Carolyn Coman

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Carolyn Coman (born October 28, 1951)[1][2] is an American writer best known for children's books. Her novels What Jamie Saw (1995) and Many Stones (2000) were among the runners-up for major annual awards by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Book Foundation.

Coman was born in Evanston, Illinois, near Chicago.[1][2] She worked as a bookbinder 1975-84 and later as an editor with Heinemann before she became a full-time writer.[1] She edited Body and Soul, a photo-portrait documentary by Judy Dater, and wrote the text of a children's picture book, prior to completing four young-adult novels from 1993 to 2000. Her novels for middle-grade readers (2004 and 2007) combine humour, investigation and a sense of nostalgia.

In the YA novels, "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]

What Jamie Saw (1995) was Newbery Medal honor book and a National Book Award for Young People's Literature finalist. Many Stones (2000) was a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book and another National Book Award finalist.[1] (From 1922 the ALA Newbery Medal recognizes the previous year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children", with some designated runners-up now called "Honor Books". From 2000 the Newbery and Printz separately recognize books for "children" and "teens".)

Coman has two children and lives in South Hampton, New Hampshire.[3]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Something about the Author; Vol 197; pp. 32–36. Gale, 2009. ISBN 978-1-4144-2169-8.
  2. ^ a b c "Carolyn Comans – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 2014-09-24. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
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