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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karen Cushman  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: October 4, 1941 Chicago, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Cushman was born in Chicago and lived there until she was ten years old.

Biographical and Professional Information

Karen Cushman writes historical fiction, novels for children and young adults. She received an M.A. in human behavior and one in museum studies. She currently resides on Vashon Island west of Seattle, Washington.


Awards

Catherine, Called Birdy


-- Newbery Honor Book
-- Best Book for Young Adults, ALA
-- Notable Book for Children, ALA
-- Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, ALA
-- Editors' Choice, Booklist
-- Golden Kite Award
-- Horn Book Fanfare Selection
-- Teachers' Choice, IRA
-- Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal
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Pick of the Lists,

American Bookseller
-- South Carolina Book Award
-- 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library
-- Reading Magic Awards, Parenting Magazine
-- Silver Medal, Commonwealth Club
-- Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
-- Commonwealth Club of California Medal
-- Carl Sandburg Literary Arts Award
-- Honor List, International Board on Books for Young People
-- Children's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal

The Midwife's Apprentice


-- Newbery Medal
-- Best Book for Young Adults, ALA
-- Notable Book for Children, ALA
-- Booklist Editors' Choice
-- Horn Book Fanfare Selection
-- Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal
-- Best Book for Young Adults, ALA
-- Book of Distinction, Hungry Mind
-- Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
-- Not Just For Children Anymore! Selection, CBC
-- Reading Magic Awards, Parenting Magazine
-- Young Readers Choice Award Short List, Pacific Northwest Library Association
-- Parents' Choice Gold Award
--

Pick of the Lists,

American Bookseller
-- 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library
-- Children's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC
-- Books for the Teen Age List, New York Public Library
-- Starred Review, Booklist
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple


-- Editors' Choice, Booklist
-- Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal
-- 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library
-- Lasting Connections Selection, Booklinks
-- Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
-- Notable Children's Book in the Language Arts
-- Teachers' Choice, IRA
--

Pick of the Lists,

American Bookseller
-- Lone Star Reading List Selection, Texas
-- John and Patricia Beatty Award
-- Children's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal

Maltida Bone


--

Pick of the Lists,

American Bookseller
-- 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library
-- Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal
-- Parents' Choice Silver Award
-- Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
-- Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street
-- Young Readersí Master List, Arizona
-- Student Book Award Master List, Maine

Rodzina


-- Lasting Connections Selection, Booklinks
-- Parents' Choice Gold Award
-- Editor's Choice, Booklist
-- Best Books of the Year, Child Magazine
-- Best Books, Children's Book of the Month Club
-- ALA/Amelia Bloomer Project List
-- William Allen White Master List, Kansas
-- Willa Literary Award, New Mexico
-- Keystone to Reading Master List, Pennsylvania
-- Young Readerís Choice Award Master List, Pennsylvania
-- State Book Award, Washington
-- Indian Paintbrush Childrenís Book Award Master List, Wyoming
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, Booklist

The Loud Silence of Francine Green


-- Parents' Choice Silver Award
-- 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library
-- Children's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC
-- CCBC Choices
-- Books for the Teen Age, New York Public Library
-- State Reading Circle Recommendation, Kansas
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal
-- Starred Review, Booklist

Alchemy and Meggy Swann


-- Starred Review, Booklist
-- Starred Review, Kirkus
-- Starred Review, School Library Journal

Will Sparrow's Road


-- Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Grayling's Song


-- Starred Review, Kirkus

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Alchemy and Meggy Swann
ISBN: 9780307710222. OCLC Number: 429022178

Listening Library,. .

In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

Alchemy and Meggy Swann /
ISBN: 0547577125. OCLC Number: 694829914

Sandpiper,. .

In 1573, the crippled, scorned, and destitute Meggy Swann goes to London, where she meets her father, an impoverished alchemist, and eventually discovers that although her legs are bent and weak, she has many other strengths.

Catherine, called Birdy
ISBN: 9781449872847. OCLC Number: 757741184

Recorded Books ;. .

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

Catherine, called Birdy /
ISBN: 0064405842. OCLC Number: 28964180

Clarion Books,. .

The thirteen-year-old daughter of an English country knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

Grayling's song /
ISBN: 0544301803. OCLC Number: 913923732

. .

In a medieval kingdom, Grayling finds self-confidence when her mother is turned into a tree by evil forces and Grayling must venture into the wilds to reverse the spell.

GRAYLING'S SONG.
ISBN: 0358097487. OCLC Number: 1080245960

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT,. .

Matilda Bone
ISBN: 0807287377. OCLC Number: 45472943

Listening Library,. .

Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical.

Matilda Bone /
ISBN: 0440418224. OCLC Number: 44110237

Clarion Books,. .

Fourteen-year-old Matilda, an apprentice bonesetter and practitioner of medicine in a village in medieval England, tries to reconcile the various aspects of her life, both spiritual and practical.

Rodzina /
ISBN: 044041993X. OCLC Number: 60660613

Dell,. .

A twelve-year-old Polish American girl is boarded onto an orphan train in Chicago with fears about traveling to the West and a life of unpaid slavery.

RODZINA.
ISBN: 0358097517. OCLC Number: 1080247290

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT,. .

The ballad of Lucy Whipple
ISBN: 9781449871796. OCLC Number: 757741179

Recorded Books ;. .

In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who names herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.

The ballad of Lucy Whipple
ISBN: 0613073045. OCLC Number: 38927848

Clarion Books. .

The loud silence of Francine Green
ISBN: 9780739348062. OCLC Number: 81962689

Listening Library,. .

In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.

The loud silence of Francine Green /
ISBN: 0375841172. OCLC Number: 62188860

Clarion Books,. .

In 1949, thirteen-year-old Francine goes to Catholic school in Los Angeles where she becomes best friends with a girl who questions authority and is frequently punished by the nuns, causing Francine to question her own values.

The midwife's apprentice
ISBN: 9781449877767. OCLC Number: 927141572

. .

Lyrical yet unsentimental, The Midwife's Apprentice won the coveted 1996 Newbery Medal. Filled with striking characters, it paints unforgettable pictures of village life in the Middle Ages, the midwife's craft, and a very remarkable girl's growing independence and pride. Brat has no name, no home, and no shelter against the 14th-century English winter except the foul warmth of a dung heap. So when Jane the Midwife wakes her with a kick and takes the half-starved creature to her cottage, a curious relationship begins. Jane teaches Brat to gather herbs and make the poultices used to ease the pain of childbirth for the village women. The skinny young girl quickly learns to obey the sharp-tongued midwife, and secretly watches Jane practice her art whenever she can. But Jane is also teaching Brat unspoken lessons that will take longer--maybe a lifetime--to master.

The midwife's apprentice /
ISBN: 006440630X. OCLC Number: 30625374

Clarion Books,. .

In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world. This novel is about a strong young woman in medieval England who finds her own way home. This is a world, like Chaucer's, that's - dangerous, primitive and raucous. From the first page you're caught by the spirit of the homeless, nameless waif, somewhere around 12 years old. She gets the village midwife to take her in, befriends a cat, names herself Alyce, and learns something about delivering babies. When she fails, she runs away, but she picks herself up again and returns to work and independence.

Will Sparrow's road
ISBN: 9780449014714. OCLC Number: 845297841

Clarion Books,. .

In 1599 England, twelve-year-old lying, thieving Will Sparrow runs away, meets many colorful characters on the road, and then reluctantly joins a traveling oddities exhibit, where he learns to see beyond appearances.

Will Sparrow's road /
ISBN: 0544336321. OCLC Number: 884852506

. .

In 1599 England, twelve-year-old lying, thieving Will Sparrow runs away, meets many colorful characters on the road, and then reluctantly joins a traveling "oddities" exhibit, where he learns to see beyond appearances.