You all know Laurie Halse Anderson’s work through reading Speak.  She has several other books as well, and all of them are great.  She writes about tough subjects such as rape, eating disorders, and being outcast.  Her newest book, The Impossible Knife of Memory, is about Hayley, whose father suffers from PTSD after his return from Iraq.  They move around a lot, but they are finally back in her father’s hometown.  Hayley has hope that being in one place will finally allow her to have a normal life, and maybe even a relationship.

I can’t wait to read this one!  Anderson’s books always get at the heart of a tough issue, and I am sure this one won’t disappoint!  Here is an interview with Laurie in which she talks about her new book, as well as some of her others.