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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Karen Cushman  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Young Adult; Children; 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.


Selected Titles At Your Library

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

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1994.

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.

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

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©1995.

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.

Matilda Bone /
ISBN: 0440418224. OCLC Number:

Clarion Books,. New York :. 2000.

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:

Dell,. New York :. [2005], ©2003.

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.

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

Clarion Books,. New York :. ©2006.

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.

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

Sandpiper,. New York :. 2010.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.


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
  • "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 Readers 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 Readers Choice Award Master List, Pennsylvania
  • State Book Award, Washington
  • Indian Paintbrush Childrens 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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