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Karen Cushman

Forfatter af Catherine, Called Birdy

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Karen Cushman was born on October 4, 1941 and grew up in a working-class family in Chicago, but never put much thought into becoming a writer. Though she wrote poetry and plays as a child, Cushman didn't begin writing professionally for young adults until she was fifty. She holds an MA in both vis mere Human Behavior and Museum Studies. Cushman has always been interested in history. It was this interest that led her to her research into medieval England and its culture, which led to both Catherine, Called Birdy, a Newbery Honor Book, and The Midwife's Apprentice, her second book and winner of the prestigious Newbery Award in 1996. Both Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife's Apprentice have earned many awards and honors including the Gold Kite Award for Fiction from the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and was chosen as one of School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year. Cushman's work has also been recognized for excellence by Horn Book, Parenting Magazine, Hungry Mind Review, and the American Library Association. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Karen Cushman

Catherine, Called Birdy (1994) 5,324 eksemplarer
Jordemorens Lærling (1995) 4,371 eksemplarer
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (1996) — Forfatter — 1,342 eksemplarer
Matilda Bone (2000) 1,048 eksemplarer
Rodzina (2003) 654 eksemplarer
Alchemy and Meggy Swann (2010) 470 eksemplarer
The Loud Silence of Francine Green (2006) 348 eksemplarer
Will Sparrow's Road (2012) 175 eksemplarer
Grayling's Song (2016) 143 eksemplarer
War and Millie McGonigle (2021) 44 eksemplarer

Associated Works

Colman (2004) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver339 eksemplarer
Totally Middle School: Tales of Friends, Family, and Fitting In (2018) — Bidragyder — 17 eksemplarer

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
Vashon Island, Washington, USA
Stanford University (MA - Human Behavior, MA - Museum Studies)
adjunct professor
Cushman, Philip (husband)
John F. Kennedy University (Assistant Director - Museum Studies Department)
Kort biografi
According to Karen Cushman's web site: When I was little, my Polish grandpa took me for walks through the alleys of Chicago. I would collect treasures — rubber bands and marbles, perfectly good pencils, maple leaves and robins’ eggs — and take them home to put in a box under my bed. I think that’s what being a writer is like. The treasures I collect now are bits of information fantasies memories, and imaginings, and I take them and put them in a story.
I write historical fiction, novels that may be about made up characters and events but take place in a real time or place.



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Surprisingly hilarious! I listened to the audiobook in anticipation of the movie version coming soon. The best part of this book is Birdy's sharp, grumpy, occasionally wise voice. Like a modern teenager, she seems to be annoyed by everything, particularly the limits put on her as a girl. Unlike a modern teenager, she and her community are at the mercy of the politics of the Middle Ages. Her father intends to marry her off regardless of Birdy's wishes. She manages to trick her suitors into rejecting her, but she can't escape her fate.

As Cushman writes in the author's note, in those days you were born into a certain role and you had little choice but to play it. This is not a book with a modern moral like "You can be whatever you want to be if you work hard." Instead, this book imagines how it might have felt for a fiery young lady to be so constrained and powerless. How can she accept such a life?

The unexpected delights of this book are many. It's pretty gross (they eat a lot of eel pie, there are illnesses, injuries, disgusting remedies, so many fleas, etc.). I really enjoyed hearing about all the obscure saints and what they were sainted for. So strange and funny the way Birdy deadpans their miraculous achievements.

The book is also realistically dark like when Birdy attends a hanging. She's excited to see a criminal punished but it's just young boys and it's horrible.

I think the movie will have to give this story a stronger plot. I'm also really confused about the casting of Birdy's father. In the book Birdy describes him as a nasty beast, but he's played by Andrew Scott (AKA hot priest from Fleabag). Does not compute.
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LibrarianDest | 82 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
Ye toads and vipers, it takes a certain kind of nerd to appreciate a book like this. For example: Shakespeare lovers, language geeks, Renaissance Faire attenders, history buffs, etc. I enjoyed it, but I am your classic Society of Creative Anachronism apologist.

Here we have young Meggy Swann who is transplanted from a country village to the middle of teeming London in the year 1573. Meggy was born with crooked legs, so she walks with the aid of sticks and endures a lot of insults and prejudice. But Meggy is no wilting flower. She has a sharp tongue and dishes out counter insults like a pro ("A pox on you, moldwart, and a plague and an ague, and the pukes!"). Inside, though, poor Meggy does feel like no one wants her. Her mother sent her away. Her father is obsessed with his alchemical pursuits. Her only friend is a goose.

But can Meggy make friends? Aye, belike she can. This is basically the story of a lonely person finding a community to belong to. In the pursuit, Meggy learns about players and plays, printing presses, murder plots, poetry, and alchemy. If the language doesn't completely scare you off, this is a great little book.
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LibrarianDest | 47 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2024 |
In 13th century Britain, Birdy’s options are limited: she will be married off as her father wills (though she manages to pull off a few pranks to discourage some suitors). Her brother has given her a journal to chronicle her days, hoping that it will help her become more mature and thoughtful. Over the course of a year, her entries do show her growth of character as she experiences the ups and downs of medieval life.

I think I may have been a teenager myself last time I read this book. I appreciated it very much this time through, probably more that I did at first reading (though I’ve always been a Cushman fan). The writing is top notch, and the author brings to life Birdy’s world, so different from our own.… (mere)
foggidawn | 82 andre anmeldelser | Dec 29, 2023 |
Different than the Karen Cushman books Im used to but I enjoyed it
mutantpudding | 13 andre anmeldelser | Nov 8, 2023 |



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