Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year—the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.
A Newbery Honor Book, this witty and wise fictive diary of a 13th-century English girl, according to PW, ``introduces an admirable heroine and pungently evokes a largely unfamiliar setting.'' Ages 12-up.
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Don't listen to most of these reviews
I recommend that you just sample the book first and decide wether or not to buy it. All these childish 7th graders who have no idea how history worked back then are giving this book no justice.
How in the world did this lascivious book win a Newbury Award?
I'd give this inappropriate book zero stars if possible.
My seventh grade English teacher is making us read this book. I am not even halfway through and have read SO many profanities I am thoroughly disgusted and dread English class. This book is appropriate for HIGH SCHOOLERS, not seventh graders!!
If you want to know what a few of these are, there is a part about a girl going into the pantry followed by all of the young men and "not coming out for quite some time."
Another part: A man is flirting with a married woman- "We had to put snow down his breeches to cool his passion".
A third part- A character marries a twelve year old girl- "He had said that he wouldn't bed with her at such a young age, but either the child is with child or she has been eating too many honey cakes."
There are SO many more examples I could glean from the book.
Granted, the Middle Ages were a time of these profanities, but this book should definitely NOT be advertised for seventh graders. How did this lewd book win a Newbury award, may I ask?
According to the author's website, "Readers have purchased more than 1,775,000 copies." Do not waste your time and money on this book and be the 1,775,001st person to buy this!
I actually really love this book. This is from someone who actually read and understood it
I can agree with a lot of reviews about this not being for children/middle schoolers to read. But the sexual innuendos and humor is part of what makes this book so funny and charming. Anyone who is able to read this and have the mindset to understand all of what’s going on would know that this is not all that makes this story what it is. Catherine is a girl with quick wits and isn’t oblivious of what’s around her. She’s exceedingly charming and mature for her age but doesn’t stray from her child like behavior. Her thoughts and speech and her takes on her life is more than interesting and the inappropriate things that’s go on in the book aren’t her doing. So it’s not like she’s teaching kids to do these things but it’s how its observed through her eyes.
It’s a beautiful and funny book and I plan on buying a physical copy.