection boxed set!

 

Praise for The Black Pearl:

“Reverberates with . . . proud admiration of the courage of the human spirit.” -Publishers Weekly

Praise for On My Honor:

“A powerful, soul-stirring novel told simply and well.” -Booklist, starred review

Praise for Catherine, Called Birdy:

“Superb historical fiction.” -School Library Journal, starred review

Praise for The Wednesday Wars:

“Schmidt...makes the implausible believable and the everyday momentous...a gentle, hopeful, moving story.” -Booklist, starred review

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

An essential library of four classic Newbery Honor-winning books:  The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell; On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer; Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman; and The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt.

Synopsis:

This powerful historical fiction debut, set in medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress. As issues of prejudice, heritage, and occupation come to a head, both girls have to find a way to survive.

Synopsis:

Cecilys father has ruined her life. Hes moving them to occupied Wales, where the

king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least

Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there

herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must

wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners,

Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising

ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

Synopsis:

Catherine one day hopes to become a painter, a Crusader, a peddler, a minstrel, a

monk, a wart charmer . . . anything besides being sold like a cheese to the highest

bidder. Winner of the Newbery Honor, this richly entertaining story with an utterly

unforgettable heroine now features a new introduction by Linda Sue Park.

About the Author

Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives now on Vashon Island west of Seattle, Washington. She received an M.A. in human behavior and one in museum studies. Ms. Cushman has had a lifelong interest in history. She says, "I grew tired of hearing about kings, princes, generals, presidents. I wanted to know what ordinary life was like for ordinary young people in other times." Research into medieval English history and culture led to the writing of her first two novels, the Newbery Honor book CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY and the Newbery Medal-winner THE MIDWIFE'S APPRENTICE. She is also the author of MATILDA BONE, THE BALLAD OF LUCY WHIPPLE, RODZINA, and most recently ALCHEMY AND MEGGY SWANN..

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sc123, April 6, 2007 (view all comments by sc123)
The book Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman, was a book that I did not care for. The book takes place in the middle ages, and at the time it was custom for the father to arrange a marriage for his daughter. Catherine is a unique woman for this time period and has an opinion that is strong no matter what; fixed with a stubborn, not-so open mind about marriage. Over time, she finds peace with knowing that she can be herself with some restriction, but in a more mature practical manner. This growing up, makes her and the people around her appreciate the time they spend together.
First off, this book is written all in journal entries. As a reader, I don’t like hearing only one person’s views or feelings on things. Seeing a variety of characters, and opinions, something faster paced, is what readers might prefer. Furthermore this book only takes place on the castle grounds, which I find very boring, there aren’t any exciting page-turner events that occur elsewhere. The last thing is that it takes place in the Dark Ages. I don’t like books that take place in a very depressing, dark and gloomy time. Things in this time frame weren’t as enchanting as say... The Renaissance. Although there is so much history in this book, it was a little hard to view it all because it was in such a compact manner. It was therefore a little harder to read.
Although I did not like this book, it was historically accurate. The daily life seemed very realistic, while taking place in a usual dark and miserable castle. Catherine and her family dined on things such as pheasants, and peacocks and crows that were often eaten in that time. Their clothing also matched what real Lords and Ladies would wear. They particularly liked bright colors and a lot of fur, and luxurious items. The family had the same amount of power over surfs and peasants, having them work in the fields to grow crops as people did in those days too.
Overall, the book, Catherine Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman, was a book that I didn’t like. Even though on Spring Break it was not my favorite thing to read, I still learned many historical events that actually would have happened back in the Middle Ages, that now have helped me further understand what that time was really like.


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Product Details

ISBN:
9780395681862
Author:
Cushman, Karen
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Author:
Schmidt, Gary D.
Author:
O'Dell, Scott
Author:
Coats, J. Anderson
Author:
Bauer, Marion Dane
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - History
Subject:
People & Places - Europe
Subject:
England
Subject:
Middle ages
Subject:
Historical - Medieval
Subject:
Diaries
Subject:
Diaries -- Fiction.
Subject:
England Fiction.
Subject:
Middle Ages -- Fiction.
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-Medieval
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
classics;Newbery Honor;Scott O Dell;Marion Dane Bauer;Karen Cushman;Gary Schmidt
Subject:
medieval;history;Newbery honor;English;historical fiction;heroine;England;diary;
Subject:
debut novel;medieval;Wales;English;power;humor;political drama;battle;history;ad
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
76
Publication Date:
May 1994
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.68 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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Product details 352 pages Clarion Books - English 9780395681862 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by ,
An essential library of four classic Newbery Honor-winning books:  The Black Pearl by Scott O'Dell; On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer; Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman; and The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt.
"Synopsis" by ,
This powerful historical fiction debut, set in medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress. As issues of prejudice, heritage, and occupation come to a head, both girls have to find a way to survive.
"Synopsis" by , Cecilys father has ruined her life. Hes moving them to occupied Wales, where the

king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least

Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there

herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must

wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners,

Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising

ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

"Synopsis" by , Catherine one day hopes to become a painter, a Crusader, a peddler, a minstrel, a

monk, a wart charmer . . . anything besides being sold like a cheese to the highest

bidder. Winner of the Newbery Honor, this richly entertaining story with an utterly

unforgettable heroine now features a new introduction by Linda Sue Park.

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