Karen Cushman

Karen Cushman

Newbery award-winning children’s book author

Karen Cushman

FAQ #6: Research

What’s your favorite part of researching a book you’re writing? I like the early research that give the flavor of a time, a few interesting facts, and a place for me to stand. It gets harder later when I search for specifics such as, “Was there mail delivery at Mission Beach, San Diego, 1941?” Never did find that answer. Do

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FAQ #5: Dinner Party

If you could invite four people from history over for dinner, who would be sitting around your dinner table? What food would you serve? Eleanor Roosevelt, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and Oscar Wilde for their strength, intelligence, and wit, and Paul Newman, because who wouldn’t? I’d serve roast chicken because that’s what I always serve. And salad with grapes and avocados. And

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FAQ #4: Time Traveler

If you could time travel to any point in history, where and when would you go first? To be honest, I’m not sure I would pick any. Such noise, such smells, such danger.  If I were pushed to choose, I’d like to see Robin Hood and his Merry Men cavort in Sherwood Forest. I’d guess that would be medieval, although

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FAQ#3: Going Medieval

Do you remember your first exposure to medieval history? What clicked with you about that time? In 1965 and many years after, I attended Renaissance Faires and was enchanted by the color, the music, the people, the language and food and life.  I transported the fair in my mind to the middle ages and held the memory tightly for 25

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FAQ #2: Read-alouds

Do you recall a particular book that your family enjoyed reading out loud when your daughter was young? Yes!  The brilliant, subversive How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen by Russell Hoban, with fabulous illustrations by Quentin Blake, in which Tom teaches the Captain and his sportsmen about the value of fooling around.  My husband could, and probably

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FAQ #1: Childhood Books

This month, I’m answering frequently asked questions. Here’s the first: What’s the one book that pops into your mind first when you think of books you read when you were young? What do you remember most about that book? One book? No way. It has to be a three-way tie: Blue Willow, by Doris Gates, the story of a migrant

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What’s it like to have a movie made from your book?

The following is an interview with author Karen Cushman about the 1999 movie-making experience of The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, starring Glenn Close, Robert Pastorelli, and Meat Loaf, as well as Jena Malone, who played California “Lucy” Whipple. Be sure to view the photos at the end of this interview. We recently watched The Ballad of Lucy Whipple on The

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Remembering Katherine Kellgren

Sad news from Shelf Awareness today:  Obituary Note: Katherine Kellgren “Katherine Kellgren, who narrated more than 200 audio books and was winner of multiple Audie Awards, died on January 10 after a long battle with cancer. Robin Whitten, founder of Audiofile Magazine, called Kellgren ‘a brilliant narrator… Her wonderful performances are known and loved by listeners. Her work was celebrated with

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Why I Write for Young People

I’m often asked why I write for young people. The following note from Molly K. should answer that question. Dear Mrs. Cushman, Recently I just finished your book The Loud Silence Of Francine Green. It was such a great book. I really felt and feel close to the main character Francine. I am a eighth grade girl and I need to

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What I’ve Been Reading

for young adult readers You Bring the Distant Near Mitali Perkins I was just writing this post about Mitali Perkins’ terrific new book, You Bring the Distant Near, when I saw that it is on the long list for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Of course! It’s fabulous, with romance, humor, and gorgeous writing. Five women in

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