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Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times bestselling author whose writing spans young readers, teens, and new adults. Combined, her books have sold more than eight million copies. She has been twice nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was short-listed for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Laurie was selected by the American Library Association for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award and has been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English.

In addition to combating censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing and is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes. Find out more about Laurie by following her on Twitter at @halseanderson, Instagram at halseanderson, Facebook at writerlady, and Pinterest at halseanderson or by visiting her website, madwomanintheforest.com.

 

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A book lover’s holiday gift guide!

Presenting: the holiday gift guide you should give to the friends & family of all book lovers.   If your reader loves FANTASY… Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte Seventeen-year-old Keralie Corrington may seem harmless, but she’s, in fact, one of Quadara’s most skilled thieves and a liar. Varin, on the other hand, is an … Continued
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Heading off to college? Take these 8 books with you

Getting ready to dive into all the dorm-unpacking, finals-dreading, new-place-new-you shenanigans of freshman year? We have a few books you should take with you.   What to read when you’re struggling to find your squad:  Seafire by Natalie C. Parker Everyone knows finding your squad is key, and nobody knows that better than Caledonia, leader and captain … Continued
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Read an excerpt from SHOUT!

Laurie Halse Anderson’s stunning poetic memoir SHOUT is just around the corner, and we cannot wait to share a piece of it with you today! Scroll down for an exclusive excerpt from SHOUT!   gauntlet, thrown My high school was designed by an incarceration specialist to make the herding, the feeding and the slaughter proceed as efficiently … Continued
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11 Authors you really should be following on Instagram

Looking for writing tips? Sneak peeks into future books? General awesome content? There are a few authors you should definitely be following!   Ruta Sepetys View this post on Instagram The first edition of THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE is back from the printer. Such an emotional author moment! After years of writing and research, seeing … Continued
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15 Books to Read During Mental Health Month

May is Mental Health Month and we find that books can not only help us understand or sympathize, but can often help us talk about difficult topics. Here are 15 books to read this month to help you start a conversation and #endthestigma.   Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Aza is trying. She is trying … Continued
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Reads to Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

Today is Women’s Equality Day, and we’re celebrating with some amazing reads written by amazing women!   Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera  This book radiates feminism. When Juliet’s hero fails her, she grapples with crucial, timely questions of what feminism means if it excludes queer and trans women of color, giving language to hard … Continued
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The love for Laurie Halse Anderon’s SHOUT is beautiful

In case you haven’t heard, Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, has a new book coming out: SHOUT. It’s loud. It’s searing. It’s gorgeous. And the outpouring of love from readers? Inspiring. So, we just wanted to SHOUTout you amazing readers.   Actually, this post is equal parts reader appreciation and Laurie Halse Anderson appreciation.   Because you all … Continued
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These YA Books are Classics in the Making

On account of the absolutely outstanding books hitting shelves lately, we rounded up a few that we dare regard as instant YA classics.   1. Frankly in Love by David Yoon “This is a classic in the making.” —Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Warcross Who are we to argue with Queen Marie Lu? Frankly in … Continued
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Artemisia Gentileschi and 8 Other Real Women to Inspire You on International Women’s Day

Today, we celebrate all of the women out there making an impact on lives, past and present. We try to always celebrate women, but today especially, the power of a woman is undeniable. That’s why we’re telling you about 9 real women–some you may know, some you may not–that have been seriously inspirational to us. From seventeenth … Continued
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