Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman

Newbery award-winning children’s book author

Karen Cushman
Grandma Lipski

Grandma’s House

Today is my grandma’s birthday.  She would be 129 years old.  Happy Birthday, Clara Czerwinski Lipski. You were a great grandma.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

We moved from Chicago to Los Angeles when I was ten. When asked recently how I liked California, I came up with this.

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Voice of Vashon

Voice of Vashon

I hope you’ll enjoy this interview, a podcast, with Susan McCabe on REALTalk. We talked about all of my books.

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FAQ #10: Joy

What’s sitting on your desk that gives you joy? This photo of Padraic never fails to make me smile. He was a great dog, part border collie by ancestry,

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Book of Boy

FAQ #9: Inspired

What do you read for inspiration? I tend to read novels set in whatever time period I am writing about. I like to see how other authors tackle the tricky problems involved in writing historical fiction: authenticity vs. info dumps, history vs. imagination, how they invent the past.   During the years I worked on the medieval books, I read

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Huzzah!

I loved receiving this review for the new middle-grade anthology, Totally Middle School (Delacorte, ed. by Betsy Groban). I hope you’ll discover the wide variety of stories within this book, many of them the right length for a classroom read-aloud, and all of them engrossing for reading on your own. “Featuring an eclectic mix of short stories from a number

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FAQ #8: Stuck

What do you do when you’re stuck on a writing project? I don’t sit at my desk and try to push mashed potatoes through a keyhole. I do something else. Walk, putter in the garden, play computer solitaire, eat an orange, do the laundry, nap, or work on a different project. My subconscious seems to work on the problem without me,

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FAQ#7: Frustration

What do you find most frustrating about researching a book you’re writing? I know other writers who swear by it (Kirby Larson, I’m looking at you) but I hate reading old newspapers on microfiche.  Talk about frustrating. Maybe that’s why I mostly write about pre-newspaper eras.

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In Observation of Memorial Day

We Americans have been commemorating our war dead with flowers and speeches for more than 150 years. Each year we hope there will be no more soldiers to bury, but still we send our sons and daughters into battle. Lately I read that 2018 has been deadlier for school children than for soldiers. It’s a hard truth to face.  More

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