Catherine, Called Birdy has been a surprise hit with our listeners and book club community, and today Chelsey and Sara share their experience with Karen Cushman’s award-winning work of middle grade historical fiction. We share what we remember about the book from childhood, why we connected with it more now, and why a book about a girl trying to avoid marriage in the 13th-century feels so relevant today. We also go down a couple of rabbit holes of our own this episode, including a discussion about how we teach and model gender for children and the role of literature in that development.
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- Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton
- Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
- Matrix by Lauren Groff
- My Lady Jane, My Plain Jane, My Contrary Mary, My Imaginary Mary by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows