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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. More about this author >
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 >
Jamie’s mother is there to catch the baby —this time. She does what she must to keep her family out of harm’s way, but still the shock waves of Van’s act reverberate through their lives. More about this book >
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.