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Laurie Halse Anderson - Author

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has been published to huge critical acclaim in the United States. Known for tackling tough subjects with humour and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains was also shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. In 2009 Laurie was honoured with the Margaret A. Edwards Awards, given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature”. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York where she likes to watch snow fall as she writes.

Featured books by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

13+ readers YA readers

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

A searing look at the effects of post traumatic stress on soldiers and their families, seen through the eyes of teenage Hayley. Stunning, hard-hitting fiction from an award-winning writer.

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Other books by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak The Graphic Novel

Speak The Graphic Novel

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/08/2019

Resonant and fiercely authentic. This timely, critically acclaimed and award-winning modern classic is now a powerful graphic novel. 'I said no.' Melinda is an outcast at Merryweather High. Something happened over the summer - something bad - and now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen. So what's the point in speaking at all? Through her work on an art project, Melinda is finally able to face what really happened that night. But before she can make peace with the ghosts of the past, she has to confront the reality of the present - and stop someone who still wishes to do her harm. Only words can save her. She can't stay silent. Not any more. 'With the rise of women finding their voices and speaking out about sexual assault in the media, this should be on everyone's radar... Powerful, necessary, and essential.' Kirkus

Ashes

Ashes

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2017

Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which Kirkus Reviews called the best book you'll ever read. As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge-but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state-where bounty hunters are thick as flies. Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won't stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom, in this grand finale to the acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy from Laurie Halse Anderson.

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2014

A searing look at the effects of post traumatic stress on soldiers and their families, seen through the eyes of teenage Hayley. Hayley is struggling - struggling to make sure her ex-army dad shows up to work, struggling to avoid her stepmother, struggling not to fall in love with Finn, who really seems to get her. Struggling to forget the past. But some memories run too deep, and soon the cracks start to show. Stunning, hard-hitting fiction from an award-winning writer.

Forge

Forge

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/01/2011

Isabel and Curzon have escaped New York and are facing a life on the run. Isabel wants to find her sister, and Curzon can't see how to help her. When they find themselves separated, their journeys become harder and Curzon joins the American army, fighting for independence against the British. Neither has the success they wanted and soon they are reunited in terrible circumstances, enslaved once more. As the army prepares for its biggest battle yet, Curzon too prepares for the hardest challenge he has ever faced - getting both himself and Isabel out of Valley Forge and freeing them. For good. A brilliant and gripping story in which two wonderful characters fill the reader's mind and heart with epic adventures and extraordinary courage. This historical novel not only brings to life a crucial period in American history but also establishes two of literature's most appealing young lovers.

Forge

Forge

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: eBook Release Date: 19/10/2010

The young soldiers at Valley Forge are suffering from hunger, cold, and the threat of the British army. Their newly forged bonds of friendship might be enough to help them survive. But the chains of Curzons past threaten to shackle him again. Surrounded by the fires of ignorance, mistrust, and greed, Curzon cant risk sharing his deadly secrets with anyone. Does he have the mettle to hold on to his freedom? To claim his rightful place as an American? Is he strong enough to find the answer to the hardest question of all: Is Isabel still alive?Acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson continues the thrilling adventure started in her bestselling, award-winning novel Chains. Ride along on a gallop that will take you from battling the British at Saratoga to fighting the elements at Valley Forge to rebelling against merciless tyranny. Discover what the fight for freedom was really all about.

Chains

Chains

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2010

Isabel and her sister, Ruth, are slaves. Sold from one owner to the next, they arrive in New York as the Americans are fighting for their independence, and the English are struggling to maintain control. Soon Isabel is struggling too. Struggling to keep herself and her sister safe in a world in which they have no control. With a rare and compelling voice, this haunting novel tells not only the story of a remarkable girl and her incredible strength, but also of a time and place in which slavery was the order of the day and lives were valued like weights of meat or bundles of vegetables.

Chains

Chains

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/01/2009

Isabel and her sister, Ruth, are slaves. Sold from one owner to the next, they arrive in New York as the Americans are fighting for their independence, and the English are struggling to maintain control. Soon Isabel is struggling too. Struggling to keep herself and her sister safe in a world in which they have no control. With a rare and compelling voice, this haunting novel tells not only the story of a remarkable girl and her incredible strength, but also of a time and place in which slavery was the order of the day and lives were valued like weights of meat or bundles of vegetables.

Chains

Chains

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: eBook Release Date: 21/10/2008

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom.From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling, impeccably researched novel that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.Winner of the Margaret A. Edwards Award 2009

Speak

Speak

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2008

A fiercely authentic, critically acclaimed and award-winning modern classic. 'Speak up for yourself - we want to know what you have to say.' From my first day at Merryweather High, I know this is a lie. Nobody will even talk to me, let alone listen - all because I called the cops on an end-of-summer party. But if I could only tell everyone why I called the police that night... If I could explain what happened to me... If I could speak... Then everything might change. 'With the rise of women finding their voices and speaking out about sexual assault in the media, this should be on everyone's radar... Powerful, necessary, and essential.' - Kirkus

Twisted

Twisted

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/03/2008

17 year old Tyler is totally enjoying his position as high school Alpha male, after years of being 'the geek'. But then Bethany Milbury - rich, blonde, beautiful and the girl Tyler wants - is the victim in a teenage sex scandal, and somehow Tyler is nailed as the prime suspect. Tyler knows he had nothing to do with it, but when everyone - including his hard-nosed father - believes he did, Tyler starts to spiral into a nightmarish, paranoid state of mind. He is desperate to find a way out of the mess he's in...Will he have the courage not to take the easy option?

Fever 1793

Fever 1793

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2002

Life wasn't that different in 1793. 14-year-old Mattie hates getting out of bed in the morning and is fed up with her mum nagging her. She's sure she can look after herself - and she's got big plans for the future, if only somebody would listen. But when her friend Polly comes down with yellow fever and the disease starts to spread through the city, even Mattie has to get serious. Suddenly she's fighting to keep her world - and her family - together, in a desperate struggle to survive...

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