Carolyn Coman

Finalist, 2000 National Book Awards

Carolyn Coman 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.
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Many Stones

Carolyn Coman – Many Stones book cover
ISBN 9781886910553 Front Street, Incorporated

In this intense and compelling story, a father and daughter confront each other and their own wounds in a land pulsing with loss. Berry and her father's painful journey forces them to look beyond their own grieving and bear witness to a country's tortured search for peace and reconciliation. More about this book >

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Carolyn Coman

Carolyn Coman 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 from 1975-84 and later as an editor with Heinemann before she became a full-time writer. 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, combine humor, 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.” Many Stones was inspired by the murder of Amy Biehl.

Her book What Jamie Saw (1995) was short-listed for the Newbery Medal and a Finalist for the 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.

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