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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: 3.55 · 2,723 ratings · 408 reviews · 14 distinct works · Similar authors
Crooked
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,034 ratings — published 1903 — 9 editions
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Dark Water
3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 616 ratings — published 2010 — 10 editions
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Zipped
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 499 ratings — published 2003 — 8 editions
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Crushed
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 334 ratings — published 2006 — 7 editions
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The Decoding of Lana Morris
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 217 ratings — published 2007 — 6 editions
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The Death of Judy Huscher
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings — published 2013
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You Can't Leave Me Now: Thr...
2.67 of 5 stars 2.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2014
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Only George Saunders, people. Only him. Not Cormac McCarthy, not even (forgive me) George Orwell. I generally hate dystopian fiction, science fiction, broad social satire, and even fantasy if that fantasy is set in a world where roving bands of besti...more
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Like a beautiful and overly sweet pastry that makes you feel you should have eaten something more substantial. The suspense is impressive and some of the poetic effects are striking, but overall the book seems terribly rushed, as if scribbled on a no...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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