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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 · 2,891 ratings · 424 reviews · 13 distinct works · Similar authors
Crooked
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,109 ratings — published 1903 — 9 editions
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Dark Water
3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 655 ratings — published 2010 — 10 editions
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Zipped
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 522 ratings — published 2003
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Crushed
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 349 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 — 229 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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The Death of Judy Huscher
3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 6 ratings — published 2013
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You Can't Leave Me Now: Thr...
2.75 of 5 stars 2.75 avg rating — 4 ratings — published 2014
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The Last Meeting of the Dov...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2013
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The Toothpicks: A Mexican C...
0.0 of 5 stars 0.00 avg rating — 0 ratings — published 2013
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The Dog Who Lost His Bob
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 16 ratings — published 1996
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Gabriel by Edward Hirsch
Gabriel: A Poem
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Deeply, profoundly moving. Hirsch rages against his son's death the way the Capulets rage against Juliet's death, the way Othello rages once he's destroyed himself and Desdemona. The immediacy of his grief is both beautiful and terrible, as it should ...more
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The words I want to change in this novel are these: "For sale in the Indian subcontinent only." This beautiful, complex, revelatory book about a girl's experience of being half-Pakistani and half-Dutch in the American School of Islamabad from 1977 un ...more
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I like to imagine someone saying to Freud, "You can't call it that! It's only 143 pages long!" Or maybe his superego says that but his ego fights back (and wins because this is Freud's ego we're talking about). And of course it's the perfect title fo ...more
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Dear Life by Alice Munro
Dear Life: Stories
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I've always been a little ashamed of my inability to love Alice Munro's stories, so I tried again. They are, it seems to me, stories where there's never much to hope for, and once you get it, it doesn't make you happy. Where you lose the thing you kn ...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...”
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“Tu' eres de dos mundos."
He was wrong, of course. You can only belong to one world at a time.”
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