Carolyn Coman is a writer of children's books, living in South Hampton, New Hampshire. Her books What Jamie Saw and Many Stones were nominated for several awards.
She worked as a bookbinder 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, for middle grade readers, combines humour, investigation and a sense of nostalgia.
Her four young adult novels are described as â€œshe 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.â€ Many Stones was inspired by the murder of Amy Biehl.
Her book What Jamie Saw was short-listed for the Newbery Medal and National Book Award, it was also nominated for Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award. Many Stones 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.