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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,071 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Coolidge Narrator: Susan O’Malley Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455173310
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Twelve-year-old Katy Carr was always dreaming of the time when something would happen to make her famous. But when it does happen, it’s not at all what she wants.

This is the moving story of how Katy Carr overcomes her tragic accident and learns to be as loving and as patient as the beautiful invalid, Helen.

Susan Coolidge’s famous story, set in the small nineteenth-century American town of Burnet, has charmed generations of children all around the world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For children of the right age and temperament, Katy’s interior journey will continue to exert the fascination it has held for so many over the last 140 years.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Not even Miss Alcott apprehends child nature with finer sympathy, or pictures its nobler traits with more skill.”

    Boston Daily Advertiser, 1899

  • “Susan Coolidge has always possessed the affection of her young readers, for it seems as if she had the happy instinct of planning stories that each girl would like to act out in reality.”

     The Critic, 1899

  • “This is the moral side of the story; but its great charm to the little people will lie in the graphic picture of the life of Katy and her five brothers and sisters, before Katy’s accident took place. Not even Miss Alcott herself could have given more vivid pictures of children’s good times and sad scrapes than are in the first half of this story.”

    Century Magazine, 1873

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sophia | 2/13/2014

    " I don't know how I missed this in childhood, when I read most of the Victorian/Edwardian "good invalid" books -- Little Women, The Birds' Christmas Carol, Pollyanna -- but I guess I've read it now. Too bad about the super-preachy moralism in the last third, because the first part of the book is about real children behaving realistically, reminding me of the best of L.M. Montgomery or Laura Ingalls Wilder. The children are charming and fun, kind of like the Five Little Peppers except not poor, and I would much rather have read more about their adventures than about the School of Pain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 2/10/2014

    " A book that inspired me as a child. A great storyline that was brilliantly told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NJ Gatehouse | 2/7/2014

    " This was one of my favourtie books when I was a child and it still is. I find it to be an inspirational and uplifting story, it's one that I often think about when I'm feeling down and that I often recommend to friends who also have fibromyalgia. I still have my copy of this book and I love reading it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nawal | 1/29/2014

    " I bought this book when I was 10 and I instantly fell in love with it. I felt like Katy was me; the eldest child, a bit unruly and always doing things without thinking about the consquence. Plus she was so much fun. The way she dealt with her accident was so realistic and uplifting and it helped her mature alot. However it did sadden me because I felt like she growing up without me as I was still 10. It is definately a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaitlyn Wb | 1/13/2014

    " So lovely to revisit a favorite childhood classic and find that there were two more of them (free on the Kindle!) While predictable, I was glad to re-enter Katy's world and go through Europe with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/11/2014

    " I read this book by recommendation of my sister. I'm glad I read it and I shall read the others in the series. Katy is an interesting character, I can imagine some of the readers would hate her and some love her. It has some good morals without being too preachy. Lovely book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erie | 1/7/2014

    " ini juga buku waktu gue masih smp... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/7/2014

    " I got this book as a gift when I was in primary school and read it as a child. I have just re-read it. As a childrens story it is an entertaining, quick read. It's a classic children's book that I would recommend to any young girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dita | 1/6/2014

    " This ia one of children classic I always love. Until now. Inspiring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin(and Hannah) | 1/1/2014

    " I know this book is very old and was hoping it was more like "Little Women." I found it too slow and not catching my interest. Maybe it wasn't what I was in the mood for, but I just didn't find it as endearing as Alcott or Laura Ingalls Wilder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Veronica Pratt | 12/22/2013

    " I loved this book when I was young, and still love it - will introduce it to my grandaughters when they are a little older. It is possible to become deeply emersed in the Carr family, although the book may be considered 'old fashioned' you could find the charecters in any modern family. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh Mcgrade | 12/8/2013

    " I read it as a child and it taught me a valuable perspective on life that I've continued to carry with me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bron | 12/4/2013

    " I just discovered that all the Katy books are available for free in the Kindle store! I must have read this 50 years ago, it's lovely to revisit and find it as charming as it was to me then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dreamer | 12/3/2013

    " Read & enyed as a child.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mithra Rajah | 11/26/2013

    " The book that triggered my love for travel as a kid.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rupertt Wind | 11/16/2013

    " A very subtle story about growing up and being good. Beautifully caricatured by Susan Coolidge. What Katy did and what she did not managed to do seem to be perched so strongly on reality and the characters on its childish innocence. "

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

    " I read this when I was at school and loved the whole series. I am tempted to revisit them but am scared that they will not be as good as I remember! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 9/19/2013

    " Really sweet book, fans of the Anne of Green Gables series would most likely also enjoy these books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lillerina | 9/15/2013

    " Good grief, I didn't realise how much moralising and moulding this book was up to when I read it as a child. It is very much of its time and a load of nonsense, though a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eryn | 8/21/2013

    " I have only read a couple chapters in this book, but so far it is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katy Cartmell | 7/1/2013

    " I adore this book! Katy is a lovely character - much prefer her to Jo from Little Women for instance! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianna | 6/30/2013

    " I liked this Katy book less than the first two. It read as more of a travelogue than a novel, and not that much happened. It was still a fun read, but I would definitely recommend the first two books over this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlie | 6/18/2013

    " I read this when I was 9 and I loved it, reading and re-reading for years! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raafia | 6/18/2013

    " follies of youth. best book i;ve ever read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 tricia margaret | 6/17/2013

    " A very sweet story.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sally Siawidjaja | 5/24/2013

    " Typical Victorian Story Books about classic romance. Simple and quite boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/26/2013

    " this book was a present from my grandma when i was fairly young.despite the fact that i believe she bought it purely for the name of the main character, katy. this katy, though resembles me, she is loud and rude and busy, but she always means well. i learnt alot through katy's journey. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Palsay | 4/6/2013

    " hihihi...Katy rocks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leli | 3/19/2013

    " sekolah sakit "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mo F | 3/2/2013

    " The first half of the book was entertaining enough, but the pious second half was a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 asdewi | 2/14/2013

    " Waktu kecil, karakter Katy di buku ini tuh jadi inspirasi saya "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Saralyn | 2/10/2013

    " A beautiful book about overcoming challenges you think would be impossible. Another favorite children's book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shoshana | 12/29/2012

    " Meh. First nothing happened, and then predictable things happened. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Snufkin | 11/1/2012

    " I didn't realise I'd skipped a book til now! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Headley Mist | 8/26/2012

    " I was very impressed by the Katy studying the history od Europe before going there and carrying around trivia questions in the pocket. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Geraldine O'donnell | 6/5/2012

    " Not sure if this is the edition I read. These books were a huge influence on my early life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devika | 1/24/2012

    " It doesn't disappoint at all though it has the most amazing prequels! My favorite from the series.. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goldie | 1/23/2012

    " I love the What Katy Did series. It's clean and fresh. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chris | 10/4/2011

    " Couldn't get through it. EVERTHING was turned into a moral for little girls -_- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margali | 5/9/2011

    " Not as enjoyable as the first two -- Katy becomes less interesting as she becomes more "perfect." "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerra | 4/30/2011

    " There is actually an edition of this book in paper back with all three books in it of What Katy Did, What Katy Did Next, and What Katy Did at School. All wonderful books and one of my favorite heart felt stories of all time.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genevieve | 4/16/2011

    " Really sweet book, fans of the Anne of Green Gables series would most likely also enjoy these books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 April | 2/24/2011

    " Started off as enjoyable read, but ended on a rather unredeemable note; it is a kind of "The Taming of the Shrew" in children's form. Caddie Woodlawn turns into Elsie Dinsmore :(

    Really cute book cover though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sidra | 1/21/2011

    " I have always loved this book, even as a teenager. I felt as if could relate to Katy. And when Katy was paralyzed, I too felt paralyzed and learned how to be patient and kind with her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andini | 11/16/2010

    " Another book that I read in elementary school, way back when. I still love Katy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Devika | 11/10/2010

    " It was soo pretty!! Just a normal girl who goes through everyday things and still has a her own uniqueness.. It's beautiful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alsie | 7/17/2010

    " It's mean/sad that poor Elsie gets teased by Katy and Clover. It was a good read for a classic. The bit when Katy falls of the swing is kind of expected actually. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 3/7/2010

    " Was just thinking of rereading these and must do it. Loved teh christmas bit, wanted to kick Helen. Never did like perfection! "

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