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Catherine, Called Birdy
Synopses & Reviews
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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