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Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
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Apr 04, 2011

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This is written as a journal for Catherine, who is a young girl living in the thirteenth century who is facing the prospect of marriage. She lives on a manor with her family and her father is continually presenting her with suiters and she finds clever ways to avoid them but ultimately, through maturity and time, ends up accepting the fate that awaits her of getting married.

This book was a good and very easy to follow and be engaged in. The only real fault that I found with it was that there was not a structured story line to follow throughout the book. It didn’t necessarily make it harder to read though because Catherine is really witty and clever in the way she is narrating her journal. Catherine, has a lot of characteristics, concerns and feelings that children her age can sympathize with and understand, even through the time period barrier. I really enjoyed reading about the antics that she would participate in and learning about the differences between a girl her age in the thirteenth century and girls living in the twenty-first century.
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