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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Katherine McCaughan  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;

Born: in Shanghai, China

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Illinois Connection

McCaughan moved to Chicago in 1977 and lived there until 1993. Ten years later, she started spending her summers in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Katherine McCaughan was born in China to Russian parents who had settled there. When she was five, her family fled to Australia after the Communist Revolution. McCaughan grew up, attended college and taught high school English and History while in Australia. In 1977, she and her husband moved to Chicago. They moved to Hong Kong in 1993 and lived there for ten years. During this time, McCaughan wrote book reviews for ''B-International Magazine'', personal essays for ''AWARE'' magazine, published a short story in Australia, and taught creative writing at the Hong Kong YWCA. She now spends her summers in Chicago and the rest of the year in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Titles At Your Library

Natasha Lands Down Under
ISBN: 193466636X

High Pitched Hum Publishing. 2009

Gold Medal Winner of Young Adult -Historical/Cultural section of Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. Natasha's Russian family flees China in 1950 to start a new life in Sydney, Australia. Unable to speak English, Natasha longs for her old life in Shanghai. The problems of life under Japanese occupation and the following civil war seem tame compared to facing her new school with its inexplicable customs, different clothes and hairstyles. Having lost everything to communism, Natasha's family is now accused of being communist. The first turbulent year in Australia strains even strong willed Natasha's confidence, but a catastrophic event makes her realize her own strength and understand her place in her new life.


  • 2009 Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards for Young Adults, Historical/Cultural Fiction, ''Natasha Lands Down Under''

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