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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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February 2009



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

UPDATE!

The SPEAK graphic novel, illustrated by Emily Carroll, will be published on Feb 6, 2018!


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 Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderso
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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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Speak

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Wintergirls

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Chains (Seeds of America, #1)

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Twisted

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The Impossible Knife of Memory

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Catalyst

3.62 avg rating — 15,239 ratings — published 2002 — 25 editions
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Forge (Seeds of America, #2)

4.13 avg rating — 11,086 ratings — published 2010 — 23 editions
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Prom

3.32 avg rating — 8,029 ratings — published 2005 — 20 editions
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Speak: The Graphic Novel

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I loved, loved, loved this book! Action-packed, but with strongly defined characters, terrific world-building, acid-drenched, laser-focused social commentary (just the way I like it), an alt-history setting, and.... zombies!

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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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