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Karen Cushman

1941 -

(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.


Author Information

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

Author Karen Cushman's tribute home page  http://www.karencushman.com/

HarperCollins/Kids/Teachers'Guides/Karen Cushman http://www.harperchildrens.com/schoolhouse/TeachersGuides/Cushmanindex.htm

Karen Cushman (1941 -). (2004). In Something about the author (Vol. 147, pp.30-36).  Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Karen Cushman (1941 -). (1997). In Something about the author (Vol. 89, pp.43-47).  Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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