Laurie Halse Anderson has been published to huge critical acclaim in the United States. Known for tackling tough subjects with humour and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains was also shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal in the UK. In 2009 Laurie was honoured with the Margaret A. Edwards Awards, given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature”. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York where she likes to watch snow fall as she writes.
Hayley is struggling - struggling to make sure her ex-army dad shows up to work, struggling to avoid her stepmother, struggling not to fall in love with Finn, who really seems to get her. Struggling to forget the past. But some memories run too deep, and soon the cracks start to show.
Shocking, mesmerising and utterly convincing, Lia tells the story of her disjointed life in the iron grip of an eating disorder. Already happily embracing the demons who drive her not to eat, Lia is now pursued also by the voice of her best friend Cassie who has just committed suicide begging her to keep control and stay thin. At first Lia obeys but gradually she begins to break free; the desire not to eat is tempered by some hope for a future. ...and a Piece of Passion from the Publisher, Marion Lloyd: I have a longstanding dislike of novels written for young people for the purpose of examining a particular issue – bullying, pregnancy, self-harm, divorce, or whatever. I very often turn them down because, for me, the ‘issue’ is not the story. Stories are not to be confused with therapy or education. So when WINTERGIRLS was submitted to us from America, I expected not to like it. My prejudices were blasted away, powerfully and painfully. It hurt to read it, but it made me want to yell, ‘ If you want to understand this subject, then you must, must, MUST read this story!’The disease of anorexia is incredibly difficult for most people, even medical experts, to understand. It is deeply irrational, disturbing and complex. But reading the story of WINTERGIRLS allowed me to see how a teenage girl might deliberately starve herself to death, and this knowledge was empowering as well as devastating. It is an exceptionally brave book. Laurie Halse Andersen has found the perfect voice in which to tell a story which feels true in every detail. Painful, horrible, basic, shocking – but absolutely true. If you want to know how it feels to suffer from Asperger’s Syndrome, read the brilliant THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon. If you want to know how an anorexic sufferer feels, read WINTERGIRLS. This is a life-changing book, and if it could be a life-saving book for just one reader, then publishing it will be one of the proudest things I’ve ever done.
Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which Kirkus Reviews called the best book you'll ever read. As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge-but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel's little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state-where bounty hunters are thick as flies. Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won't stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom, in this grand finale to the acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy from Laurie Halse Anderson.
A beautifully written and riveting look at anorexia from acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson. Cassie and Lia are best friends, and united in their quest to be thin. But when Cassie is found dead in a motel room, Lia must question whether she continues to lose weight, or choose life instead.
For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. Will being back home help Andys PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.
From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops. Now her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. No one knows why she called the police, and she can't get out the words to explain. So she retreats into her head, determined not to think about it. But, try as she might, it just won't go away...
Meet Kate Malonestraight-A science and math geek, ministers daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell Early Decision Harvard Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it, as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it allor so she thinks. Then, things happen like a string of chemical reactions: first, the Malones neighbors get burned out of their own home and move in. Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teris little brother. The days are ticking by and shes still waiting to hear from the only college where shes applied: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of controland then, something occurs that truly blows it all apart. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will change the way you look at the world.
High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for writing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn't believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father's boss's daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy and Tyler's secret crush. That sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the worldFrom the Compact Disc edition.
From her first moment at Merryweather High, Melinda Sordino knows she's an outcast. She busted an end-of-summer party by calling the copsa major infraction in high-school societyso her old friends won't talk to her, and people she doesn't know glare at her. She retreats into her head, where the lies and hypocrisies of high school stand in stark relief to her own silence, making her all the more mute. But it's not so comfortable in her head, eitherthere's something banging around in there that she doesn't want to think about. Try as she might to avoid it, it won't go away, until there is a painful confrontation. Once that happens, she can't be silentshe must speak the truth. In this powerful audiobook, an utterly believable, bitterly ironic heroine speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while learning that, although it's hard to speak up for yourself, keeping your mouth shut is worse.
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