Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Awarad finalst and Printz Honor Book, Speak. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed YA books, Prom, Twisted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction, Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O'Dell Award-winner, Chains.  She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at