Sorche Nic Leodhas

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LeClaire Gowans Alger (May 20, 1898 – November 14, 1969) was an American author better known under her pseudonym Sorche Nic Leodhas, or simply Sorche Leodhas. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, she was a sickly child, eventually being homeschooled. Alger was a known librarian, working from 1915 to 1966, while the imaginary Sorche was a storyteller. She sought out traditional Scottish tales that had never been written down before. She won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1962 and a Newbery Honor for Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland in 1963. Her book Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, won the 1966 Caldecott Medal.


Most of Leodhas' works are in collections.

  • Heather and Broom: Tales of the Scottish Highlands (1960), illustrated by Consuelo Joerns
  • Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland (1962), illus. Evaline Ness
  • Gaelic Ghosts: Tales of the Supernatural from Scotland (1964), illus. Nonny Hogrogian
  • Ghosts Go Haunting (1965)
  • Claymore and Kilt: Tales of Scottish Kings and Castles (1967), illus. Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Sea-Spell and Moor-Magic: Tales of the Western Isles (1968), illus. Vera Bock
  • By Loch and by Lin: Tales from Scottish Ballads (1969), illus. Bock
  • Twelve Great Black Cats and Other Eerie Scottish Tales (1971), illus. Bock

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