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Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson


Laurie Halse (rhymes with “waltz”) Anderson got to know and appreciate cold weather growing up in upstate New York. She attended elementary school in Syracuse, where she was terrified that she’d never be able to learn how to read. With help from her teachers, Laurie did crack the code and then became one those students who hide library books inside textbooks during class.

As a teenager, Laurie escaped the traditional classroom and was a foreign exchange student in Denmark, where she worked on pig farm. She developed a fondness for bacon and working with animals. While attending Onondaga Community College, she worked at a dairy farm. In 1981, she transferred to Georgetown University and graduated three years later with a degree in Languages and Linguistics.

Thinking it was time to get a real job, Laurie realized that people would actually pay her to write. She became a freelance writer and journalist, though now that she had two children of her own, she was even more interested in writing her own stories. Her intense desire to not have to do the same thing day in and out turned into numerous picture books, middle-grade titles and award-winning teen and historical fiction, including National Book Award finalist, Speak, and National Book Award finalist, Chains.

Books by this author

Chains

Chains

Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction, Historical Fiction
Published:
2008
Fever 1793

Fever 1793

Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Historical Fiction
Published:
2000
Fight for Life

Fight for Life

Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2000
homeless

Homeless

Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
2000
Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Genre:
Nonfiction
Published:
2008

Prom

Laurie Halse Anderson
Shout

Shout

Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre:
Autobiography and Memoir, Poetry
Published:
2019
Speak

Speak

Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level:
YA
Genre:
Fiction
Published:
1999

Twisted

Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls

Laurie Halse Anderson