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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: Children's Fiction, Young Adult Fiction
Vet Volunteers
   1. Manatee Blues (2000)
   2. Homeless (2000)
   3. The Trickster (2000)
   4. Fight for Life (2000)
   5. Say Good-Bye (2001)
   6. Storm Rescue (2001)
   7. Teacher's Pet (2001)
   8. Fear of Falling (2001)
   9. Trapped (2001)
   10. Time to Fly (2002)
   11. Masks (2009)
   12. End of the Race (2003)
   13. New Beginnings (2012)
   14. Acting Out (2012)
   15. Helping Hands (2013)
   16. Treading Water (2014)
   17. Left Behind (2016)
Seeds of America
   1. Chains (2008)
   2. Forge (2010)
   3. Ashes (2014)
Anthologies edited
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
Black Hole Sun (2010)
(Black Hole Sun, book 1)
David MacInnis Gill
"Black Hole Sun grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go until the last page. In the best tradition of Heinlein and Firefly, Black Hole Sun is for readers who like their books fast-paced, intense, and relentless. Buy it, read it, pass it on!"
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 Shusterman
"A brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary."
Spliced (2017)
(Spliced , book 1)
Jon McGoran
"Genetically modified teens forced to make life-and-death decisions in a modified world as a hideous new form of hatred poisons society. Spliced grabs you by the throat and won't let go."
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."
Darius the Great Is Not Okay (2018)
(Darius the Great, book 1)
Adib Khorram
"I love this story, and the way it combines the bitter of adolescence with the sweet of friendship and family. Brewed together they make a beautiful, memorable book."
Dactyl Hill Squad (2018)
(Dactyl Hill Squad, book 1)
Daniel José Older
"This incredible story brings history to life with power, honesty, and fun."
A High Five for Glenn Burke (2019)
Phil Bildner
"A home run of a middle grade novel-a crackerjack story about the love and acceptance that everyone deserves."
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."
This Is My Brain in Love (2020)
I W Gregorio
"Amazing story of the struggle to balance love and brains, and instead finding joy. Absolute perfection."
Love Is a Revolution (2021)
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. I resolve to give a copy to every teenager I know!"

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