Talk:Laurie Halse Anderson

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It would be incredible if someone over the age of twelve would re-work this article. "Every day students read this book"? What? -jett 14:22, 6 July 2007 (UTC)

I did, Jett, with full citations, a Writer Infobox, the works. All such statements have been removed. It's not perfect--but it's no longer neglected and juvenile. --Carla Hufstedler 18:45, 24 July 2007 (UTC)
Um, it's still pretty terrible. “And then she tried the dreaded Revision…” -- (talk) 01:32, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
buster 58 im gona bust a nut in your face  — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mcgangbang123 (talkcontribs) 15:31, 16 May 2018 (UTC) 

Title of this article[edit]

Why is this article called Laurie Anderson (author) instead of Laurie Halse Anderson? Her official website, IMDB, etc. all refer to her using her middle name. Would spare some confusion to use her full name. (Unfortunately I don't know how to rename an article, n00b and all that. (: )Hexocain (talk) 19:49, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

I agree; her books all name her as Laurie Halse Anderson, as does her official website. I don't even know where she is ever referred to as simply Laurie Anderson. I'm going to move the page per WP:COMMONNAME. Andrea (talk) 01:07, 20 April 2009 (UTC)

Early Life[edit]

This article should have some information about her roots and where she comes from, how she got started in writing and where she went to school. Maybe a little about her family and things like that. Dreams-in-Shadows (talk) 04:40, 21 February 2012 (UTC)

Ideas for Revision[edit]

The article really needs organization. Right now all the information is located under career. A Genre section, describing what genre she writes in, might be helpful. Something about the controversy of her books would be good to. A censorship should be added on her page, because she seems to greatly oppose it. EmWriter90 (talk) 18:31, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Revision Suggestions[edit]

The information in the "Career" section is really informative and helpful, but it's all thrown into one section. The article would be better if it had more sections, such as genre and summaries of different books. Also, her life should be in the article. Where does she live, is she married, does she have a family. Also, things like the colleges she went to and maybe some interests. If there is a source for it, add any censorship battles she has had to fight. I would change the layout of the awards section and the works section. They disrupt the general flow of the article, just being lists. I realize that you may not be able to do anything about that, but it's just how I feel. You've done a great job so far! Dreams-in-Shadows (talk) 04:01, 10 April 2012 (UTC)


Latham, Don. "Melinda's Closet: Trauma and the Queer Subtext of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak." Children's Literature Association Quarterly 31.4 (Winter 2006): 369-382. Rpt. in Children's Literature Review. Ed. Tom Burns. Vol. 138. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

Latham, Don. "Melinda's Closet: Trauma and the Queer Subtext of Laurie Halse Anderson's Speak." Children's Literature Association Quarterly 31.4 (Winter 2006): 369-382. Rpt. in Children's Literature Review. Ed. Tom Burns. Vol. 138. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

"Laurie Halse Anderson." LitFinder Contemporary Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2010. LitFinder. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

Anderson, Laurie Halse, and James Blasingame. "Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson." Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 49.1 (Sept. 2005): 72-73. Rpt. in Children's Literature Review. Ed. Tom Burns. Vol. 138. Detroit: Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

"Explanation of: 'Speak' by Laurie Halse Anderson." LitFinder Contemporary Collection. Detroit: Gale, 2010. LitFinder. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

"Overview: Speak." Novels for Students. Ed. Sara Constantakis. Vol. 31. Detroit: Gale, 2010. Literature Resource Center. Web. 5 Mar. 2012.

"Laurie Halse Anderson (1961-)." Children’s Literature Review. Ed. Tom Burns. Vol. 138. Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning, 2008. 1-24. Literature Criticism Online. Gale. Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. 5 March 2012

Laurie halse anderson wins 2009 edwards award for significant and lasting contribution to young adult readers for catalyst; fever 1793; and speak. (2009, Jan 26). Targeted News Service, pp. n/a. Retrieved from

Prince, J. (2008). Writing from the heart: An interview with laurie halse anderson. Teacher Librarian, 36(2), 70-71. Retrieved from

Prince, J. (2008). Writing from the heart: An interview with laurie halse anderson. Teacher Librarian, 36(2), 70-71. Retrieved from — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bookworm1989 (talkcontribs) 19:17, 5 March 2012 (UTC)


Up for review Your instructor has asked me to look at the outlines for changes that you plan to make to this article. It appears that you have yet to create an outline on this talk page, so it's not possible for me to provide feedback. Please bear in mind that I will be happy to help you, but I can't do that if you don't make any effort yourself. Pacing yourself is key to this assignment and since semester is mostly over, you really need to ensure that you're keeping up with project. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 05:24, 25 March 2012 (UTC)

Peer review[edit]


So far, the sources used in the article do not appear to be peer-reviewed. The majority of the sources are from Laurie Halse Anderson's blog. While the blog is helpful, it is not as good as a secondary, peer-reviewed source. One of the references, "Who Wrote That? Featuring Laurie Halse Anderson", was published in California Kids!, but I cannot tell if it has been peer-reviewed. When used, the sources are clearly cited and placed. However, a lot of material in the articles still needs to be cited. For example, "The 1999 novel won an array of honors for Anderson, the author of three earlier picture books for younger readers, for its searing portrayal of a thirteen-year-old girl who becomes mute after a sexual assault".


The lead is severely lacking. It mentions nothing of her life, outside of her career. The flow of the writing throughout the article is okay. However, I would recommend rearranging the sections, placing the Publications section about the awards, since the books are mentioned in the Career section. The Career section seems focused more on the novels than on the author. Perhaps you could separate some of that information and make a new section on her more prominent novels or add it to the Publications section.


The writing in the article is okay. It is easy to understand, but, it could definitely be improved by adding more sentence variation. There are some simple grammatical issues, mostly commas that need to be added.

Suggestions for Improvement[edit]

First, I would suggest incorporating the peer-reviewed sources listed in the Resources section on this talk page. Try to gather more information from what others have published about her than from what she has said of herself. Use her blog to back up the other sources and when no secondary sources are available. Also, work on citing the opinionated sections of the article to avoid original research. Next, when it comes to the structure, I would suggest adding more biographical information, perhaps an image, as available. Focus on organizing the information, what should go in the Career section versus what should go in the Publications and Awards section. Think about creating new sections, like, Reception, Controversy (something about the censorship of her novels), and Style/Genre (does she have a specific writing style or genre?). Consider creating sections for her better known books like, Speak. Finally, I would suggest working on sentence variation. Try to change it up a bit; use less compound sentences. Check for grammatical errors, like missing commas.

EmWriter90 (talk) 17:29, 9 April 2012 (UTC)

Writing inspirations section[edit]

Just went over the new additions in this section, and there are a few problems with the text. The style of writing is not the neutral encyclopedic style we need to see. Statements like "Anderson writes about topics and themes that really matter, rather than what publishers and editors believe will sell more" need to be accredited to a person, not to Wikipedia's editorial voice. That phrase is an opinion, and needs to be framed that way. Overall, the tone is persuasive, rather than a neutral, summary style. We should also be careful liberally using quotes from the author; a few are illuminating, a lot make it read like we are letting the author define herself. We should be using summaries of secondary assessments of the author to describe her writing. The Interior (Talk) 19:20, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Agreed, there is a lot of bias and primary sourcing being used at the moment. Andrea (talk) 15:45, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

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Actors from New York[edit]

I deleted Category:Actors from New York because the article doesn't evidently support her acting even as a hobby. (There is no hit for 'actr'; only the category name for 'acto'; only the adaptation of Fever in Syracuse for 'theat' or 'stage'.)

--P64 (talk) 19:44, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Awards and nominations[edit]

I changed the section heading to (section 5) Laurie Halse Anderson#Awards and honors and provided full coverage there for the 2009 Margaret Edwards Award, the ALA lifetime award for young-adult writers. Meanwhile I reduced that to a simple sentence in the lead paragraph.

In the now-second paragraph of sec 5, I reduced the hype prose about picture books (which does not identify a single award that she won) and I clearly distinguished the few awards for her novels from the runners-up, nominations, and selections to booklists.

My edit summary says that awards (hype, repetition, ambiguity, no links) continue to need attention in sections 3–4 but that should be sections 3.2–3.3, Young-adult novels and Historical novels.

--P64 (talk) 18:13, 11 October 2013 (UTC)


I have removed some over detail and promotionalism. I emoted the repeated use of her name, the repeated use of the titles of her books, the self-serving quotation about the quality of her work from her own interview, listing mere nominations (exc. the NBookAward finalist, which is significant. There's more to be done, such as removing the duplication listing for the awards. DGG ( talk ) 21:42, 9 February 2015 (UTC)`

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