Catherine, Called Birdy (Paperback)

By Karen Cushman

Clarion Books, 9781328631114, 192pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2019

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (6/5/2008)
Prebound (6/19/2012)
Paperback (6/19/2012)
Paperback (5/1/1995)
Hardcover (5/23/1994)
Paperback (6/1/2004)
Prebound (6/19/2012)
Hardcover, Korean (3/1/2007)
Paperback, Chinese (8/1/2011)

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Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year—the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.

About the Author

Karen Cushman's acclaimed historical novels include Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor winner, and The Midwife's Apprentice, which received the Newbery Medal. She lives on Vashon Island in Washington State. Visit her online at and on Twitter @cushmanbooks.

Praise For Catherine, Called Birdy

"This unusual book provides an insider’s look at the life of Birdy, 14, the daughter of a minor English nobleman. The year is 1290 and the vehicle for storytelling is the girl’s witty, irreverent diary. . . . Superb historical fiction." —School Library Journal, Starred

"The period has rarely been presented for young people with such authenticity; the exotic details will intrigue readers while they relate more closely to Birdy’s yen for independence and her sensibilities toward the downtrodden. Her tenacity and ebullient naiveté are extraordinary; at once comic and thought-provoking, this first novel is a delight." —Kirkus Reviews with Pointers