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Sorche Nic Leodhas

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Name  Sorche Leodhas
Role  Author

Died  November 14, 1969
Awards  John Newbery Medal
Books  Always Room for One More, Thistle and Thyme: Tales and, All in the Morning Early, Gaelic ghosts, Heather and broom
Similar People  Nonny Hogrogian, Evaline Ness, Victor Ambrus, John Newbery

LeClaire Gowans Alger (May 20, 1898 – November 14, 1969) was an American author better known under her pseudonym Sorche Nic Leodhas, or simply Sorche Leodhas. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, she was a sickly child, eventually being homeschooled. Alger was a known librarian, working from 1915 to 1966, while the imaginary Sorche was a storyteller. She sought out traditional Scottish tales that had never been written down before. She won a Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1962 and a Newbery Honor for Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland in 1963. Her book Always Room for One More, illustrated by Nonny Hogrogian, won the 1966 Caldecott Medal.

Works

Most of Leodhas' works are in collections.

  • Heather and Broom: Tales of the Scottish Highlands (1960), illustrated by Consuelo Joerns
  • Thistle and Thyme: Tales and Legends from Scotland (1962), illus. Evaline Ness
  • Gaelic Ghosts: Tales of the Supernatural from Scotland (1964), illus. Nonny Hogrogian
  • Ghosts Go Haunting (1965)
  • Claymore and Kilt: Tales of Scottish Kings and Castles (1967), illus. Leo and Diane Dillon
  • Sea-Spell and Moor-Magic: Tales of the Western Isles (1968), illus. Vera Bock
  • By Loch and by Lin: Tales from Scottish Ballads (1969), illus. Vera Bock
  • Twelve Great Black Cats and Other Eerie Scottish Tales (1971), illus. Vera Bock
  • References

    Sorche Nic Leodhas Wikipedia


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