Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O'Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.
Gr 9 Up-Tired of his image as a geek and being ignored at school, Tyler's graffiti spraying stunt at the end of his junior year in high school gets him arrested. He spends the summer doing community service and landscaping work and returns to school with a pumped up body and a new bad-boy image. The beautiful and popular Bethany (the daughter of his father's boss ) falls for him but dumps him when he refuses to sleep with her when she's drunk. Things quickly slide downhill from there, making Tyler's life tense both at school and at home. The teen becomes more and more emotionally unstable and he tries to figure out how to remedy the situation. Mike Chamberlain punches out the voice of Tyler with honesty and intensity. This captivating novel's fast-paced plot, laugh-out-loud one liners, and gritty realism will keep listeners enthralled.-Karen T. Bilton, Mary Jacobs Library, Rocky Hill, NJ Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"Anderson returns to weightier issues in the style of her most revered work, Speak (1999), and stretches her wings by offering up a male protagonist for the first time."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review