Karen Cushman was born in Chicago, Illinois. Rodzina is her fifth book. Her first, Catherine, Called Birdy, was a Newbery Honor winner, and her second, The Midwife's Apprentice, was awarded the Newbery Medal. Ms. Cushman is the mother of a grown daughter, Leah. She lives on Vashon Island, in Puget Sound, with her husband, PhilipCushman, Karen is the author of 'Rodzina', published 2005 under ISBN 9780440419938 and ISBN 044041993X.