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Name: Karen CushmanPen Name: None Genre: Audience: Young Adult; Children; Children; Born: October 4, 1941 Chicago, Illinois
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Illinois ConnectionCushman was born in Chicago and lived there until she was ten years old.
Biographical and Professional InformationKaren 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.
- Alchemy and Meggy Swann, Clarion Books, 2009
- Catherine, Called Birdy, Clarion Books, 1994
- Grayling's Song, Clarion Books, 2016
- Matilda Bone, Clarion Books, 2000
- Rodzina, Clarion Books, 2003
- The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, Clarion Books, 1996
- The Loud Silence of Francine Green, Clarion Books, 2006
- The Midwife`s Apprentice, Clarion Books, 1995
- Will Sparrow's Road, Clarion Books, 2012
Titles At Your Library
Catherine Called Birdy
ISBN: 0064405842 Trophy Press. 1995 Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates in diary form the story of her fourteenth year--the year 1290. A Newbery Honor Book.
The Midwife's Apprentice
ISBN: 006440630X HarperCollins. 1996 'Like Cushman's 1995 Newbery Honor Book, Catherine, Called Birdy, 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.' --ALA Booklist (starred review). '. . .A fascinating view of a far distant time.' -- The Horn Book (starred review)
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
ISBN: 0613073045 Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval. 1998
In 1849 a twelve-year-old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a small California mining town. There Lucy helps run a boarding house and looks for comfort in books while trying to find a way to return "home."
ISBN: 0440418224 Yearling. 2002 Orphaned Matilda is not at all pleased when she arrives at Blood and Bone Alley to become an assistant to Red Peg the Bonesetter. She is a religious, well-educated girl who can’t picture herself doing dirty chores or helping sickly patients.
Each day is very different from her former quiet life. Matilda’s not used to being around so many people who are coming and going, laughing and eating. Not one of them seems interested in prayer or study.
Self-centered Matilda thinks no one understands her. But Peg does, and gives her time to get used to this new way of life and teaches her through kindness and friendship. Matilda is as surprised as anyone when she begins seeing the world around her in a different way.
ISBN: 044041993X Yearling. 2005 In 1881, 12-year-old Rodzina Clara Jadwiga Anastazya Brodski wishes she didn’t have to board the orphan train in Chicago. But she has no home, no family, and no choice. Rodzina doesn’t believe the orphans are on their way out West to be adopted by good families. She’s sure they will become slaves to strangers. Anyway, who would ever adopt a large, tough, stubborn girl of Polish origin? As the train heads west, all Rodzina has is a small suitcase and her family memories from the past. Will Rodzina ever step off the train to find the family that deep in her heart she’s searching for?
The Loud Silence of Francine Green
ISBN: 0375841172 Laurel Leaf. 2008 FRANCINE GREEN’S FATHER says it’s best not to speak up or get involved. But then she meets the outspoken Sophie Bowman, a newcomer to All Saints School for Girls. The nuns dislike her friendship with Sophie, who protests injustice in and out of school. But their friendship leads Francine to thinking outside the box of her trouble-free life.
Alchemy and Meggy Swann
ISBN: 0547577125 HMH Books for Young Readers. 2011
Fans of Karen Cushman's witty, satisfying novels will welcome Meggy Swann,newly come to London with her only friend, a goose named Louise. Meggy's mother was glad to be rid of her her father, who sent for her, doesn't want her after all. Meggy is appalled by London, dirty and noisy, full of rogues and thieves, and difficult to get around in—not that getting around is ever easy for someonewho walks with the help of two sticks. Just as her alchemist father pursues his Great Work of transforming base metal into gold, Meggy finds herself pursuing her own transformation. Earthy and colorful, Elizabethan London has its dark side, but it also has gifts in store for Meggy Swann.
Will Sparrow's Road
ISBN: 0544336321 HMH Books for Young Readers. 2014
In his thirteenth year, Will Sparrow, liar and thief, becomes a runaway. On the road, he encounters a series of con artists—a pickpocket, a tooth puller, a pig trainer, a conjurer—and learns that others are more adept than he atlying and thieving. Then he reluctantly joins a traveling troupe of "oddities," including a dwarf anda cat-faced girl, holding himself apart from the "monsters" and resolving to be on guard against further deceptions. At lastWill isforced to understand that appearances are misleading and that he has been his own worst deceiver. The rowdy world of market fairs in Elizabethan England is the colorful backdrop for Newbery medalist Cushman'snewcomic masterpiece.
ISBN: 0544301803 Clarion Books. 2016
“Like all Karen Cushman's gorgeous novels,Grayling’s Songdelves into the past to let us know what we must ask of our future.” —Lena Dunham
It’s time for Grayling to be a hero. Her mother, a “wise woman”—a sort of witch—has been turned into a tree by evil forces. Tangles and toadstools! Lacking confidence after years of being called “Feeble Wits” by her mother, Grayling heads off dubiously into the wilds in search of help, where she finds a weather witch, an aromatic enchantress, a cheese soothsayer, a slyly foolish apprentice, and a shape-shifting mouse named Pook!A fast-paced and funny coming-of-age odyssey from a Newbery medalist.
Awards'''''Catherine, Called Birdy'''''Newbery Honor BookBest Book for Young Adults, ALA Notable Book for Children, ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, ALA Editors' Choice, Booklist Golden Kite AwardHorn Book Fanfare SelectionTeachers' Choice, IRA Best Books of the Year, School Library Journal"Pick of the Lists," American Bookseller South Carolina Book Award100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public LibraryReading Magic Awards, Parenting Magazine Silver Medal, Commonwealth Club Notable Children's Book in the Language ArtsCommonwealth Club of California MedalCarl Sandburg Literary Arts AwardHonor List, International Board on Books for Young People Children's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC Starred Review, School Library Journal'''''The Midwife's Apprentice''''' Newbery MedalBest Book for Young Adults, ALA Notable Book for Children, ALA Booklist Editors' ChoiceHorn Book Fanfare SelectionBest 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 ArtsNot Just For Children Anymore! Selection, CBCReading Magic Awards, Parenting MagazineYoung 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 LibraryChildren's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC Books for the Teen Age List, New York Public LibraryStarred Review, BooklistStarred 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 LibraryLasting Connections Selection, Booklinks Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social StudiesNotable Children's Book in the Language ArtsTeachers' Choice, IRA "Pick of the Lists," American Bookseller Lone Star Reading List Selection, Texas John and Patricia Beatty AwardChildren's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC Starred Review, School Library Journal'''''Maltida Bone'''''"Pick of the Lists," American Bookseller100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public LibraryBest Books of the Year, School Library Journal Parents' Choice Silver AwardNotable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social StudiesBest 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 AwardEditor's Choice, Booklist Best Books of the Year, Child Magazine Best Books, Children's Book of the Month ClubALA/Amelia Bloomer Project ListWilliam Allen White Master List, Kansas Willa Literary Award, New MexicoKeystone to Reading Master List, Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Master List, Pennsylvania State Book Award, Washington Indian Paintbrush Children’s Book Award Master List, WyomingStarred Review, School Library JournalStarred Review, Booklist'''''The Loud Silence of Francine Green'''''Parents' Choice Silver Award100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library Children's Booksellers Choice Award, ABC CCBC ChoicesBooks for the Teen Age, New York Public Library State Reading Circle Recommendation, Kansas Starred Review, School Library JournalStarred Review, Booklist'''''Alchemy and Meggy Swann'''''Starred Review, BooklistStarred Review, KirkusStarred Review, School Library Journal'''''Will Sparrow's Road'''''Starred Review, Publishers Weekly'''''Grayling's Song'''''Starred Review, Kirkus
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