Florence Crannell Means

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Florence Crannell Means (May 15, 1891 Baldwinsville, New York - November 19, 1980 Boulder, Colorado) was an American writer for children and young adults.[1][2]

Her novel about Japanese internment, The Moved-Outers, won a Newbery Medal honor award in 1946.

She married Carl Bell Means; they are buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colorado.[3]

In The Horn Book Magazine, Jan/Feb 1945, Howard Pease, in his essay "Without Evasion", says: "Only at infrequent intervals do you find a story intimately related to this modern world, a story that takes up a modern problem and thinks it through without evasion. Of our thousands of books, I can find scarcely half a dozen that merit places on this almost vacant shelf in our libraries; and of our hundreds of authors, I can name only three who are doing anything to fill this void in children's reading. These three authors – may someone present each of them with a laurel wreath – are Doris Gates, John R. Tunis, and Florence Crannell Means."[4] Many of Means's books dealt with the experiences of minorities in America, such as Japanese Americans in The Moved-Outers and African Americans in Shuttered Windows.[5]


  • Rafael and Consuelo with Harriet Louise Fullen, Friendship Press, 1929
  • A Candle in the Mist: A Story for Girls, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1931
  • Penny for Luck: A Story of the Rockies, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1935
  • Shuttered Windows, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1938
  • The Moved-Outers, Houghton Mifflin, 1945; reprint Walker, 1993, ISBN 978-0-8027-7386-9
  • Great Day in the Morning, Houghton Mifflin, 1946
  • The Silver Fleece: A Story of the Spanish in New Mexico, Winston, 1950
  • Hetty of the Grande Deluxe, Houghton Mifflin, 1951
  • The Rains Will Come, illustrator Fred Kabotie, Houghton Mifflin, 1954
  • Knock at the Door, Emmy, Houghton Mifflin, 1956
  • Reach for a Star, Houghton Mifflin, 1957
  • Emmy and the Blue Door, Houghton Mifflin, 1959
  • Sunlight on the Hopi Mesas: The Story of Abigail E. Johnson, Judson Press, 1960
  • Tolliver, Houghton Mifflin, 1963
  • Carvers' George: A Biography of George Washington Carver, illustrator Harve Stein, E.M. Hale, 1963
  • It Takes All Kinds, Houghton Mifflin, 1964
  • Sagebrush Surgeon, Friendship Press, NY, 1955


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