Book pak Recorded Books 1996
CS ISBN 078870687X $42.00 Five cassettes
In England, in 1290, 14-year-old Catherine (called "Birdy" because of the many caged birds she keeps) is keeping a diary, as directed by her older brother. Her observations of life in the Middle Ages are perceptive and witty, and her thoughts and reflections about herself strike a contemporary chord. The book concludes with an excellent short description of medieval life. This Newbery Honor book is given a marvelous performance in British English. Sterlin delivers totally persuasive characters. She reads with such clarity and impeccable diction that even unfamiliar vocabulary is accessible. The wit and humor come across much better in the audio. In addition to having enjoyed a good story, young teens will come away with a vivid image of life in the Middle Ages. S.S.R. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award ©AudioFile, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN 97]
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