Caitlin asked Laurie Halse Anderson:

which of your books brought you the most fulfillment to write?

Laurie Halse Anderson Oh, man. At some level, they all do, because you don't devote a couple years of your life to something that is not fulfilling.

But CHAINS and FORGE (working on ASHES now) - my historical trilogy about Northern slaves in the American Revolution - is deeply gratifying because I love my country. I hate how we have allowed the horrifying holocaust of slavery to continue to poison our people. We Americans (particularly white Americans) must own up to our history if we are ever going to fulfill the promise of the Declaration of Independence. I hope my books can play a role in helping to explain that history.

On the contemporary YA side, I have to say THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY, WINTERGIRLS, and SPEAK, for personal reasons and because I know they have touched so many readers.

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