"Before she began to devote most of her work week to writing, there was always about Karen the sense of something desperate trying to come out. Through a lot of hard work, and despite a sizable amount of self-doubt and fear, Karen Cushman found the courage to let herself write. Fortunately for us. She deserves to be known by you, and you . . . deserve to know her and her stories. I am glad to share her with all of you. In fact, I am relieved to do so. I have been waiting for so long for you to know about her. Now you, and she, can take it from here. Enjoy."
The Ballad of Lucy Whipple
Catherine, Called Birdy
The Midwife's Apprentice (1996 Newbery Award)