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Catherine, Called Birdy

Posted on : 04-01-2010 | By : admin | In :


Catherine, Called Birdy

Author: Karen Cushman

Review by: Jazzarazz

This is an oldie but goodie- a must read for all middle school aged girls.
Catherine is a 12th century girl whose father is attempting to arrange a marriage for her.

But Catherine wants none of it. She chronicles all of her mischievous doings in her diary.
That’s how readers discover she blackens her teeth and crosses her eyes at dinner,
tries at each turn to make a terrible impression, and eventually sets a privy on fire with one of her suitors in it.

The book is well written. The style is effective, even for kids that may not be big readers.

The short diary entries are the perfect length for bedtime reading.
And Catherine’s stubbornness, along with her desire to invent the perfect curse word,
resonate well with young adults.

Well, let me know what you think of the book in your comments below!


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