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ISBN13: 9780395681862
ISBN10: 0395681863
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Fans of Karen Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann, newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her; her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London,dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in—not that getting around is ever easy for someone who walks with the help of two sticks.Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation. Earthy and colorful, Elizabethan London has its dark side, but it also has gifts in store for Meggy Swann.

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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.

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
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
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
76
Publication Date:
May 1994
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 0.68 lb
Age Level:
12-17

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"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 , 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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