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 8 million copies. She has been nominated three times 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. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheese steaks 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.
Praise for Speak "In a stunning first novel, Anderson
uses keen observations and vivid imagery to pull readers into the
head of an isolated teenager. . . . Yet Anderson infuses the
narrative with a wit that sustains the heroine through her pain and
holds readers' empathy. . . . But the book's overall gritty realism
and Melinda's hard-won metamorphosis will leave readers touched and
inspired." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"An uncannily
funny book even as it plumbs the darkness, Speak will hold readers
from first word to last." --The Horn Book, Starred Review"A
frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that
pervade much of contemporary high school life, as real as today's
headlines. . . . The plot is gripping and the characters are
powerfully drawn . . . a novel that will be hard for readers to
forget." --Kirkus Reviews, Pointer Review"Melinda's pain is
palpable, and readers will totally empathize with her. This is a
compelling book, with sharp, crisp writing that draws readers in,
engulfing them in the story." --School Library JournalA story
told with acute insight, acid wit, and affecting prose.
--Library JournalMelinda's voice is distinct, unusual, and very
real as she recounts her past and present experiences in bitterly
"Ironic, occasionally even amusing vignettes. . . . Melinda's
sarcastic wit, honesty, and courage make her a memorable character
whose ultimate triumph will inspire and empower readers."
--Booklist Praise for Speak: The Graphic Novel: "[Emily
Carroll] should be recognized as one of the best graphic
storytellers out there."
--Kate Beaton, author of Hark! A Vagrant"What a talent. What a voice."
--Mark Siegel, author of Sailor Twain, or The Mermaid in the Hudson"Carroll knows how to capture uncomfortable emotions--guilt, regret, possessiveness, envy--and transform them into hair-raising narratives."
--New York Times Book Review