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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Kate Maberly Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553750584
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Karen Cushman's Newbery Honor-winning book tells the story of a medieval girl who works to avoid the marriage her father has arranged for her during her 14th year.

Contained in this program is Catherine's diary -- Catherine, called Little Bird or Birdy, daughter of Rollo and the lady Aislinn, sister to Thomas, Edward, and the abominable Robert.

Begun this 12th day of September in the year of Our Lord 1290...I am commanded to write an account of my days. I am bit by fleas and plagued by family...Tangled my spinning again. Corpus bones, what a torture...Spent two hours embroidering a cloth for the church and three hours picking out the stitches after my mother saw it...Picked off twenty-nine fleas today.

Catherine's mother wants to teach her the skills of the lady of the manor and to prepare her to be a gentle and patient wife. Her father wants only to see her married off, and profitably. Catherine fancies herself a painter, a Crusader, a maker of songs, a peddler, a minstrel, a monk, a wart charmer...Of all the possibilities, she has ruled out only one: being sold like cheese to the highest bidder.

Against a vivid backdrop of everyday life on a medieval English manor, Catherine's earthy, spirited account of her fourteenth year is a richly entertaining story with an utterly unforgettable heroine. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 1995 Newbery Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meisha | 2/18/2014

    " Much laughing ensued as I read this book, and I still laugh upon rereading. I simultaneously relate to and admire Catherine very much. She has clever schemes, and delightfully yet truthfully describes both living in the middle ages and being a teenage girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beka | 2/17/2014

    " I definitely went through a medieval phase and I love some of the things that that introduced me too, including this book. I enjoyed Catherine's spunk and sense of humor. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kimmie | 2/17/2014

    " Such a fun book that makes me know that I was certainly born in the right era for me! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rusty | 2/16/2014

    " Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushan (Newbery Award winner): There must be something of a child in me to so enjoy this book written in the form of Catherine's diary or maybe it's the wit and talent of the author who makes this young woman sound lke children I know and love. I chuckle again and again as I read about Catherine's efforts to avoid betrothal! Cushman write about this period for young girls so that they can in some way understand how life must have been for them. Cathernine, the girl presented in this novel is a mischievous tomboy in every sense of the word. A worthwhile read indeed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 2/12/2014

    " This little book was just my cup of tea. It's nice to feel like I'm learning a little bit as I'm being thoroughly entertained. Sure, it stretches credibility for the time period (1290), but Cushman made it work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Genevieve | 2/9/2014

    " An essential book for young girl readers; I'm glad that I was born late enough to read this growing up. Catherine is sharp, witty, and one of the more engaging heroines in children's literature. The Middle Ages come vibrantly to life--unpleasant aspects included, but we see them through warm and human eyes. And the book is utterly hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiley Pope | 2/8/2014

    " I love this book! I like the way that Karen Kushman introduced Catherine. Karen clearly showed that Catherine was almost like a tomboy and wished to get married to who she pleased! I highly recommend that you read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/28/2014

    " Loved the journal style in which Catherine's tale was told. Very fun story and I love that it's so full of what life was actually like back in 1290 a.d. Glad to live in the 21st century! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelina | 1/20/2014

    " I think my favorite thing about this is how the main character surprises herself with what she's learned about people at the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Kienlen | 1/8/2014

    " I liked the historical aspects of it. It wasn't a page turner. I liked the girl having a strong voice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alia | 12/29/2013

    " read the hilarious journal of a medieval "young lady" "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/28/2013

    " One of my favorite books from my childhood. :) My mother-in-law introduced me to this book and "The Midwife's Apprentice". She was my elementary school librarian! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krybski | 12/12/2013

    " This is by far my all time favorite book about a strong-willed and stubborn girl who refuses to be married off to any number of awful men her father chooses. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katelyn | 10/15/2013

    " I loved this book! A headstrong girl telling us her story in the form of her diary. She is trying to buck her traditional role in medieval England. Great YA book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica Valentine | 8/11/2013

    " A quirky little novel in the style of a diary. Catherine is stubborn and funny. Great for anyone interested in the Middle Ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariah Smith | 7/25/2013

    " Enjoyable book about a spirited girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia | 6/5/2013

    " Great historical novel for kids and anyone who loves a quick read. Her narrator is always wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sierra | 3/31/2013

    " One of my childhood favorites, I was immediately taken by Catherine's spunk and independence. She is a free spirit and very much a child, but her strength of character and kindness soften her. Always a fun read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ♥Tiffany♥ | 10/9/2012

    " I was a little bored with this book and still a little unsure of what the true message and meaning was. The whole book consists so journal entries. I liked it but will probably never read it again.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie Jewett | 9/25/2012

    " Loved it. Besides a great story, it provides insight into medieval life that I find really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni | 9/24/2012

    " Catherine rules. And as she would say, "there is no more to say." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renae M. | 9/20/2012

    " One of the most interesting historical fiction novels I've ever read. Didn't even mind the diary format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 7/20/2012

    " Hilarious! I loved this witty little book about a young woman in Medieval times. Catherine is young and doesn't want to be married off at the age of 15 to anyone she doesn't like. She gives her family no end of trouble. Great little book! Easy historical YA fiction. Highly recommend this one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 4/6/2012

    " I can't believe how many times I read this book as a kid... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn Cook | 3/27/2012

    " Catherine is a strong 13-year-old who doesn't fall in the mold of what she is supposed to think and do. There are lots of real-life examples of life in the middle ages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 2/25/2012

    " I read this one over and over when I was about ten to twelve. It's fun historical fiction about a girl that age. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman is the author of many acclaimed historical novels including Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Midwife’s Apprentice, which received the Newbery Medal.