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Laura McNeal

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Laura McNeal is married to the author Tom McNeal, with whom she has written four young adult novels and one picture book. Her solo debut, Dark Water, was a finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature in 2010.


Average rating: 3.56 · 2,494 ratings · 374 reviews · 12 distinct works · Similar authors
Crooked
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 947 ratings — published 1903 — 9 editions
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Dark Water
3.51 of 5 stars 3.51 avg rating — 548 ratings — published 2010 — 10 editions
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Zipped
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 465 ratings — published 2003 — 8 editions
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Crushed
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 309 ratings — published 2006 — 7 editions
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The Decoding of Lana Morris
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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The Death of Judy Huscher
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2013
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0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2013
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 1996
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Last Things by Jenny Offill
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Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Dept. of Speculation
by Jenny Offill
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Sad and angry and poetic and oblique. Like Oscar Wilde channeling Emily Dickinson, I want to say, except that doesn't do it justice, because the structure feels unique and austere and just the right kind of demented. I read it in a single day and now...more
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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
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Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs, #1)
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I was hoping I could overcome my dislike of the mystery-book formula and just revel in the historical setting of this book, which is one of my favorites. I love books that grapple with World War I, and I found Maisie very endearing--a grown up Englis...more
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Early Decision by Lacy Crawford
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What better time to read a satire of the college application process than while I have two boys on the verge of college applications? I admit with some shame that I found myself reading it like a primer--are there tips here? could this book be a cann...more
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About a Boy by Nick Hornby
About a Boy
by Nick Hornby
read in March, 2014
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Entertaining without being shallow. I love stories about has-beens and other people who are left with a peculiar sense of having no goal in sight, no bright (illusory) future, no sense that the best is yet to come. Usually, narrators of this kind are...more
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“Amiel was looking at me with the kind of interest that made my mouth dry up. I was Braille and his eyes were fingers.”
Laura McNeal, Dark Water

“This time when we kissed, he didn't pull away, and I was close enough to his mouth for him to whisper what the tiny old vaquero had said a long time ago, the part of being of two worlds. "Tu eres de dos mundos." I closed both of my eyes, the blue one and the brown one, so I could be in just one world, his...”
Laura McNeal, Dark Water

“Wanting to play God for your own private purposes, whatever they are, might be what getting greedy is”
Laura McNeal, The Decoding of Lana Morris

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