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Laurie Halse Anderson

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Born
in Potsdam, New York, The United States
October 23

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

UPDATE!

The final book in my thrilling historical trilogy about the American Revolution, ASHES, will be published October 4, 2016!


I recently answered all kinds of great questions over at Reddit. Check it out for loads about my writing process and my books:https://www.reddit.com/r/books/commen...

For bio stuff: Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists.

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives outside Philadelphia. You can follow her adventures on Twitte
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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.
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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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Chains (Seeds of America, #1)

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The Impossible Knife of Memory

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Forge (Seeds of America, #2)

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Want a new approach to teaching SPEAK?  Check out this article written by Sarah Gross and Katherine Schulten, in The Learning Network on the NYTIMES website.






 


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“THE FIRST TEN LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL

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.

TEN MORE LIES THEY TELL YOU IN HIGH SCHOOL

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.”
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“When people don't express themselves, they die one piece at a time.”
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message 20: by Julie

Julie Will you have any book signings/appearances in the Midwest anytime in the near future?


I guess you can call me Maria (Marmalade4evs) THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH LAURIE, FOR ACCEPTING MY FRIEND REQUEST!!!!! You rock!


message 18: by Abby

Abby Madison Thank you so much for accepting my friend request Laurie!


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


message 16: 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 15: by Sangria

Sangria Thanks for your friendship, Laurie! :)


message 14: by Joyzi

Joyzi Thanks for accepting^^


message 13: by Pamela

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


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


message 11: 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.


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


Jessica I LOVE WINTERGIRLS ITS MY FAV BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!


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 6: 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 5: 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 4: by Terra

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


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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