Carolyn Coman (born 1951 in Evanston near Chicago) is a writer of children's books, living in South Hampton, New Hampshire. Her books What Jamie Saw (1995) and Many Stones (2000) were nominated for several awards.
She worked as a bookbinder 1975-84 and later as an editor with Heinemann before she became a full-time writer. Her books include the portrait documentary of the debut, and a picture book before 4 novels for young adults from 1993 to 2000. Her two latest books (2004 and 2007), for middle grade readers, combines humour, investigation and a sense of nostalgia.
Her four young adult novels are described as “she explores the darker sides of growing up:dealing with parent's abandonment through death in Tell Me Everything, abuse by a stepparent in What Jamie Saw, sibling incest in Bee and Jacky and a political-inspired tragedy in Many Stones.” Many Stones was inspired by the murder of Amy Biehl.
Her book What Jamie Saw (1995) was short-listed for the Newbery Medal and National Book Award, it was also nominated for Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award. Many Stones (2000) was a National Book Award finalist, won the Michael L. Printz Award and were listed among School Library Journal's Best Books of The Year.
- Body and soul; Ten American Women. With photographs by Judy Dater. 1988
- Losing Things at Mr. Mudd's. 1992
- Tell me Everything. 1993
- What Jamie Saw. 1995
- Bee and Jacky. 1998
- Many Stones. 2000.
- The Big House. With illustrations by Rob Shepperson. 2004
- Sneaking Suspicions. With illustrations by Rob Shepperson. 2007. Sequel to The Big House
- The Memory Bank. 2010
- randomhouse.com: author spotlight
- teenreads.com: an interview with Coman, dated january 2000
- Works by Carolyn Coman at Open Library
- Something about the Author; Vol 197; pp 32-36. Gale, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4144-2169-8