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Laurie Halse Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York on October 23, 1961. She received a B.S.L.L. in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a freelance reporter. Her first book, Ndito Runs, was published in 1996. She has written numerous books for children including Turkey Pox, No Time for Mother's Day, Fever 1793, Speak, Catalyst, Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution, Chains and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She also created the Wild at Heart series, which was originally published by American Girl but is now called the Vet Volunteers series and is published by Penguin Books for Young Readers. Anderson has been nominated and won multiple honorary awards for her literary work. For the masterpiece Speak, Anderson won the Printz Honor Book Award, a National Book Award nomination, Golden Kite award, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Her book Fever 1793 won the American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults selection and the Junior Library Guild selection. In 2008, Chains was selected for the National Book Award Finalist and in 2009 was awarded for its Historical Fiction the Scott O'Dell Award. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Speak 13,263 copies, 695 reviews
Fever 1793 5,402 copies, 226 reviews
Wintergirls 3,694 copies, 290 reviews
Chains 3,364 copies, 211 reviews
Twisted 2,391 copies, 136 reviews
Catalyst 1,938 copies, 54 reviews
The Impossible Knife of Memory 1,194 copies, 79 reviews
Forge 1,098 copies, 37 reviews
Prom 1,078 copies, 47 reviews
SHOUT 656 copies, 31 reviews
Fight for Life 566 copies, 5 reviews
Ashes 510 copies, 13 reviews
Speak: The Graphic Novel 438 copies, 26 reviews
Homeless 429 copies, 3 reviews
Here We Are : Feminism for the Real World (Contributor) 220 copies, 12 reviews
Love & Sex (Contributor) 66 copies, 3 reviews
Guys Read: Heroes and Villains (Contributor) 37 copies

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