YA REWIND: Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

yarewindIn this episode of YA Rewind, I talk about the epistolary style of Karen Cushman’s Catherine, Called Birdy, before sitting down on the casting couch to talk about some upcoming YA adaptations, and then it’s the return of Book Jacket Theatre where I find really terrible blurbs from the ‘Paranormal Teen Romance’ section and give them all the melodrama they deserve.

catherine called birdyCatherine feels trapped. Her father is determined to marry her off to a rich man–any rich man, no matter how awful.

But by wit, trickery, and luck, Catherine manages to send several would-be husbands packing. Then a shaggy-bearded suitor from the north comes to call–by far the oldest, ugliest, most revolting suitor of them all.

Unfortunately, he is also the richest.

Can a sharp-tongued, high-spirited, clever young maiden with a mind of her own actually lose the battle against an ill-mannered, piglike lord and an unimaginative, greedy toad of a father?

Deus! Not if Catherine has anything to say about it!

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