Book Review: Catherine

Catherine, Called BirdyCatherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cushman writes as a 14 year old girl in 1290, whose father is negotiating her marriage to a local baron, a "beast."  Spunky, fiesty and imaginative, Catherine refuses marriage and doesn't understand why anyone would want to marry at all.  Her developing maturity comes painfully slowly.

Cushman colorfully shows what Medieval life was like, from church and festival customs, to the Jews and the crusades, to marriages, births and home life.

Great reading for a 12-15 year old girl.

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