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BC: My Furry Friends

FC: The Life Of Laurie Halse Anderson By: Mackenzie Fuller My Author is Laurie Halse Anderson

1: Laurie Halse Anderson was born on October 23, 1961. Laurie was born right by the Canadian border.

2: The pets she had when she was young, inspired her to write at a young age. Her first poem was about her kitten, Soot, that she had when she was little. ''I was playing with her on the front porch and she was so cute and wonderful i had to write it down'' she said.

3: Our Furry Friends.. | As a child Anderson was an avid reader of such authors as Judy Blume, Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Mary Norton and e.B White, but out of all those writers Judy Blume was her favorite.

4: Laurie's favorite movies when she was growing up were JAWS and Star Wars. also, another thing she loved when she was growing up was arguing with her sister and rebelling against her parents.

5: Laurie's second grade teacher taught the class how to write short Japanese poems called ''Haiku''. Anderson credits this experience as ''the moment she decided to become a writer''.

6: In middle school however, she remembered that some of her classmates were violent, and claims that some students brought knives to school.

7: This atmosphere she had in middle school inspired her to apply for and win a scholarship to attend a private school when she was in the eighth grade.

8: Laurie's dad was a clergyman at their church for a long, long time, but when she was about to go into highschool her dad started refusing to do things at the church. so he lost his job. Then Laurie had to start her freshan year in a suburban HighSchool where she knew on one and her social group were called ''dirt bags''.

9: After highschool, Anderson went to Onondaga County Community College in 1981. After that she then transfered to Georgetown University in Washington D.C, her main course of study was in Spanish and German. she graduated from Georgetown in 1984.

10: ''The animals I have shared my life with have taught me how to love and how to care for something besides myself. They inspire me. They have been and are my bestfriends.''

11: " | After college she took a job for the local newspaper. Then she wanted to move on and get her own books published.

12: Since she left her job at the local newspaper, she has published picture books for young children, a series about animals for middle age readers and two highly acclaimed novels for young adults, Speak and Fever in 1973

13: " | Anderson seems to have an uncanny memory for the concerns of the teen years. She says that writing Speak brought all the uncomfortable feelings of her adolescences back to the surface ''My teenage self took over. My face broke out. for the first time in years, I started worrying that my thighs were too big and my boobs were too small. All the joy of adolescence came rushing back''.

14: Speak, Fever, WinterGirls, Prom, Twisted, Chains, Catalyst, Forge, Wild At Heart Series. Are books she has wrote.

15: My book was Speak. It was about a girl named Melinda who is a freshman in highSchool, and she was previously raped by a guy named Andy at a party when she was drunk. At school she starts to become depressed and goes silent. She wont speak to anyone because she is too afraid to. When she meets Mr. Freeman the art teacher, she starts to tell her story with her drawings, and the project they were assigned to.

16: She can only express herself in her artwork, which Mr. Freeman shows Interest in. She has her own hideout area it is in a janitors closet she also goes their to think and be alone. David her lab partner is encouraging her to speak up for herself, after a while she be-friends him. Throughout the school year she starts thinking about the past and has gotten strength to confront what had happened to her, but then she finds out that ''IT'' (Andy) goes to her school.

17: Melinda finds out that Rachel her ex-bestfriend starts to date Andy. She tries to warn Rachel but she didn't listen, then she tried again trying to tell her that Andy had raped her at the summer party, she still doesn't listen.

18: When the end of the school year is coming close to an end, Melinda doesn't want to be silent anymore. While she was in her hideout spot, Andy confronts her about lying about the rape. Then he tries to assault her again, Melinda finally got the courage to speak up and say ''NO''. When the news about the closet thing Melinda speaks up and talks to Mr. Freeman about it.

19: ''This presentation contains copyrighted material used under the educational fair use exemption to U.S. Copyright law.'' (Simpson, 70)

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