(2007 Kerlan Award)
The Kerlan Award is given "in recognition of singular attainments in the creation of children's literature and in appreciation for generous donation of unique resources to the Kerlan Collection for the study of children's literature." The books listed below are owned by the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) Library.
Cushman, Karen. (2010). Alchemy and Meggy Swann. Boston, Mass. : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986al
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.
Cushman, Karen. (1996). The ballad of Lucy Whipple. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986B
In 1849, twelve-year-old California Morning Whipple, who renames herself Lucy, is distraught when her mother moves the family from Massachusetts to a rough California mining town.
Cushman, Karen. (1994). Catherine, called Birdy. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986C
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.
Cushman, Karen. (2006). The loud silence of Francine Green. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986Lo
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.
Cushman, Karen. (1995). The midwife's apprentice. New York : Clarion Books. INTR-FIC C986M
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.
HarperCollins/Kids/Teachers'Guides/Karen Cushman http://www.harperchildrens.com/schoolhouse/TeachersGuides/Cushmanindex.htm
Karen Cushman's home page http://www.karencushman.com/
Learning About Karen Cushman ( Tom Ruddy and Laurie Ferrone with Kay E. Vandergrift in the Young Adult Literature) http://www.scils.rutgers.edu/~kvander/cushman.html
Cushman, Karen 1941 - . (2004). In Something about the author (Vol. 147, pp.30-36). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009
Cushman, Karen 1941 - . (1997). In Something about the author (Vol. 89, pp.43-47). Detroit: Gale. PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009
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