By Laurie Halse Anderson

Current & Digital Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Laurie Halse Anderson for Chains
  • Kathi Appelt for The Underneath
  • E. Lockhart for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  • Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now

YPL Winner That Year: Judy Blundell for What I Saw and How I Lied

Judges That Year: Holly Black, Daniel Handler, Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, Cynthia Voigt

The Year in Literature: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz won the Newbery Medal. The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean won the Printz Award.

More Information: Chains went on to win the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction in 2009. Anderson was previously nominated for a National Book Award in 1999 for Speak.

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