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Catherine called Birdy

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Birdy is an intelligent and compassionate character with an eagle eye for detail. Rarely has the period been presented with such a feel for authenticity, and as in all good young adult novels, there is a well-balanced mixture of comedy and (implied) tragedy.


  • HONOUR ALA Booklist Editors' choice
  • HONOUR Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts (NCTE)


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