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Catherine, Called Birdy

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

May 01, 1995 – A Newbery Honor Book, this witty and wise fictive diary of a 13th-century English girl, according to PW, ``introduces an admirable heroine and pungently evokes a largely unfamiliar setting.'' Ages 12-up.

Customer Reviews

How in the world did this lascivious book win a Newbury Award?

I'd give this inappropriate book zero stars if possible.

My seventh grade English teacher is making us read this book. I am not even halfway through and have read SO many profanities I am thoroughly disgusted and dread English class. This book is appropriate for HIGH SCHOOLERS, not seventh graders!!

If you want to know what a few of these are, there is a part about a girl going into the pantry followed by all of the young men and "not coming out for quite some time."
Another part: A man is flirting with a married woman- "We had to put snow down his breeches to cool his passion".
A third part- A character marries a twelve year old girl- "He had said that he wouldn't bed with her at such a young age, but either the child is with child or she has been eating too many honey cakes."

There are SO many more examples I could glean from the book.

Granted, the Middle Ages were a time of these profanities, but this book should definitely NOT be advertised for seventh graders. How did this lewd book win a Newbury award, may I ask?

According to the author's website, "Readers have purchased more than 1,775,000 copies." Do not waste your time and money on this book and be the 1,775,001st person to buy this!


Our class read this. It was terrible


Worst book I have ever read

Catherine, Called Birdy
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  • $3.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Jun 19, 2012
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 176 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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