Monday, February 1, 2010

Author Spotlight: Laurie Halse Anderson

January is over and my love for Laurie Halse Anderson's books just grew. I cannot wait to read more books by her. (Now if I can only find them!!!) She is a wonderful author who can write about so many things...historically or contemporary. I really hope you all pick her books up and enjoy them as much as I do.

Just a little bio...

Laurie was born on October 23, 1961 in Potsdam, New York. Her second grade teacher taught her how cool writing was via haiku poems. But she thought she would end up being a doctor while in high school. Laurie became an exchange student after high school and when she returned back home she attended Onondaga Community College before transferring over to Georgetown University in 1981. She graduated college with a B.S.L.L in Languages and Linguistics. She has two kids from her first marriage and now lives with her childhood sweetheart turned husband in central New York. When she's not writing you'll find her training for marathons, hanging out with family & friends, hiking in the mountains, or working on her tomatoes in her backyard.
***information taken from her website***

L.H.A's YA books...
Speak (1999)
Fever, 1793 (2000)
Catalyst (2002)
Prom (2005)
Twisted (2007)
Chains (2008)
Wintergirls (2009)
Forge (Chains #2) (will be published in 2010)

Books adapted into movies...
Speak (2004)

Her favorite books...
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Ulysses by James Joyce
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Holes by Louis Sachar
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Little Women by Louisa M. Alcott
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
***Info from her website***

Where to find Laurie Halse Anderson...

Overall Rating...

***Now go and grab your fave cup of tea or because it's Laurie Halse Anderson's fave: Earl Grey Tea (or whatever beverage you prefer) and HAPPY readings***

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