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Laurie Halse Anderson

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

Laurie Halse Anderson recommends
The Difference Between You and Me (2012)
Madeleine George
"Achingly honest and empowering."
Intentions (2012)
Deborah Heiligman
"Overflows with innocence, faith, love, and the painful cost paid when all three are betrayed."
Challenger Deep (2015)
Neal Shüsterman
"A brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."
Akata Warrior (2017)
(Akata Witch, book 2)
Nnedi Okorafor
"The most imaginative, gripping, enchanting fantasy novels I have ever read!"
The Poet X (2018)
Elizabeth Acevedo
"A story that will slam the power of poetry and look back into your heart."
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."
Watch Us Rise (2019)
Ellen Hagan and Renée Watson
"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."
Chirp (2020)
Kate Messner
"The perfect balance of joy, pain, and strength."
A High Five for Glenn Burke (2020)
Phil Bildner
"A home run of a middle grade novel-a crackerjack story about the love and acceptance that everyone deserves."

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