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        Laurie Halse Anderson

        Thinking it was time to get a real job, Laurie realized that people would actually pay her to write. She became a freelance writer and journalist. Laurie Halse Anderson's intense desire to not have to do the same thing day in and out turned into numerous picture books, middle-grade titles and award-winning teen and historical fiction, including National Book Award finalist, Speak, and National Book Award finalist, Chains.

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        Using "Speak" in the Curriculum

        Laurie Halse Anderson believes that the most important thing about studying literature is finding stories, like "Speak", that really connect with the kids, and inspire a love of reading.

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        What's Next?

        Laurie Halse Anderson talks about the new stories she's writing for young kids and teens.

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        Sharing Success

        Laurie Halse Anderson recalls the very special moment when she gathered with her fellow writers and nominees for the 2008 National Book Awards.

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        Historical Accuracy

        Laurie Halse Anderson is very careful to "get the history right" in her historical fiction. Educators hold children's writers to a high standard.

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        More Stories to Tell

        When she finished "Chains", Laurie Halse Anderson realized she still had more to write about the characters, especially Corazon's story.

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        Digging up the Facts

        Learning that Ben Franklin was a slave owner was shocking to Laurie Halse Anderson, and she dug deep into primary source research to learn more.

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        Revulsions & Revisions

        Laurie Halse Anderson really enjoys researching her historical fiction. Sometimes, as with her original draft for "Fever", the truth can be too graphic for young readers.

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        Wintergirls

        Like all her other Young Adult (YA) novels, "Wintergirls" comes out of Laurie Halse Anderson's interaction with teenagers. Several years ago, she started hearing from young girls about their eating disorders.

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        Twisted

        Laurie Halse Anderson wrote "Twisted" to try to understand the true emotional life of boys, and how burying their emotions can sometimes make teen boys do "profoundly stupid things."

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        A Bumpy Start

        Laurie Halse Anderson struggled with learning to read. Once she cracked the code, she became a voracious reader. And then she discovered writing.

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        Speak

        Laurie Halse Anderson says that "the subconscious is where all the really good writing takes place." She wrote Speak as a way to better understand the world of adolescents and her own experiences growing up.

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        Choosing a Favorite

        Laurie Halse Anderson chooses a "favorite" book.

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        Are You in There?

        Often, there are some details that Laurie Halse Anderson will pull from her own experience that she'll 'hide' in a character in a contemporary novel. But historical novels are a little bit different.

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        Genre Jumping

        Laurie Halse Anderson writes about what intrigues her. When she finds that topic, "it’s like the transmission drops into gear and it’s like, 'Vroom!' And I take off..."

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        First Books

        Anderson's first published book was a gentle story about a young Kenyan girl. She loves seeing the world through a child's eyes.

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        Animal Attraction

        Animals have always been part of Laurie Halse Anderson's life: from teenage years working on a Danish pig farm to the family dog.

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        Family Influences

        Laurie Halse Anderson's father was a poet and a storyteller and would talk at the dinner table about the roots of words and the world's languages.

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