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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: Listening Library Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 14th year is a richly entertaining story with an utterly unforgettable heroine.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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