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. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. 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 combatting censorship, Laurie regularly speaks about the need for diversity in publishing. She lives in Philadelphia, where she enjoys cheesesteaks while she writes. Find out more about Laurie by visiting madwomanintheforest.com or following her on Twitter at @halseanderson.