Catherine, Called Birdy

Catherine Called Birdy Corpus Bones I utterly loathe my life Catherine feels trapped Her father is determined to marry her off to a rich man any rich man no matter how awful But by wit trickery and luck Catherine manage

  • Title: Catherine, Called Birdy
  • Author: Karen Cushman
  • ISBN: 9780060739423
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Corpus Bones I utterly loathe my life Catherine feels trapped Her father is determined to marry her off to a rich man any rich man, no matter how awful But by wit, trickery, and luck, Catherine manages to send several would be husbands packing Then a shaggy bearded suitor from the north comes to call by far the oldest, ugliest, most revolting suitor of them all U Corpus Bones I utterly loathe my life Catherine feels trapped Her father is determined to marry her off to a rich man any rich man, no matter how awful But by wit, trickery, and luck, Catherine manages to send several would be husbands packing Then a shaggy bearded suitor from the north comes to call by far the oldest, ugliest, most revolting suitor of them all Unfortunately, he is also the richest Can a sharp tongued, high spirited, clever young maiden with a mind of her own actually lose the battle against an ill mannered, piglike lord and an unimaginative, greedy toad of a father Deus Not if Catherine has anything to say about it

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    • J.G. Keely says:

      Entertaining, but overall highly anachronistic. Yet another author who transplants a spunky, modern heroine into a vastly different culture without an explanation of how such a character could have developed. People forget that 'teenagers' have only existed since the middle of the last century.I wish Cushman had created a protagonist who was both engaging to the reader and able to provide illumination of how much people have changed over time. That's the book I want for my kids. You know, if I w [...]

    • Carre Gardner says:

      If there were a 6-star rating, I'd give it to this book. When it won the Newbery Medal for Children's Literature, it was Cushman's first book. It's Hi. Lar. I. Ous. Birdy is the 14-year old daughter of a 14th-century landowner in Merrie Olde Englande. While her father plots suitable arranged marriages for her and her mother tries to prepare her for being a wife by teaching her manners, needlework and herbal medicine, Birdy, the ultimate tomboy, plots ways to get rid of the suitors and sneak off [...]

    • Madeline says:

      In reality, this probably isn't a five-star book, but I'm giving it such a high rating because this is the book that made me love reading.I first picked it up in 4th grade and started reading it for no particular reason, and I loved it so much I decided to read all of Karen Cushman's other books as well. The rest is history. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Catherine complains about her brother Robert and how he likes to "drown ants by pissing on the anthill."Ten-year-old Madeline: " [...]

    • Delyna says:

      My biggest complaint about this book is how horribly she speaks of her father. We listened to it on CD (edition wasn't available to post) but the girl who does the reading has a very "common" accent. Combined with her sharp tongue I couldn't feel for the character. She sounded like she should be cleaning out the stables instead of the daughter of a knight and a lady. In fact you are always surprised when she mentions a servant.It is written in diary format which is so popular for this age group [...]

    • linda says:

      Recently reread this for probably the hundredth time and continue to love Catherine entirely too much. Sadly, a revisit to this book as an adult highlights, to my great despair, that I always wanted her to marry the goatherd, and that part of me has been mourning the fact that she doesn't for like more than a decade. What is my life. Accessible for kids and (obviously) for adults, it felt very in the moment, like I could see and hear and live all the delights and discomforts of Catherine's time [...]

    • Avalley says:

      Corpus bones, this book was terrible. i hated it. it was very boring and horrible.

    • wanderer says:

      I won't be able to read another book for a while. I'm ruined. This book boasts a delightful heroine, and in spite of the (wonderful!) medieval setting, all the angst and rebellion and other feelings I had in my own adolescence came spilling out of the pages. Kids are kids, no matter when or where. I loved the characters (the goat boy, the dairy maid, the brothers, the uncle, the best friend!), the hilarious diary entries, the main character's love of animals (from ants to sad, dancing bears!), a [...]

    • Allen Sockabasin says:

      Gods thumbs!!!!! It was horrible and i hated it.

    • Emily says:

      They found the remains of several spindles, many skeins of wool, and an unfinished tapestry in the muck from the privy. Why is everyone so certain they are mine? Catherine is the best. I wanted to be her best friend when I was ten, and I now want to read her adult diary more than anything in the world.

    • Emily says:

      I didn't like it at first. After I got farther into it, I started disliking it even more. I will say, I LOVED the ending. I had predicted that she had liked this guy, and I was right!

    • Bix says:

      Cushman's Newbery Honor-winning book is wonderfully evocative, with its remarkably realized, feisty heroine determined to have a say in her own destiny, despite the strictures of her medieval society. Hilarious, endearing, and determined, Birdy's trenchant observations of the life around her are told with a refreshingly earthy honesty so real and direct that you put down the book sadly, feeling like you're being parted from a dear friend. Cushman manages to create her historical period in such i [...]

    • Heidi-Marie says:

      This is one of the "classic" books that they like you to read in late elementary school or early junior high. I'm sure it would hold the attention for that age. And it is rather intriguing to read a book set in medieval times, especially with a spunky heroine. But there were quite a few bawdy references, though they were made to be light or humourous. Perhaps it was like that back then, I don't know. I do know that I don't like that kind of humor, or that kind of talk in general. I certainly did [...]

    • Lars Guthrie says:

      I'm foregoing a real review, except to say that I highly recommend this provocative and personal glimpse into the middle ages. Karen Cushman has done her research and put together a marvelous novel which should be an exciting find for young readers. Catherine is an exciting, witty and empathetic character whose 'journal' makes the work concrete and vibrant. The problem, as I've noted with other great books such as 'Tuck Everlasting' and 'Dragonwings,' is that the joy of finding a good book that [...]

    • Leah says:

      Sassy and charming and full of wit, I had completely forgotten how hilarious Catherine and this novel were! Or maybe I didn’t get some of the humor at the time? Either way, I’m thrilled I decided to pick this one up again after so many years and I know it’s one I’ll be revisiting time and time again.For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!

    • Tatiana says:

      Excellent! Both funny and historically realistic.Books like this is why I would never want to live in the past (even if there was a hot Scott involved) - dirt, stench, sickness, boredom, ugh.

    • Emily says:

      Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman was not one of my favorite books. Catherine had many of the characteristics of Ella from Ella Enchanted, such as determination, wit, and assertiveness, but without the vivacity which came through in the characterization of Ella. I found myself not really caring what happened to Catherine. The format of the novel was interesting. Over the years, I’ve realized that writing in first person without becoming repetitive, pedantic and downright boring is dif [...]

    • Leah H. says:

      Catherine, Called Birdy is a book that I probably would't have picked up on my own, seeing as I am not a big fan of historical fiction books. The book wasn't like I expected it to be, and could be pretty interesting in some parts. I found it a bit slow in some parts, and the setup of the book was different then I was used to. It definitely wasn't a favorite of mine, but I would recommend it to anyone who really enjoys historical fiction books.

    • MJ says:

      I have memories of seeing this book on the shelf of my grade-school library, but for some reason I never got around to actually reading it. Now thanks to the magic of rentable ebooks, I can finally give myself the childhood reading experience I was lacking!!!Or kind of. I think for sure that I would've loved this a lot more as a kid, yet at the same time I would've understood far less (all the references to people "tumbling" lmao). There's a real transitional feeling about this book; it's a perf [...]

    • Laura Garding says:

      There were a few times where I was a little bit bored with it. That could have been partly due to the fact that it was written for a much younger audience and some things I am just not interested in that I would have found fascinating when I was a teenager. It was a pretty fun book for the most part though. I was surprised at how much I laughed as I read this book. The main character was quite comical and had a very different personality than I was expecting. She acted very much like I would thi [...]

    • Devon says:

      Catherine Called Birdy was a witty, charming book to read. Catherine is such a great character because while she is aware that Edward will eventually read her journal, she is hilariously honest in her evaluations of people. She avoids her suitors at all costs, and comes up with all kinds of schemes to drive them away. Catherine is a relatable, down to earth character that feels real, with her devious nature and aversion to growing up, because while most teenagers want to be older and have more c [...]

    • Sara says:

      God's thumbs! I love this book. I fell for the way that Catherine is both hella feminist and kickass and also, generally, period-appropriate. She's not spouting fully formed ideas that don't fit her worldview or her setting, but is instead showing how women of her time and place sought to define a space for themselves, sought to better their situation bit by bit, by finding a way into marrying a boy who seems relatively okay and thoughtful instead of a gross creep or a violent drunk. By painting [...]

    • Jennifer says:

      This book was a very fun read. I'm always a sucker for diary style fiction and this one was done especially well. Cushman really did her research about the time period and that's essential. I think this book wouldn't have been so effective if Birdy had modern ideals and attitudes.I remember reading a book in high school that was supposed to be set during the Industrial Revolution but the main character acted as though she was living in modern times. She traveled where she wanted, did what she wa [...]

    • Josette says:

      It's a little surprising that a Newberry Honor book like this has some pretty adult themes (aren't Newberries supposed to be juvenile fiction?). Comments like "since Meg the milk maid and Gerd the miller's son were found together in the barn, it looks like we'll need someone else to play the Virgin Mary in the Christmas play" (I am heavily paraphrasing, but that's the gist). Much mention of pissing and farting too. I suppose the author has given a realistic view of medieval life in all its gritt [...]

    • Sam T says:

      I loved Catherine Called Birdy. This book was so good I just couldn't put it down! I was very happy at the end of the book because she did not have to do something she did not want to do. I felt happiness inside of me because of it!This book takes place in a palace, and a chamber inside the palace. It was surprising how Birdie' s father is making her get married. This book makes us think of how when we are parents not to make our child do something they don't want to do, such as get married. I w [...]

    • Rachel Neumeier says:

      Totally charming.What an irrepressible child Birdy is. Her ingenuity in getting rid of prospective suitors is especially fun, though she's irrepressible in every other context, too. For a story to give you the flavor of the times, you could hardly do better. Of course it's quite obvious how the story is going to work out, and it does take a certain deliberate authorial intervention. Though for all I know, Birdy really would have poisoned that lout if necessary. I mean, I probably would have. Als [...]

    • Rebecca says:

      Absolutely excellent. Best YA historical novel I've ever read. Thirteen year old Catherine records the doings at her father's manor's house the year before she gets married. Sassy and smart, Catherine would fit in perfectly in modern times, but she lives in a medieval world where women are supposed to know their place (under the heels of men). But still, Catherine finds a way to make her mark on the world. Highly recommended. This book deserved to win the Newberry award.

    • Alyssa says:

      I STOPPED READING THIS BOOK, I DID NOT FINISH IT! I honestly could not have finished it because it was so terrible. I have never really disliked a book, but this book I really could not have finished.

    • Rebecca says:

      Deserving of the Newberry awardBest YA historical fiction novel ever. Birdy is just as sassy as any modern girl but she's stuck in a medieval village where woman are property to be bought and sold. Her diary records the year before her marriage at age 13.

    • Sarah says:

      I found this book to be interesting at first, but then as it went on began to see how boring it actually was It was a new kind of writing style for me, that I have decided that I don't particularly enjoy. I would not recommend this book unless you like a diary style writing format

    • Andreea says:

      În Anglia anilor 1920, Catherine, o copilă de 14 ani își documentează un an din viață într-un jurnal adresat fratelui ei. Asistăm cu drag și atașament crescând la descoperirile ei despre viață, familie, sine. Îi admirăm dârzenia și individualismul. Dorim nespus să se termine cu bine.

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