'I mean to do something grand. I don't know what, yet; but when I'm grown up I shall find out'
Katy Carr is the longest girl that was ever seen. She is all legs and elbows, and angles and joints. She tears her dress every day, hates sewing and doesn't care a button about being called 'good'. Her head is full of schemes and one day she plans to do something important. But a great deal is to happen to Katy before that time comes...
BACKSTORY: Learn some splendiferous vocabulary and find out which character you most resemble.
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This book really got me hooked while she struggled and was happy. I recommend it to all children and I hope you enjoy it too!!! - Guardian
This tale of a boisterous child coming into maturity reads with the same zest and insight as it would have done when it was first published over 130 years ago - Guardian
So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics! - National Association for the Teaching of English
Susan Coolidge was born in 1835 in Ohio, USA. She worked as a nurse during the American Civil War, after which she started to write. She based her best known Carr family from What Katy Did on her own siblings. She also wrote What Katy Did at School, What Katy Did Next, Clover and In the High Valley.