May 23, 2018

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Review: Speak

Recently, I was talking to one of my students, and she told me that she preferred to read novels, because she liked to make her own images in her head. I get it. I happen to love both novels and graphic novels, and I’m also an avid fan of audiobooks… but I totally get her […]

A Beloved YA Classic’s Transition to Graphic Novel Format

Author Laurie Halse Anderson and illustrator Emily Carroll describe the challenging yet richly rewarding experience of adapting Speak.

Big-Name Authors Sign on for DC’s New Graphic Imprints for Middle Grade, YA

DC Entertainment announces new YA and middle grade imprints for Fall 2018.

Sparking the Conversation Through Graphic Novels

New and forthcoming graphic novels address contemporary social issues.

Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson | SLJ Review

Gr 7 Up –Melinda is already a pariah on her first day as a freshman at Merryweather High.

41 Stellar Titles | January 2018

Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel Speak in graphic novel format; Vashti Harrison’s charming, informative exploration of black women throughout history; an audio edition of Philip Pullman’s much-anticipated latest.

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Laurie Halse Anderson Reflects on the “Seeds of America” Trilogy

Pat Scales speaks with the prolific author about conducting historical research, creating authentic voices, and approaching our nation’s history with honesty.

In “Book Club For Kids” Podcasts, Tween Talk Is Front and Center

Kitty Felde’s podcasts feature middle schoolers talking about books by authors from Roald Dahl to Laurie Halse Anderson. Each episode also features a celebrity reading, background about the title, and often an author interview.

YA A to Z: Laurie Halse Anderson

Why I chose Laurie Halse Anderson: There are certain authors whose works are an immediate must-read for me, regardless of what they’re about. I don’t need to know what a new Laurie Halse Anderson book is about—I already know I’ll read it. Anderson’s powerful and memorable books never fail to affect me. I’ve read Speak, […]

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory, Laurie Halse Anderson Viking, January 2014 Reviewed from final copy Addiction, depression, PTSD; these weighty problems are the main focus of Laurie Halse Anderson’s The Impossible Knife of Memory, recently longlisted for the National Book Award. There’s definitely some great writing here that is worth talking about; Anderson’s ability to sustain an […]

SLJ Columnist Pat Scales Addresses Censorship Concerns in Libraries

Librarian and SLJ columnist Pat Scales responds to a range of censorship issues from librarians around the country.

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PEN/Stephen Kroll Finalists Announced; I Love My Librarian Award Nominees Wanted | News Bites

Lizzie Skurnick Books, a new imprint from Ig Publishing, brings back beloved YA titles; Laurie Halse Anderson wins the Empire State Award; nominate your favorite librarian for the “I Love My Librarian” award; and more.