Karen Cushman

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Karen Cushman
Cushman at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Cushman at the 2016 Texas Book Festival
Born (1941-10-04) October 4, 1941 (age 77)
Chicago, Illinois, US
Alma materStanford University
GenreYoung adult historical novels
Notable works
Notable awardsNewbery Medal

Karen Cushman (born October 4, 1941)[1]) is an American writer of historical fiction.


Her 1995 novel The Midwife's Apprentice won the Newbery Medal for children's literature, and her 1994 novel Catherine, Called Birdy won a Newbery Honor.[2] She has a bachelor of arts degree in Greek and English from Stanford University. In addition, she has a master's degree in human behavior as well as a master's degree in museum studies.[3] For eleven years she was adjunct professor in the Museum Studies Department at John F. Kennedy University before resigning in 1996 to write full-time.[4] She lives and writes on Vashon Island near Seattle, Washington.[5]




  1. ^ "Karen Cushman Papers". Arne Nixon Center. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  2. ^ "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  3. ^ Bowlan, Cheryl. "Karen Cushman". ACHUKA. Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  4. ^ Reimer, Julie. "Karen Cushman". Children's Literature Network. Archived from the original on 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  5. ^ Author's biography, inside rear cover, "The Midwife's Apprentice" 2nd edition, ISBN 978-0-547-72217-7
  6. ^ a b ALA. Newbery Medal & Honor Books, 1922-Present. Retrieved 2008-12-19.
  7. ^ SCBWI. Past Golden Kite Recipients. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  8. ^ The California Library Association. [1]. Retrieved 12-05-29.
  9. ^ CLN. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2012-05-29.. Retrieved 12-04-04.

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