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Florence Means

Born: May 15, 1891

Death: Nov 19, 1980

Birthplace: Baldwinsville

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Florence Means

Date of Birth : May 15, 1891
Date of Death : Nov 19, 1980
Birth Place : Baldwinsville

Florence Crannell Means was an American writer for children and young adults. Her novel about Japanese internment, The Moved-Outers, won a Newbery Medal honor award in 1946. She married Carl Bell Means; they are buried at Crown Hill Cemetery, Wheat Ridge, Colorado. In The Horn Book Magazine, Jan/Feb 1945, Howard Pease, in his essay "Without Evasion", says: "Only at infrequent intervals do you find a story intimately related to this modern world, a story that takes up a modern problem and thinks it through without evasion. Of our thousands of books, I can find scarcely half a dozen that merit places on this almost vacant shelf in our libraries; and of our hundreds of authors, I can name only three who are doing anything to fill this void in children's reading. These three authors – may someone present each of them with a laurel wreath – are Doris Gates, John R. Tunis, and Florence Crannell Means." Many of Means's books dealt with the experiences of minorities in America, such as Japanese Americans in The Moved-Outers and African Americans in Shuttered Windows.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • Florence Crannell Means

Awards Won

  • John Newbery Medal
  • Newbery Honor
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