Thursday, March 6, 2014

Teen Book Festival Author Profile: Laurie Halse Anderson

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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 Andy’s 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.

Author Laurie Halse Anderson feels you should read her newest book because "It is my best book ever".  Considering Ms. Anderson is the creator of such classic Teen books as Speak, Fever 1793, Prom, Twisted, Wintergirls, Chains, Forge, and Catalyst, this is quite the claim to fame!  I know both Speak and Twisted have been on school reading lists for a few years.  Be sure to check out at least one of Laurie Halse Anderson's books, and come see her at the Teen Book Festival at Nazareth College on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 - 5:00.  In the meantime, here are five fun facts about Laurie Halse Anderson!

1. I can cut down trees with a chainsaw.

2. I can also split logs with an axe.

3. My homemade macaroni and cheese has magical healing properties.

4. The stray dog I adopted used a Jedi mind trick to tell me his name.

5. I am quite good at cursing in Danish.


  1. Sounds like a good book. One to read, and an author to look out for

  2. Definitely! Laurie Halse Anderson is a fantastic writer. I enjoy her historical fiction novels.