Books by Karen Schwabach

Karen Schwabach is a professor of teacher education at Salem College, the oldest women's college in the U.S. She also spent eight years in Alaska teaching English as a second language.

Released: Dec. 28, 2010

"An appealing Civil War title for readers with strong stomachs. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Fantasizing an heroic battlefield death, 11-year-old Jeremy DeGroot leaves Syracuse, N.Y., for the war in the South. Read full book review >
THE HOPE CHEST by Karen Schwabach
Released: Jan. 22, 2008

"A fascinating account of a rarely studied part of history. (historical notes, timeline) (Historical fiction. 8-12)"
Eleven-year-old Violet discovers to her outrage that her parents have been hiding letters sent to her by her much older sister, Chloe, who was cast out from the family for insisting that she wanted an education and a career, and for spending an inheritance earmarked for her hope chest on a Model T (christened The Hope Chest). Read full book review >
A PICKPOCKET’S TALE by Karen Schwabach
Released: Oct. 24, 2006

"Still, it is a fascinating topic rarely covered for a middle-grade readership. (map, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
A first novel with lots of concrete and engaging historical detail. Read full book review >