Laurie Halse Anderson Biography, Career, Books, Family, and Quotes

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Laurie Halse Anderson Biography

Laurie Halse Anderson is an American writer best known for children’s and Young adult’s books. She first gained recognition for writing the novel “Speak” in 1999. She has garnered the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association in 2010.

Laurie Halse Anderson

She expressed interest in writing at a very young especially during second grade, but never really thought she would become a writer.

Laurie Halse Anderson Age

Laurie was born on the 23rd of October, 1961 in Potsdam, New York, United States.

Laurie Halse Anderson Family

She was born to Rev. Frank A. Halse Jr. and Joyce Holcomb in New York. She has one younger sister, Lisa.

Laurie Halse Anderson Husband

She was married to Greg Anderson and had two children with him before they divorced. Later, she met her childhood sweetheart Scot Larrabee. The two rekindled their relationship and got married. The couple merged their two families, Laurie, and her kids as well as Scot, and his kids.

Laurie Halse Anderson Children

She bore two children, Stephanie Holcomb, and Meredith Lauren, with her former husband Greg as well as Jessica and Christian, children to Scot, her husband.

Laurie Halse Anderson Career

She began as a freelance journalist working at The Philadelphia Inquirer. On the side, she wrote children’s and young adult novels and submitting them to publishers. In her early years, she mostly wrote non-fiction books. Her best-known novel to date “Speak” was published in 1999 by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. The novel was a New York Times Bestseller and was adapted into a film in 2004. Since its release, the novel has been translated into 16 different languages. She wrote the historical fiction Fever 1793 which received two starred reviews, state and national awards, as well as being a Publishers Weekly Bestseller.

Next, she wrote a book published in 2002 with the title “Catalyst” which also became a Barnes & Noble Best Teen Book of 2002 and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. She also wrote the fiction picture book Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving which was named in the ALA Amelia Bloomer List and the Junior Library Guild Selection. She wrote and published the book “Prom” in 2005 which was featured in the New York Times Bestseller list as well as receiving three starred reviews, was nominated for several state awards and garnered recognition from the American Library Association and the International Reading Association.

Her fourth book, Twisted, won awards such as the ALA Best Book for Young Adults 2008, ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults 2008, International Reading Association Top Ten of 2007, and New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age, as well as making it to the New York Times Bestseller list. She released Wintergirls in March 2009. The book garnered five-star reviews and nominations for state awards, was named an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, was a Junior Library Guild Selection, and debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list.

She published another historical fiction novel, Chains, the first in a trilogy dubbed Seeds of America and awarded the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. The one following this, Seeds of America became a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Kirkus Best Book for Teens: Historical Novels 2010, The Horn Book Fanfare List Best Book of 2010, and one of the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) 2011 Best Books for Young Adults.

Laurie Halse Anderson Books

Young adult novels

  • Speak (1999)
  • Catalyst (2002)
  • Prom (2005)
  • Twisted (2007)
  • Wintergirls (2009)
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory (2014)
  • Speak: the graphic novel, New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2018

Historical novels

  • Fever 1793 (2000)
  • Seeds of America series
      1. Chains (2008)
      2. Forge (2010)
      3. Ashes (2016)


  • Ndito Runs (1996)
  • Turkey Pox (1996)
  • No Time for Mother’s Day (2001)
  • The Big Cheese of Third Street (2002)
  • Thank You, Sarah! The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving(2002)
  • Independent Dames: What You Never Knew About the Women and Girls of the American Revolution (2008)
  • The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School (2009)
  • Vet Volunteers series
      1. Fight for Life: Maggie (2000)
      2. Homeless: Sunita (2000)
      3. Trickster: David (2000)
      4. Manatee Blues: Brenna (2000)
      5. Say Good-Bye: Zoe (2001)
      6. Storm Rescue: Sunita (2001)
      7. Teacher’s Pet: Maggie (2001)
      8. Trapped: Brenna (2001)
      9. Fear of Falling: David (2001)
      10. Time to Fly (2002)
      11. Masks (2002)
      12. End of the Race (2003)
      13. New Beginnings (2012)
      14. Acting Out (2012)
      15. Helping Hands (2013)
      16. Treading Water (2014)
      17. Left Behind (2016)

Laurie Halse Anderson Quotes

  • It’s bad timing, but a lot of kids become teenagers just as their parents are hitting their mid-life crisis. So everybody’s miserable and confused and seeking that new sense of identity.
  • Sometimes things just fall out of your head on the paper, and if you’re smart, you learn not to touch them.
  • Each reader has to find her or his own message within a book.
  • That can be the most painstaking aspect of being a teen, figuring out what the world really looks like. If you find someone in a book, you know you’re not alone and that’s what’s so comforting about books.
  • If I can write a book that will help the world make a little more sense to a teen, then that’s why I was put on the planet.

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