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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,689 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Cushman Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve Clark | 2/16/2014

    " I liked "Catherine" quite a bit, with only one qualifier: the trouble with books that set out to portray what life was really like for a regular person in any given situation is that they sometimes drag a bit through what life was really like for a regular person in that given situation, and you can find yourself longing, at least a bit, for something extraordinary in the situation, or in the character's response to whatever their situation is. That being said, this is still an enjoyable tale of life in medieval Britain, told from the perspective of a girl in her fourteenth year. While no Katniss or Bella, she is appealling nonetheless in her spunky rebellion against the cloying tedium that marks her life. It's hard to imagine not coming away with a fondness for her, an appreciation for many of the people around her, and certainly, a better understanding of what life was like in this part of the world seven or eight hundred years ago. A fine piece of historical fiction in an era that usually isn't found in books without fantastical elements muddying the picture. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Melani | 2/14/2014

    " I read this book a long time ago and really liked it. I read it again over the last few days. I like the book but it is a little pessimistic because the main character is not very happy, but it all works out for the best. I was really surprised by all the holidays they had in medievel Britain. Plus, how everyday is a saints day. It was insightful into the period the book is set. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Megan Lengel | 2/9/2014

    " Medieval diary writer refuses to do what her parents want. You go, girl! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Karli | 1/30/2014

    " I think that Catherine, called Birdy was very long and boring. I did not find the majority of the book attention grabbing or even very interesting. I did not enjoy this book very much. I think the plot line is awesome, it is a great historical fiction topic but I found that this book could have definitely been better. It was difficult for me to finish. "

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