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Featured books by Laurie Halse Anderson

Whether writing about the past or present, real people or imagined characters, Laurie Halse Anderson is a compelling writer. She plays with form and style to present individuals from the inside and Anderson's playful side emerges when she looks at real history and women who played a role in it. She also has a particular fondness for animals, expressed in the ongoing series, Vet Volunteers. Meet the many sides of an award-winning author for young people on the pages of her books.

Chains

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Isabel, an enslaved 13-year old, and her younger sister are set to be freed but instead are sold to a ruthless Loyalist at the start of the Revolutionary War. Life in New York City during the time comes vividly alive as do the complexities of the war

Fight for Life

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Maggie lives with her grandmother who is a veterinarian and owner of the animal clinic called Wild at Heart. In this first in the series, Maggie and other volunteers find the puppy mill responsible for the sick animals brought to the clinic — and help shut it down.

Homeless

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sunita, a volunteer at the Wild at Heart Animal Clinic, desperately wants a cat of her own, but her parents won't hear of it. Eventually, Sunita gets her animal as readers learn about feral cats and the need for animal control.

Independent Dames: What You Never Knew about the Women and Girls of the American Revolution

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This fact and fun-filled look at female contributions to the American Revolution provides a serious but lighthearted introduction to a range of known and unknown women. Affable illustrations include thought and speech bubbles.

Thank You, Sarah: The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Perhaps Abraham Lincoln was persuaded by the many letters written by Sarah Hale, but the all-American Thanksgiving celebration as a national holiday has only been in official since 1863. Humor abounds in this slightly offbeat look at history.

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