Books by Laurie Halse Anderson

Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A characteristically honest and deeply felt exploration of the lingering scars of war. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A family struggles to hold itself together in the wake of war. Read full book review >
FORGE by Laurie Halse Anderson
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

At the end of Chains (2008), Isabel rescues her friend Curzon from Bridewell Prison and rows away from Manhattan in their escape from slavery. Read full book review >

THE HAIR OF ZOE FLEEFENBACHER GOES TO SCHOOL by Laurie Halse Anderson
FICTION
Released: June 23, 2009

To say that Zoe's hair is unruly wildly understates the case. Read full book review >

WINTERGIRLS by Laurie Halse Anderson
FICTION
Released: March 19, 2009

Neither therapy nor threats nor her ex-best friend's death can turn Lia away from her habits of cutting and self-starvation. Read full book review >

CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson
FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2008

" 'Freedom and liberty' has many meanings," but enslaved Isabel knows that while Loyalists and Patriots battle for their own versions of freedom, she is "chained between two nations" that uphold slavery. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 3, 2008

A jam-packed, busy presentation overwhelms this otherwise fresh exploration of women's contributions to the War of Independence. Read full book review >

TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2007

Anderson returns to weightier issues in the style of her most revered work, Speak (1999), and stretches her wings by offering up a male protagonist for the first time. Read full book review >

PROM by Laurie Halse Anderson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2005

Ashley thinks of herself as a normal kid: best friend next door, hot, but unreliable dropout boyfriend, parents a bit spacey, and a household barely hanging in there. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

The impish Faulkner (The Monster Who Ate My Peas, 2001, etc.) illustrates this rousing account of Sarah Hale's campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday with crowds of caricatured celebrants in buckskins, football equipment, and every style of dress in between. Read full book review >

CATALYST by Laurie Halse Anderson
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Newton's law proclaims to every action there's always an equal reaction. Read full book review >

THE BIG CHEESE OF THIRD STREET by Laurie Halse Anderson
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2002

Talk about your half-pint! Read full book review >

FEVER 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

In an intense, well-researched tale that will resonate particularly with readers in parts of the country where the West Nile virus and other insect-borne diseases are active, Anderson (Speak, 1999, etc.) takes a Philadelphia teenager through one of the most devastating outbreaks of yellow fever in our country's history. Read full book review >

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
Released: Oct. 22, 1999

A frightening and sobering look at the cruelty and viciousness that pervade much of contemporary high school life, as real as today's headlines. Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1999

A refreshing story about Mother's Day features a terrifically thoughtful girl who comes up with just the right present. Read full book review >