BACKSTORY: Laurie Halse Anderson has spent the past twenty years meeting people all over the world who have been moved by her novel Speak. This book is for and about them—and about Laurie’s own journey to becoming the activist she is today.
WHO ELSE IS THIS BOOK FOR? Every fan of Laurie Halse Anderson’s YA books; teens (and adults) grappling with assault and harassment, whether it happened to them, a friend, or simply in the media around them; teachers who use Speak in their classrooms and librarians who have been handing Speak to kids for twenty years; parents looking for a book to help them discuss sexual assault with their tweens and teen children; and anyone who loves poetry. People will want to buy two copies, one to gift and one to keep.
POETRY MOMENT: Poetry is huge right now with teens and adults: see the massive success of Instagram stars Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace, Courtney Peppernell, Lang Leav, pleasfindthis, and more.
A COLLECTOR’S ITEM: The book will be beautifully designed, with a small, gifty trim size and interior decorations. It will be a must-own and must-gift item.
TIMELY AND RELEVANT: Laurie has been working on this book amid the firestorm of the 2016 election, #MeToo, #TimesUp, and the public conversations happening worldwide about rape, consent, sexual harassment, and gender. This is a timely and significant publication that makes an important contribution to the discussion.
SCHEDULING: The book’s release will coincide with the twentieth anniversary of Speak’s publication. Macmillan will publish an anniversary edition of Speak in January 2019. And we’ll also time publication so the book is available for National Poetry Month.
PRAISE FOR SHOUT:
“Anderson’s prose is so gorgeous…that at times the book needs to be put down to absorb her utter mastery of language.”—Entertainment Weekly
★ “In this powerful memoir told in free verse, Anderson delves into her past…Her potent words and willingness to shout her message are proof of the soundness of that advice.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “A captivating, powerful read about clawing your way out of trauma, reclaiming your body,and undoing lifetimes of lessons in order to use your voice as the weapon it is. Fervent and deafening.”—Booklist, starred review
★ “Readers new to Anderson will find this accessible. It’s a strong example of how lived experience shapes art and an important book for the #MeToo movement.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ “A praise song to survivors, a blistering rebuke to predators, and a testament to the healing power of shared stories.”—The Horn Book, starred reivew
★ “Will ring out to readers who themselves believe in the power of stories.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review
★ “In searing free verse, Anderson unloads decades of trauma on these pages…Longtime Anderson fans will appreciate this deeply personal look into how the author channeled her pain into the writing of Speak, and readers new to her work will be swept up in her singular style, which melds bold honesty with fluttering moments of lyrical beauty.”
—Bookpage, starred review
★ “More than a gifted writer, Anderson is an advocate for anyone who feels alienated. Her sensitive, incisive book is essential for all young people.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Immensely powerful.”—Shelf Awareness, starred review
★ “If there was ever a doubt about the power of Anderson’s authorial voice, make no mistake now…a collective masterpiece.”—School Library Connections, starred review
★ “Poetry is very often written to be heard, and this collection in particular ought to be heard—spoken proudly by Anderson, outloud, and at full volume.”—Booklist review of the audio edition, starred review
“With Speak, Anderson opened the door for more novels exploring the deeply felt and deeply personal aftermath of sexual violence. SHOUT serves as both a testament to the life-altering, lifesaving impact of these types of stories—and as an urgent and brutal reminder of their ongoing necessity.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A powerful testament that bears witness not just to [Anderson’s] own pain, and the pain of others similarly abused, but also to the power of speaking persistently, time and time again, about topics that most people don’t want to hear.”
—The Los Angeles Review of Books
“An absolutely essential read for teenagers and the people who know them.”—Refinery29
PRAISE FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY:
- New York Times bestseller
- 2014 National Book Award longlist
- A Publishers Weekly Best Young Adult Book of 2014
- A School Library Journal Best Young Adult Book of 2014
- YALSA 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults
“Anderson’s novels…speak for the still-silent among us, and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore.”—New York Times
“The Impossible Knife of Memory isn’t always an easy read—Anderson’s gritty, authentic look at PTSD is by turns painful and heartbreaking—but it’s an important one.”—Entertainment Weekly
“Andy comes home from the war in Iraq honored for his service, and haunted by it. The war still goes on inside of him and threatens to make Hayley another casualty. Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the best known writers of literature for young adults and children in the world. ”—Scott Simon, NPR Weekend Edition
“Laurie Halse Anderson has been lauded and awarded for her ability to channel the teenage mind (and heart) dealing with tough issues. In The Impossible Knife of Memory, she takes on PTSD through the story of a girl coping with her troubled veteran dad.”—Family Circle
“At turns heartbreaking, at turns funny, the narrative in this book is so spot on I wanted to give Hayley my phone number so she would have a friend in times of crisis. Seriously—does ANYONE write troubled teen characters with the realism, grace, and soul of Laurie Halse Anderson?”—Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Between the Lines
“Laurie Halse Anderson serves the families of veterans with the same honor, dignity, and respect that the veterans, who serve us, deserve. With her trademark hope, humor, and heart-breaking realism, Laurie Halse Anderson has given us a roadmap to heal. She is a treasure.”—Stephen Chbosky, New York Times bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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