Wednesday, March 4, 2015

An Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson

As if the previous post about the amazing qualities of YA literature wasn't enough to convince you just how wonderful YA is, read this interesting interview with Laurie Halse Anderson. Not only is Halse Anderson an acclaimed author of more than 10 books (both children's and YA), she's an avid believer that YA needs more diversity when it comes to gender and race, but also when it comes to characters dealing with mental illnesses.

In her latest book, The Impossible Knife of Memory, Halse Anderson writes about the issues of suicide, PTSD, and addiction. While these are not light topics by any means, they are definitely topics that need talking about regardless of age. In the interview, Halse Anderson discusses just how critical YA books can be for teens and adults alike. 

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