Karen Cushman was born in Chicago and grew up there and in Southern California. Before she started writing full-time, she was assistant director and adjunct professor in the Museum Studies department at John F. Kennedy University in San Francisco. She now lives on Vashon Island in Washington State with her husband. Ms. Cushman’s seven previous novels have helped historical fiction take a prominent place in children’s literature. The first, Catherine, Called Birdy, received a Newbery Honor. The second, The Midwife’s Apprentice, was awarded the Newbery Medal.
In the summer of 1849, Lucy Whipple's mother packs up her household and her two young children, and leaves their home in Massachusetts for the gold fields of California. Moving is the last thing the outspoken twelve-year-old, Lucy, wants to do. Reaching C...[SEE MORE]