Visiting Author for Schools: Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson

Thursday, October 27. (Laurie will be visiting two schools: one in the morning and one in the afternoon)

Laurie Halse Anderson

Ashes (Book 3 in the Seeds of America trilogy): Return to the American Revolution in this blistering conclusion to the trilogy that began with the bestselling National Book Award Finalist Chains and continued with Forge, which the New York Times called “a return not only to the colonial era but to historical accuracy.” 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 Seeds of America trilogy from Laurie Halse Anderson.

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is a New York Times bestselling author of books for kids of all ages--including Speak, Fever 1793, Chains, Twisted, and many others. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Anderson was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the YALSA division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature." Anderson was born in Potsdam, New York in 1961. Growing up, she loved reading and listening to family stories. She graduated from Georgetown University in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, she was freelance journalist, and then worked part-time at a bookstore to earn money while working on her fiction. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. Visit Laurie at or on Twitter at @HalseAnderson.

Elementary or Middle School, grades 4-8

Laurie will present to any number, but prefers audiences of at least 100. The more the better! Laurie is unbelievable and memorable.

30-45 minutes, including Q&A.

Laurie will be bringing her laptop (a Mac with a dongle). She’ll need a microphone, projector, extension cord, and projection screen. And, a bottle of water.

Tattered Cover will design an order form that the school should distribute in advance of the author visit, and again on the day of the event to all student attendees. 

Ashes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416961468
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books - October 4th, 2016

Chains Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416905868
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books - January 5th, 2010

Forge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781416961451
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - April 24th, 2012