Books by Laurie Halse Anderson

THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY 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

"A good match with Russell Freedman's Washington at Valley Forge (2008). (appendix, glossary, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
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

"The just-deadpan-enough text carries the visuals with ease—a well-coiffed winner. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"Due to the author's and the subject's popularity, this should be a much-discussed book, which rises far above the standard problem novel. (Fiction. YA)"
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

"While waiting, they can enjoy M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves, another superb take on the subject. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 10 & up)"
" ‘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

"Trimmed down, this would have been a marvelous alternative to the Dead White Men version of history—but not as is. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
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

"Taking matters into his own hands, Tyler decides that he must make a choice about what kind of man he wants to be, with or without his father's guidance. (Fiction. YA)"
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

"Expect teen readers to be quoting aloud to each other, and giggling. (Fiction. YA)"
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 >
THANK YOU, SARAH by Laurie Halse Anderson
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Thank you, Anderson and Faulkner. (bibliography of sources) (Picture book/biography. 6-9)"
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

"It confronts moral issues, religious conundrums, and the dynamics of emotions in young adult lives as two girls driven by the past and present realize their impact on the future. (Fiction. YA)"
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

"Kids who have ever felt left out or picked on will appreciate this "bigger-than-life" slice of justice. (Picture book. 5-8)"
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

"The plot is gripping and the characters are powerfully drawn, but it is its raw and unvarnished look at the dynamics of the high school experience that makes this a novel that will be hard for readers to forget. (Fiction. 12+)"
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 >
NO TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY by Laurie Halse Anderson
Released: March 1, 1999

"Charity's care in coming up with a present is subtly conveyed, making the lesson far more powerful. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A refreshing story about Mother's Day features a terrifically thoughtful girl who comes up with just the right present. Read full book review >