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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Teen Author Tuesday Presents 101 Reasons We Love Laurie Halse Anderson!

Okay, now don't be too disappointed, but I don't have an interview to share with you this week. However, I DO have a signed advance copy of FORGE!


Yes, you read that right! Today I'm featuring one of my very favorite authors, Laurie Halse Anderson, just because I think she's amazing, and I'm giving away her ARC, just because I appreciate all of you!

Just to prove to you all that I have a copy and it is signed by the lady herself, here's a picture of me being all can-barely-form-a-sentence fangirl with Laurie at BEA. Sorry about the blurry pic - it's from my cell phone. But still, I will treasure it always.



FORGE is a sequel to CHAINS, still in the midst of the American Revolution, but this time switching perspectives from Isabel to Curzon. One of my favorite things is hearing my favorite authors read from their books. Here's a little glimpse at Laurie reading the prologue of FORGE:



I love hearing the story the way the author meant for it to be told. (If you watch this before reading the rest, you'll hear her inflection through the whole thing). So here is what I'm going to do for the contest this week. I'm going to open this one up internationally, for anyone over 13 (or have someone over 13 enter for you). The contest will be open until next Tuesday night (August 3rd) at midnight PST. I'll announce the winner...as soon as I can after that.

Here's the game play: Because I love to bless other people, especially those who have blessed me (as in providing awesome books to read, being a great inspiration and encourager, etc. etc.) and also I love to chat about my favorite authors and what other people like best about them, let's come up with one hundred and one reasons we LOVE Laurie Halse Anderson. You can leave your reason in the comments below, or tweet a DIFFERENT reason using @denisejaden and @halseanderson (so I can find you if you win) in the tweet for an extra entry! In fact, for each different reason you tweet, I'll enter your name again for the prize.

Make sure to spread the word, though, because if we don't come up with a hundred and one...I'm keeping my precious copy! (Well, not really. But still spread the word anyway, k?)

You can give me a general reason, or a favorite character, favorite book, favorite scene...whatever you like. Let's bless the socks off of Laurie this week, just for fun!

I'll start with one of my many reasons, and I'll tweet some favorite books/characters later: I cannot get enough of Laurie Halse Anderson's writing voice. It's absolutely easy to read and engaging in everything she writes.

Your turn! And good luck!

52 comments:

  1. I did not know she was at BEA!!!! I missed so many awesome people there. Thankfully, I got to meet you, Denise!
    I did have the pleasure of meeting Laurie at the Brooklyn Book Festival last year where she signed my pretty copy of WINTERGIRLS. Laurie is a FANTASTIC speaker as well as an amazing, talented, passionate writer. I love her for her writing voice, as well as her personal voice. She is a beautiful woman inside and out and I truly admire her. Also, I love her cottage and I want one for my very own.

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  2. Why is Laurie Halse Anderson the author I most admire? Do you want 101 reasons right here? Probably not. Besides phenomenal writing, it's that she writes amazing books, each one unique in itself. From a little girl with wild hair, to a Revolutionary War period slave, to rape survivor, to inn keeper's daughter, to anorexic--each beautifully written with a distinct voice. And I didn't mention them all.

    Secondly, and I promise I'll stop here. LHA is so generous, sharing her life and wisdom with her readers. Some of her posts on writing are the most practical and insightful gems out there.

    Okay, I'm finished. Not really. But I'll keep the other 99 to myself for now.

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  3. I love Laurie so much because she writes about real issues. I'm sure there are many teens who can relate so easily to her stories.

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  4. I love LHA because I can type LHA and other bookish people know who I'm referring to!

    ALSO because she tackles difficult, and often painful, subjects in novels.

    Sara @ The Hiding Spot

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  5. I love LHA because her writing is tight, restrained but always packs an enormous emotional punch. She never overdoes it with melodrama, even though her subjects are always serious. A lesser author couldn't pull it off like she does.

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  6. I have never read any of her books before but, in reading about her on amazon, her books all sound remarkable. So I would have to say she must be an incredible writer.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  7. I love Laurie Halse Anderson because her books are so realistic! I came over from Shooting Stars Magazine. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

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  8. I love Laurie Halse Anderson because she transforms pain into healing.

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. I love Laurie because she is so approachable. Saw her in Chicago at ALA last summer and she is just such a regular person, jogging shoes and all. :)

    RJ

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  10. Laurie Halse Anderson is aswesome because she has a blog where whe really communicates with her readers.

    I mean, really communicates.

    She is the best!

    Shelley

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  11. I met Laurie when she was touring for TWISTED. I think it was the first author signing I went to (Michigan doesn't get a lot of visiting authors!) I loved that she was just as warm and personable as she is on her blog (previously the only way I'd known her) and she clearly loves what she does!

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  12. I love Laurie's writing. Laurie has the uncanny ability to find the root of a character's heart and mind, and write from that spot, making it so real and so easy for YA and OA (older adults) to connect with her characters. She takes risks with style and grammar and voice and punctuation; she's cutting edge, powerful.

    Mardie

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  13. I love LHA because she allowed me to visit the topic of anorexia without being overwhelmed

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  14. Laurie was my introduction to Young Adult literature. I read Speak and was changed. Her honesty and bare bones emotion that never turned maudlin shook my foundation. To know how true to the feelings of the moment an author can be and still maintain enough distance to be clear and poignant was a lesson for me as a writer.

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  15. Laurie is my favorite author, but is definitely at the top of the list of Good People, too.
    I e-mailed her thanking her for some of the words she wrote in Wintergirls, and how it calmed me as I was worried about my next year of teaching, which started the next day. I never expected a response; I just wanted her to hear my thanks.
    Months passed, and she got back to me, with a lengthy e-mail, saying she often thought about my classroom and was wondering how it was going. She genuinely cared! About me! Just some teacher who's a fan of her writing. And she has made this known to more than just me; I can see that in her tweets, facebook, blog posts, vlog posts...etc. Laurie is simply amazing.

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  16. I love her versatility as a writer and the authenticity of her characters' voices. Her books contain both brutality but still uplift the human spirit.

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  17. Why is Laurie Halse Anderson the best?
    1) My most reluctant readers (8th graders) love her books!
    2) She's challenging me with WFMAD. I can't write a novel in one month, but I can write 15 minutes a day.
    3) She has chickens! And she shares pictures and videos of her chickens on her blog!

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  18. Great books are rare to find, but what's even more rare is an author who passionately cares about reading and libraries and helping kids cope and actually does something about it.

    And even more rare is someone who does all that and still takes the time to reply to your e-mails like you're an old friend.

    LHA's a class act, all the way.

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  19. I love Laurie Halse Anderson! She is such an amazing writer! The first book I read of hers was Chains and I couldn't put it down! I quickly became obsessed and read Wintergirls, Speak, and Catalyst that same week. She has a way of putting you in the story and experiencing what is taking place. I would sometimes forget it was a story, it just seemed so real. I am also amazed that she has the ability to write about anything and everything! From her picture books, children's vet detective books (which my twin girls love!), historical thrillers, and YA! She is just a remarkable author and I am so grateful for her! I am so excited to read FORGE!!! Love, Lori C.

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  20. I just completed an author study on Laurie Halse Anderson for my YA lit class and read all of her books! She writes from the heart and deals with real issues that teens can relate. I always recommend her books to my high schoolers!

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  21. She is intensely positive and positively intense! She's also an awesome advocate for libraries!

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  22. I love Laurie Halse anderson because not only she a great author, but she interacts with her readers as a real person by sharing her thoughts, feelings, passions, and trials.

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  23. I love Laurie because she is a passionate advocate of libraries and librarians. Books are great, but without libraries people,especially kids, would not have access to all of Laurie's wonderful characters and voice without forking over oodles of money, which lots of people don't have right now. Laurie loves libraries and she's not afraid to speak her mind and beat up school boards to get what she wants (in the nicest possible way, of course).

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  24. I love LHA because her writing is so easy to fall into and her characters are so so real.

    I love LHA because she sent me a lit guide for Wintergirls before it came out and I wasn't expecting to get one. And it included a short note from her.

    I love LHA because she shares not just her words but her life- her amazing writing cottage and the journey of it's construction, her farming adventures, and her writing adventures.

    I love LHA because she is real and isn't afraid to be real.

    I love LHA because she encourages people to write with things like her WFMAD challenge and her revision tips after NaNoWriMo.

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  25. The terrorist attacks of 9/11 ignited a metamorphosis in my life, as I am sure they did for many. In an instant of a day, I determined that my career in the corporate world was trifling, and in what my husband then considered impulsive, at 43-years old, I quit my job and went back to college to pursue a degree in secondary English education. One of my first classes was adolescent lit. Speak was included in the 8 or 9 books assigned. I read Melinda’s story in one day, mesmerized by her unique voice - - vulnerability masked by sarcasm. The structure was unique, quirky, engaging.

    You have to understand, we really didn’t have adolescent or young adult literature back in the 70s; the classics were it. When I finished Speak, I remember being so excited that THIS was the kind of literature out there for the teenagers I would be teaching. While I’ve not taught Speak, I’ve recommended it to dozens of students. One of the great joys of being an English teacher is to have a student thank you for turning her on to a book. For this, I love Laurie.

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  27. Laurie Halse Anderson is an amazingly talented author writes with tenderness about difficult topics and characters. More importantly, she realy truly cares about her readers. She makes herself accessible to all and cares about their reactions to her books. Most of all, Laurie Halse Anderson cares about libraries, and puts herself on the front line of the fight to keep libraries open. Her speech at the New York Library Association SLMS Conference, when she accepted the Knickerbocker Award, was pure genius - and partly ad-libbed!

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  28. I love LHA because her books seem to come from the heart. The subject matter can be difficult like anorexia, or historical like yellow fever, and yet you feel like you are a part of the story. When we read Chains for our 6th grade book clubs, the students couldn't wait to pass the book on. Most said it was the best book they'd ever read. It's now avail as part of an 8th grade study on the American Rev!

    LHA is a great writer and I'm glad she tackles issues that students need and want to read about.

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  29. I love LHA because of the voice of her characters. I teach sophomores and I read example passages from Speak and Wintergirls to model for students what I mean when I say to write with voice and passion. We know people like the characters she is writing about in real life. Reading about these situations help us to heal and move on.

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  30. Laurie is simply amazing. Her chickens crack me up, too! She is so down to earth and REAL that I want to read every single word she writes whether it is fiction, historical fiction, blog, or children's book. She has NEVER disappointed me and I tell EVERY 8th grader I teach that he/she MUST read SPEAK before going off to high school!

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  31. I love Laurie Halse Anderson because she loves libraries and promotes them! I also love how she communicates with her readers on her blog and social media sites.

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  32. Laurie gave me about four hugs (and a kiss on my head) when I met her, which is the best thing anyone has ever given me. <3

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  33. Laurie has an incredible, poetic writing style. She turns extremely painful situations into beautiful works of art. She connects more deeply with me, with her book SPEAK, than any other author I have ever read. She is my favorite author as well as one of the most beautiful people I have ever met.

    I love you Laurie. <3

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  34. Laurie opened my eyes with WINTERGIRLS, and completely changed my life.
    In TWISTED, Laurie described so eloquently, and right-on, the pain of being suicidal. She writes like no other author.

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  35. Laurie has so much beautiful compassion and kindness in her heart. It's amazing. I want to be like her.

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  36. Laurie is:
    STRONG BEAUTIFUL AMAZING KIND COMPASSIONATE LOVING TALENTED SWEET FUN UNIQUE CARING EXQUISITE GENIUS INCREDIBLE BOLD ENDEARING BRAVE WONDERFUL AWE-SOME RARE INSPIRING SPECIAL FUNNY

    and so much more. Laurie you are my role model. <3

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  37. Savage and LaVilla InkAugust 1, 2010 at 5:11 AM

    LHA makes writing accessible to everyone and shows us through her blogs and books that it is possible, but it's also hard work. LHA also discusses topics through her books that are tough for young people (and adults) to discuss - thus opening up those feelings and allowing the expression of difficult emotions.

    I've only just begun reading Chains, but I'm looking forward to Forge.

    LHA, thanks for inspiring me to express more of myself through my writing and in my teaching.

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  38. Just one reason? That's tough! I love LHA because she doesn't talk down to her audience, mainly young adults. She creates realistic characters and places them in real situations to which young people can relate. Through her historical fiction novels, she makes history fun! I teach middle schoolers, and LHA tops my list of authors I recommend to my students!

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  39. I love Laurie Halse Anderson's books because they are so hard to put down....they are also so versatile, being able to write on a range of topics, with each book being absolutely fabulous!

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  40. Bridgette SpringerAugust 1, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    I love Laurie Halse Anderson for so many reasons. She reacted with near tears to the book t-shirts that my friend and I made. She sent my friend and I over one hundred dollars worth of books and ARCs from Penguin because we made her a book t-shirt. She's so incredibly genuine and humble. She's an amazing speaker. She writes books that address difficult subjects in a beautiful manner. Those are just a few of the reasons why I love Laurie Halse Anderson and always will.

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  41. I first read SPEAK several years ago, picking it up during a Scholastic Book Fair in our school library. After reading it, I hurried to our Language Arts teachers and begged them to include the book in their curriculum, especially for our 8th grade girls. I couldn't help but wonder how many of my former students kept such a secret, never telling anyone. I made it a point in my career as a middle school counselor to keep a copy of this book in my office and to offer it to students who I counseled. Many since have declared it to be one of their favorite books. Our Library now has several copies and our teachers continue to use it in their classes. Thank you Laurie for such a powerful book!

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  42. I love Laurie because she takes me places I can't get to on my own. She takes me back in time, and into character's lives. She helps me feel their emotions as they struggle with decisions and the consequences of those decisions.

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  43. I love Anderson's books because she writes historical fiction that kids really love and can relate to.

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  44. When Laurie's books come under attack at schools, she always comes out swinging with intelligent responses that make me want to join her in the fight.

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  45. I love Laurie for her honesty in the voice of her characters and for the strength that comes through, even in the depths of her characters' weaknesses.

    I love Laurie's use of real language in her novels so as to not minimalize the young adult experience, but to bring truth through the use of words that are true to young adults.

    I love that Laurie doesn't write books to make the masses happy, she doesn't fear "the man", she writes for the love of writing and for those of us who hunger for real, authentic, organic stories about they kinds of people who surround us every day.

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  46. I love Laurie as an author because her writing is fresh and relevant. I also love how involved she keeps her fans and friends with the other aspects of her life--I especially loved reading about her chicken escapades!

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  47. I love Laurie as an author because her writing is fresh and relevant. I also love how involved she keeps her fans and friends with the other aspects of her life--I especially loved reading about her chicken escapades!

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  48. What's not to love about LHA?

    As a writer, she is simply amazing.
    Her plots are straightforward without being simplistic.
    She writes for all people, not just young adults.
    Her vocabulary is rich without being dainty, and the tone of her narrative voice always fits her main characters perfectly.
    In other words, she hits that nearly inaccessible mark, that of perfect balance between interesting and authentic.
    Love, love Laurie Halse Anderson!

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  49. I heart LHA's writing because her characters encourage all sorts of readers to read on! Reluctant, geeky, or seasoned, students of the word are hooked by the historical details and fierce kids like Izzy and Curzon.

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  50. The first book of LHA that I read was Speak. What a book. Really made you think. She's not afraid to tackle topics that are edgy, and she does that with a grace. We may cry for the character, but we also feel uplifted. I followed that with her other books. Chains I read not that long ago, and really look forward to Forge, and being with the characters again.

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  51. I love LHA because she keeps my reading students reading making them closer to becoming life-long readers.

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