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Laurie Halse Anderson: An Award-Winning Children and Young Adult Author

MeDhat SaaDoun By MeDhat SaaDoun Published on December 9, 2015

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Laurie Halse Anderson is an American New York Times Bestselling children and young adult writer, whose books have been raved about from readers all over the world and earned her several awards. She is known for inducing humor and sensitivity in serious issues in her books. Her many bestsellers include, Catalyst, Prom, Twisted and her most recent The Impossible Knife of Memory.

She is best known as the author of Speak, which is a National Book Award Finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Edgar Allan Poe Award Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist. Speak is also the winner of the SCBWI Golden Kite Award, an ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults, Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and winner of eight state book awards, Finalist for eleven. Her book Chains is also a National Book Award Finalist. In 2009, she was awarded the the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the YALSA division of the American Library Association, for her ‘significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature’.

Laurie Halse Anderson, a wife and mother of four, lives in Northern New York.

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