Ack! No post for over a week!
Sorry for the delay, I’m sure I had hit the publish button, but apparently not…
Anyway here’s my original post:
In the early 1900′s (or late 1800′s I’m not entirely sure…) Lives a girl named Catherine, daughter to a retired knight. Nicknamed Birdy for the many references to herself being a helpless bird and the extensive collection of song birds and love birds kept in her room. Her father, a greedy, greedy man is forcing into an unwanted marriage (on her part) as she wills to be free to choose who she spends the rest of her days in. Whilst struggling through the troubles of warding off suitors, she is mainly confined to a spindle, spinning thread to make clothes. She does this because even though her father was a knight and they live in the finest house of their village, they are rather poor. Even though, Catherine still manages to get into all sorts of mischief!
In a daring attempt to keep herself from marriage against will, she does all the likes of un feminine behaviour (at least in her age) to ensure no man wishes to wed her. Catherine explains all of her schemes with great detail in her diary (from which the whole story comes from). After chapter after chapter of victory over her suitors, a pig of a man comes to feast with her family. Disgusting and rude, he is surely the most revolting suitor Catherine has ever let he eye behold. The worst part of it is that he wishes to marry her!
Trying all she can to succeed, in a desperate race against time, she does all she can to stop the marriage. All along the way she longs to be a simple farming villager for the activities she deems fun as well as meet a range of interesting and active characters to accompany her through the thick and thin. Find out her exploits by reading her story, in the form of her diary (and she’ll never know ;D)
I thought that this was an absolutely GREAT historical fiction for it kept true as well as being incredibly entertaining! I loved it as I love any good historical fiction. I haven’t yet read any other Karen Cushman but I am now thoroughly prompted to. I highly recommend if you are a girl and love comedy, history and great imaginative stories, read this book! If you are a boy…you may still enjoy it but the ratio of it is much lower!
If you’ve read this book or any other stories from Karen Cushman, tell me how you feel!
Comment below! Anyway! Happy Reading!