Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman

By Karen Cushman

The hilarious diary of Catherine (called Birdy) within the 12 months 1291. Catherine is 14. It's excessive time she was once married - or that's what her father thinks. yet Catherine goes to do every thing she will to do away with Shaggy Beard, the main disgusting suitor, 'whose breath smells just like the mouth of Hell, who makes wind like others make track, who's grotesque and old'. and he or she has no goal of turning into the best medieval woman like her mom desires, both. even if she's grappling with spinning, or giving tips about flea removing, Catherine's struggle for freedom is as humorous because it is poignant. yet can she discover a greater existence for herself?

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Baker said. ” Baker put his hands under the man’s armpits and helped the old guy to his feet. The man’s clothes were heavy, made of a material like felt, but he wasn’t sweating in the heat. In fact, his body felt cool, almost cold. The old guy leaned heavily on Baker as they crossed the road. Liz opened the back door. The old man said, “I can walk. ” “Okay. ” Baker eased him into the back seat. The man lay down on the leather, curling into a fetal position. Underneath his robes, he was wearing ordinary clothes: jeans, a checked shirt, Nikes.

Most days, the Trauma Unit was pretty quiet. So the arrival of this old man, agitated and shouting, was causing a lot of commotion. She pushed through the curtains into the cubicle, where the orderlies had already stripped off the brown felt robes and removed his Nikes. But the old man was still struggling, fighting them, so they had to leave him strapped down. They were cutting his jeans and the plaid shirt away. Nancy Hood, the senior unit nurse, said it didn’t matter because his shirt had a big defect anyway; across the pocket there ran a jagged line where the pattern didn’t match.

She said. ” Baker stared at the road ahead. “But there’s nothing out here. Are you sure you want to do this? I mean, we can get great Navajo rugs in Sedona. ” “Of course it’s authentic, honey. ” He sighed. ” “And no, it’s not the same,” she said. “Those Sedona stores carry tourist junk—they’re acrylic, not wool. I want the weavings that they sell on the reservation. And supposedly the trading post has an old Sandpainting weaving from the twenties, by Hosteen Klah. ” Personally, Baker didn’t see why they needed another Navajo rug—weaving—anyway.

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