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Laurie Halse Anderson


USA flag (b.1961)

Laurie Halse Anderson grew up in Syracuse, New York, and now lives in Pennsylvania with her two daughters. The author of three picture books, 'Speak' was her first novel. Widely reviewed, it was a National Book Award finalist in the States, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, as well as winning the 1999 Golden Kite Award, given by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Both 'Speak' and 'Fever 1793' are listed in the Publishers Weekly Fiction Top Ten titles for May 2002.

Genres: Young Adult Fiction
 
Non fiction
Shy Child (2000) (with Ward Kent Swallow)
Independent Dames (2008)
Shout (2019)
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Awards
Michael L. Printz Award Best Book nominee (2000) : Speak
Carnegie Medal Best Book nominee (2010) : Chains


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Intentions (2012)
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"Overflows with innocence, faith, love, and the painful cost paid when all three are betrayed."
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Challenger Deep (2015)
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"A brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."
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Akata Warrior (2017)
(Akata Witch, book 2)
Nnedi Okorafor
"The most imaginative, gripping, enchanting fantasy novels I have ever read!"
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The Poet X (2018)
Elizabeth Acevedo
"A story that will slam the power of poetry and look back into your heart."
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Monday's Not Coming (2018)
Tiffany D Jackson
"A mesmerizing, punch-in-the-gut story about the power of friendship and the horrors hiding right in front of us."
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Watch Us Rise (2019)
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"This stunning book is the story I've been waiting for my whole life; where girls rise up to claim their space with joy and power."

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