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Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson is a New York Times-bestselling author who writes for all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has sold nearly five million copies. Two of her books, "Speak" and "Chains," were National Book Award finalists. "Chains" also made the Carnegie Medal shortlist in the United Kingdom. Her YA novel, "The Impossible Knife of Memory," was longlisted for the National Book Award. Her new memoir, "Shout," was published early last month.