Carolyn Coman

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Carolyn Coman (born 1951 in Evanston near Chicago[1]) 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.[1] 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.[1]Many Stones was inspired by the murder of Amy Biehl.[1]

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.[1]


  • 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

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  1. ^ a b c d e Something about the Author; Vol 197; pp 32-36. Gale, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4144-2169-8