Laurie Halse Anderson

“Working with students and educators is one of my favorite parts of being a writer!”

Biography

Laurie Halse Anderson is widely considered to be one of the most important voices in the world of children’s literature.

Her groundbreaking teen novel Speak was a National Book Award finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and a Printz Honor book. Two of her other teen novels, Wintergirls and The Impossible Knife of Memory, were also New York Times bestsellers.

Chains, the first book in her Seeds of America middle grade trilogy, was a National Book Award Finalist, a New York Times bestseller, and the recipient of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Her historical thriller, Fever, 1793, received multiple national and state awards, and nearly two decades after its publication is still a classroom staple and favorite around the world.

Laurie is also the author of the highly acclaimed non-fiction picture books, Independent Dames and Thank You, Sarah as well as the wildly popular elementary chapter book series Vet Volunteers.

In 2009, Laurie received the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the YALSA division of the American Library Association for her body of work and her significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. In 2011, she received the Free Speech Defender Award given by the National Coalition Against Censorship and presented to her by her hero, Judy Blume.

Laurie lives just outside of Philadelphia with her husband Scot and their two dogs, Keezi and Thor. Her favorite job in the world is being a mom and grandmother. She also loves college basketball, hanging out in the woods, running, gardening, and watching the snow fall.

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