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LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is the highly acclaimed author of several picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, and a twelve-book middle grade series. She is best known for Speak, which is one of the most important YA novels published in the last two decades. She lives with her family in upstate New York.www.writerlady.com

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Square Fish; Reprint edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312674392
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312674397
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 12 - 15 years
  • Lexile measure ‏ : ‎ 690L
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 7 - 12
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 7 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.54 x 0.59 x 8.25 inches
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Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also earned a spot on the Carnegie Medal Short List.

Laurie received the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the Young Adult Library Services Association 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 State, an hour south of the Canadian border, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. Right now she's finishing up her next YA novel and researching Ashes, which will conclude the adventure of Isabel and Curzon that readers enjoyed in her historical novels Chains and Forge.

You'll find loads more information about Laurie and her books on her website: http://madwomanintheforest.com/. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, http://twitter.com/halseanderson, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/lauriehalseanderson, and on her blog, http://madwomanintheforest.com/blog/.

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