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Laurie Halse Anderson

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This has been a crazy year!! Thanks to all of you who came out to see me on the road and for voting for The Impossible Knife of Memory for Goodreads Choice 2014 Best YA Fiction!

I'm home writing, am happy to report. Living out of a suitcase gets old in a hurry and it is SUPER hard to write books when dashing for an airplane.

I'm working on revisions to ASHES and will give you the REAL, ABSOLUTE publication date as soon as I have it.

(I'm also staying up way too late at night working on a secret NaNoWriMo project. Shhhh....)

Ask box is open, my friends! What do you want to know?


Laurie's new YA novel, THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY, comes out in January!

(She is working on ASHES this very second.)

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Laurie Halse Anderson Unlike a lot of adults, I vividly remember what it was like to be a teenager. I think that is my superpower.
Laurie Halse Anderson I think it should be eliminated. Rape is rape; doesn't matter the context.

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I think it should be eliminated. Rape is rape; doesn't matter the context.

If a bad guy steals your wallet at the end of a date, do we call it a "date mugging?" Do we allow "date murders" to be treated differently than murders that don't happen after a date?

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Publication Daywill beTuesday, January 7, 2014. (That means you can buy the book with the gift card or gift certificate you receive over the holidays!)

NOTE!!! The tour stops, bookstores and conferences listed below are all confirmed. In some cities I will be making appearances at a school in addition to a bookstore, but I don’t know where or when yet. As soon as I have more details, I wil...

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1. We are here to help you.
2. You will have time to get to your class before the bell rings.
3. The dress code will be enforced.
4. No smoking is allowed on school grounds.
5. Our football team will win the championship this year.
6. We expect more of you here.
7. Guidance counselors are always available to listen.
8. Your schedule was created with you in mind.
9. Your locker combination is private.
10. These will be the years you look back on fondly.


1. You will use algebra in your adult lives.
2. Driving to school is a privilege that can be taken away.
3. Students must stay on campus during lunch.
4. The new text books will arrive any day now.
5. Colleges care more about you than your SAT scores.
6. We are enforcing the dress code.
7. We will figure out how to turn off the heat soon.
8. Our bus drivers are highly trained professionals.
9. There is nothing wrong with summer school.
10. We want to hear what you have to say.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

“You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

“When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”
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Please vote for the award winning book you would like to read during July.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (2009 Aurealis Awards)
  16 votes 18.6%

Looking for Alaska by John Green (Printz Award 2006)
  14 votes 16.3%

A Wrinkle in Time byMadeleine L'Engle (Newberry Meda, 1963)
  11 votes 12.8%

The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer (Newberry and Printz 2003)
  10 votes 11.6%

Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Winner & National Book Award Finalist 2009)
  8 votes 9.3%

Savvy by Ingrid Law (Newberry Medal 2009)
  7 votes 8.1%

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Newberry Award 1978)
  5 votes 5.8%

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Newberry Medal 2005)
  4 votes 4.7%

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newberry Medal 2000)
  3 votes 3.5%

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin (Newberry Honour award 2010)
  3 votes 3.5%

The High King by Lloyd Alexander (Newberry 1969)
  2 votes 2.3%

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Criss Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins (Newberry Medal 2006)
  0 votes 0.0%

86 total votes

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message 19: by Maria

Maria Thank you for accepting my friend request! Your books are amazing. :)

Jacqueline Smith Thank you so much for accepting my friend request! Your books are wonderful.

message 17: by morgan

morgan I read Fever 1793 for school and really liked it- was written really well. I'm glad that I read it for school because it's not the type of book that I'd normally pick up, but I'm really that I did. Speak was another one of my favorites. Keep writing- please!

message 16: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Laurie! :)

message 15: by Joyzi

Joyzi Thanks for accepting^^

message 14: by Pamela

Pamela Hi Laurie...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

Scribble Orca Laurie, thank you very much for adding me.

message 12: by Lacie (last edited Nov 15, 2010 04:15PM)

Lacie Solt You have changed my life with the books you write, Laurie. You are my inspiration. I have never found someone in a book that I can relate to as much as I have in Melinda.

Emily Some of my very favorite books that i've read, are ones you've written. They're the kind of books that I will never be able to forget, and the kind of books that i simply don't want to forget. They're also, the kind of books that I can read again and again, and teach me to be a better person. Thanks for making my life sweeter.

message 10: by Stuart

Stuart Hi Laurie, I am delighted that we are friends on GoodReads. All the best from Australia, Stuart


Carmen Thanks for adding me! Speak was one of the first YA novels I ever read that meant something to me. Thank you for that! :)

message 7: by Emily

Emily I loved your books. I read Speak when I was thirteen and it really impressed me a lot. It's one of my favourite books.

message 6: by Terra

Terra Hi Laurie!! I just had a trip to San Diego last week and I finished Speak and Catalyst. I am also just about done with Fever. I don't want to finish all of them, I can't wait for more of your great books to come out, hope there is more along the same lines of the Speak, Catalyst and Fever. It's kind of nice reading non-vamp books. I am also recording on my tivo the movie Speak which is airing this saturday on Lifetime! I think I watched it a few years back and didn't realize it was a book. Keep up the FABULOUS writting!!!! I am a HUGE fan of yours!!!!!!!! GO TEAM LAURIE!!!!! xoxox

message 5: by Terra

Terra I just went out over the weekend and bought; Catalyst, Speak and Fever! I'm so excited to start!!!!

Gabriela Speak is my favorite book :]

message 3: by Terra

Terra Ok, so I finished the book last night. I loved how it ended, I was on the edge of my seat there for a while, gasping, saying NOO NOOOO! Then what a fantastic ending, had me in tears! I am off now to buy every book you've written. I loved it, I especially loved the aknowledgments at the end. You are a fabulous author and seem like such a sweet down to earth woman. I am recommending this book to all of my friends! Thank you!!

message 2: by Terra

Terra I began reading Twisted yesterday at about 6pm and I could not put it down. I am more than half way done with it, I don't want it to end. What a fabulous book! I laughed, I cringed, and I could relate to the torment of kids in high school. I am so glad I bought the book. After I am finished I am definitly going to get your other books. great job!!

message 1: by Terra

Terra I came across a lot of your books on here, I am so thankful for this site. I can not wait to read your books!!!

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