Who said it was time for October?

Geesh. Girl turns her back around for one second and another month flies by.

We had a blast in PA. Many thanks to all of Mer’s fantastic friends for making her birthday so special. The family had lunch together despite many of us facing wicked traffic jams. Sunday we loved listening to the Millersville Marching Band. And the Morgan State Marching Band was rocking!! If you ever get the chance to see them, go. The weekend flew by, but we snuck in visits to two out of four kids, plus caught up with my former husband and his family, and we watched some football and enjoyed the changing leaves in two states. Not too shabby.

Dane writes: … i am an eighth grade student in … michigan. My class and i are about to start reading your book called Fever and later on in the year we will be reading speak. rite now in this class we are sposed to do a report on something in the book. My partner M and I are doing a report on facts about you. It would be rely cool to hear back from you. mabey you could e mail me back with some information about yourself. pleas write back. hope to hear from you soon

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to point out where you can find info about me for school reports, Dane. On my website you can find a biography about me, a list of my books and their awards, lots of information about FEVER 1793, and even more about SPEAK. That should be enough to get you started.

66 Replies to “Who said it was time for October?”

  1. Class thing

    Dear Mrs. Halse-Anderson,

    I am in the middle of becoming an elementary teacher. I just finished reading your book, “Speak”. It was a great book, especially for teenagers. My homework assignment for Wednesday is to bring in a website from an author that we have read. I choose your website. I could not find an e-mail address for you anywhere on your page (And I know this must be intentional), but I thought it would be great if I could receive an e-mail from you to share with my class. Thank you If you can be helpful…I understand if you cannot. Thank you for a great book!

    Angie Shoemaker

  2. Class thing

    Dear Mrs. Halse-Anderson,

    I am in the middle of becoming an elementary teacher. I just finished reading your book, “Speak”. It was a great book, especially for teenagers. My homework assignment for Wednesday is to bring in a website from an author that we have read. I choose your website. I could not find an e-mail address for you anywhere on your page (And I know this must be intentional), but I thought it would be great if I could receive an e-mail from you to share with my class. Thank you If you can be helpful…I understand if you cannot. Thank you for a great book!

    Angie Shoemaker

  3. Class thing

    Dear Mrs. Halse-Anderson,

    I am in the middle of becoming an elementary teacher. I just finished reading your book, “Speak”. It was a great book, especially for teenagers. My homework assignment for Wednesday is to bring in a website from an author that we have read. I choose your website. I could not find an e-mail address for you anywhere on your page (And I know this must be intentional), but I thought it would be great if I could receive an e-mail from you to share with my class. Thank you If you can be helpful…I understand if you cannot. Thank you for a great book!

    Angie Shoemaker

  4. Sounds like you had some fun! I can’t believe the leaves are changing already!

    Sometime could you post a writting prompt? I suck at writting stories. My biggest problem is thinking of a story line, a problem the charector could run into. And I’m assigned a story, the topic? “A First” which is way too general for me. I guess I’m kinda indesisive….

  5. Sounds like you had some fun! I can’t believe the leaves are changing already!

    Sometime could you post a writting prompt? I suck at writting stories. My biggest problem is thinking of a story line, a problem the charector could run into. And I’m assigned a story, the topic? “A First” which is way too general for me. I guess I’m kinda indesisive….

  6. Sounds like you had some fun! I can’t believe the leaves are changing already!

    Sometime could you post a writting prompt? I suck at writting stories. My biggest problem is thinking of a story line, a problem the charector could run into. And I’m assigned a story, the topic? “A First” which is way too general for me. I guess I’m kinda indesisive….

  7. !!

    The Millersville Marching Band is FANTASTIC!! Their insane jazzified show this year is craaaazy awesome. They performed at our first competition at Hempfield (where we won, woot) and it was amazing. That trumpet solo–incredible.

    Ah, I’m in so much shock over them. Shippinsburg is particularly wonderful as well. =)

    Is Mer in a college marching band? I can’t recall…

  8. !!

    The Millersville Marching Band is FANTASTIC!! Their insane jazzified show this year is craaaazy awesome. They performed at our first competition at Hempfield (where we won, woot) and it was amazing. That trumpet solo–incredible.

    Ah, I’m in so much shock over them. Shippinsburg is particularly wonderful as well. =)

    Is Mer in a college marching band? I can’t recall…

  9. !!

    The Millersville Marching Band is FANTASTIC!! Their insane jazzified show this year is craaaazy awesome. They performed at our first competition at Hempfield (where we won, woot) and it was amazing. That trumpet solo–incredible.

    Ah, I’m in so much shock over them. Shippinsburg is particularly wonderful as well. =)

    Is Mer in a college marching band? I can’t recall…

  10. Oh, marching band…::sobs uncontrollably::
    Anyway.

    OK, seeing how you and I both HATE yellow jackets, here’s a story!

    For the past summer, a yellow jacket nest has been growing INSIDE of the walls.
    Yesterday, they finally gnawed through the dining room wall.
    We have an infestation of yellow jackets. We duct-taped the hole, but I can still hear them gnawing at that!

    Also, my room is RIGHT ABOVE the dining room. So, when I went to bed, I had a tiny surprise in my room — a yellow jacket. I flip out, and sleep in on a couch.

    Today, during school, I was freaked out, wondering if they finally chewed through the duct tape. Luckily, they didn’t.
    However…

    …as lucky as I am, I find about 5 yellow jackets flying in the dining room, as well as some more flying about the house.

    Naturally, I freak out, screaming “Bloody Murder”.

    Then, I go upstairs, and I open the door to the computer room (I closed all the upstairs doors, just in case), and what do I find? That’s right, a yellow jacket, still alive. I kill it.

    Also, just now, I went inside my room, and I find five dead yellow jackets. Psh! I’m not sleeping in there tonight!

    [/story]
    Ain’t it a blast? Any ideas? I’m desperate.

  11. Oh, marching band…::sobs uncontrollably::
    Anyway.

    OK, seeing how you and I both HATE yellow jackets, here’s a story!

    For the past summer, a yellow jacket nest has been growing INSIDE of the walls.
    Yesterday, they finally gnawed through the dining room wall.
    We have an infestation of yellow jackets. We duct-taped the hole, but I can still hear them gnawing at that!

    Also, my room is RIGHT ABOVE the dining room. So, when I went to bed, I had a tiny surprise in my room — a yellow jacket. I flip out, and sleep in on a couch.

    Today, during school, I was freaked out, wondering if they finally chewed through the duct tape. Luckily, they didn’t.
    However…

    …as lucky as I am, I find about 5 yellow jackets flying in the dining room, as well as some more flying about the house.

    Naturally, I freak out, screaming “Bloody Murder”.

    Then, I go upstairs, and I open the door to the computer room (I closed all the upstairs doors, just in case), and what do I find? That’s right, a yellow jacket, still alive. I kill it.

    Also, just now, I went inside my room, and I find five dead yellow jackets. Psh! I’m not sleeping in there tonight!

    [/story]
    Ain’t it a blast? Any ideas? I’m desperate.

    1. Seriously? Buy an astronaut’s suit. That’s what I would do.

      Option #2 – tell your parents to bring in an exterminator. If they hesitate, do it yourself. Pay in pennies if necessary.

      Having yellow jackets eat through the wall of a house is right up there with Worst Life Experiences.

      You should definately write a story about this. It might be your intro into the horrow genre.

  12. Oh, marching band…::sobs uncontrollably::
    Anyway.

    OK, seeing how you and I both HATE yellow jackets, here’s a story!

    For the past summer, a yellow jacket nest has been growing INSIDE of the walls.
    Yesterday, they finally gnawed through the dining room wall.
    We have an infestation of yellow jackets. We duct-taped the hole, but I can still hear them gnawing at that!

    Also, my room is RIGHT ABOVE the dining room. So, when I went to bed, I had a tiny surprise in my room — a yellow jacket. I flip out, and sleep in on a couch.

    Today, during school, I was freaked out, wondering if they finally chewed through the duct tape. Luckily, they didn’t.
    However…

    …as lucky as I am, I find about 5 yellow jackets flying in the dining room, as well as some more flying about the house.

    Naturally, I freak out, screaming “Bloody Murder”.

    Then, I go upstairs, and I open the door to the computer room (I closed all the upstairs doors, just in case), and what do I find? That’s right, a yellow jacket, still alive. I kill it.

    Also, just now, I went inside my room, and I find five dead yellow jackets. Psh! I’m not sleeping in there tonight!

    [/story]
    Ain’t it a blast? Any ideas? I’m desperate.

  13. Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    Hi I am a language arts student at a middle school in Ohio. I am seriosly interested in becoming a writer. For this project we’re doing, we had to pick a young adult author so I picked you because I loved your book Speak!!! I was wondering if you could answer one of my questions. It will not be posted any where, just a report that is going to be hung in our classroom. What is you favorite book that you have ever written? Why? Thank you so much I would really appresiate it!!
    A huge fan of your writing!

  14. Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    Hi I am a language arts student at a middle school in Ohio. I am seriosly interested in becoming a writer. For this project we’re doing, we had to pick a young adult author so I picked you because I loved your book Speak!!! I was wondering if you could answer one of my questions. It will not be posted any where, just a report that is going to be hung in our classroom. What is you favorite book that you have ever written? Why? Thank you so much I would really appresiate it!!
    A huge fan of your writing!

    1. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

      Dear Laurie Haltz (hahaha) Anderson,
      I would love to know what your favorite book is! That’s awesome anonymous that you get to do a book report on the best authour in the world! I love your books Laurie! They are so deep and always have a good message. I would really like to know what your favorite book is! So please… do it ofr your biggest fan… answer this question!!

      1. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

        This is an impossible question. I want to vote it off the island. I have too books for my number #1 pick…. I really like HOLES, WEETZIE BAT, anything written by Elizabeth George, Karen Hesse, and Christopher Paul Curtis. And Walter Dean Myers. Oh, and Charles Dickens. And I like what I write, too.

    2. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

      I like all of them. Asking me to pick a favorite is like asking me which one of my kids I love the most. There is no answer because it is an absurd question. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

  15. Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    Hi I am a language arts student at a middle school in Ohio. I am seriosly interested in becoming a writer. For this project we’re doing, we had to pick a young adult author so I picked you because I loved your book Speak!!! I was wondering if you could answer one of my questions. It will not be posted any where, just a report that is going to be hung in our classroom. What is you favorite book that you have ever written? Why? Thank you so much I would really appresiate it!!
    A huge fan of your writing!

  16. Seriously? Buy an astronaut’s suit. That’s what I would do.

    Option #2 – tell your parents to bring in an exterminator. If they hesitate, do it yourself. Pay in pennies if necessary.

    Having yellow jackets eat through the wall of a house is right up there with Worst Life Experiences.

    You should definately write a story about this. It might be your intro into the horrow genre.

  17. Seriously? Buy an astronaut’s suit. That’s what I would do.

    Option #2 – tell your parents to bring in an exterminator. If they hesitate, do it yourself. Pay in pennies if necessary.

    Having yellow jackets eat through the wall of a house is right up there with Worst Life Experiences.

    You should definately write a story about this. It might be your intro into the horrow genre.

  18. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    Dear Laurie Haltz (hahaha) Anderson,
    I would love to know what your favorite book is! That’s awesome anonymous that you get to do a book report on the best authour in the world! I love your books Laurie! They are so deep and always have a good message. I would really like to know what your favorite book is! So please… do it ofr your biggest fan… answer this question!!

  19. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    Dear Laurie Haltz (hahaha) Anderson,
    I would love to know what your favorite book is! That’s awesome anonymous that you get to do a book report on the best authour in the world! I love your books Laurie! They are so deep and always have a good message. I would really like to know what your favorite book is! So please… do it ofr your biggest fan… answer this question!!

  20. its nicole from bushwick highschool

    umm hay i was so happy u choose to come to our school and talk to us i never thought in a million years id be so lucky that i could stand up and say “hay i live in ny i am 14 years old and i have just met my idol!”
    my birthday is in two weeks i believe i dont really pay attention much most of the time im reading ur book or anything else that interest me i just wanted u to know just how much of an inspiration u truly r to me and ur son and daughters r lucky to be able to call u mom ….although my “experience” was quite different i never told my mom i told someone though and i feel alot better
    if ud like to hear about id be glad to tell u the story peolple think my life should be a written story with evrything ive been through my story ud think would come out of a 50 year olds mouth well thanx again hope u reply
    nik*

  21. its nicole from bushwick highschool

    umm hay i was so happy u choose to come to our school and talk to us i never thought in a million years id be so lucky that i could stand up and say “hay i live in ny i am 14 years old and i have just met my idol!”
    my birthday is in two weeks i believe i dont really pay attention much most of the time im reading ur book or anything else that interest me i just wanted u to know just how much of an inspiration u truly r to me and ur son and daughters r lucky to be able to call u mom ….although my “experience” was quite different i never told my mom i told someone though and i feel alot better
    if ud like to hear about id be glad to tell u the story peolple think my life should be a written story with evrything ive been through my story ud think would come out of a 50 year olds mouth well thanx again hope u reply
    nik*

    1. Re: its nicole from bushwick highschool

      Hi Nicole! And Happy Early Birthday! And yes, I think you have a lot of important stories to tell. I hope you start writing them down.

  22. its nicole from bushwick highschool

    umm hay i was so happy u choose to come to our school and talk to us i never thought in a million years id be so lucky that i could stand up and say “hay i live in ny i am 14 years old and i have just met my idol!”
    my birthday is in two weeks i believe i dont really pay attention much most of the time im reading ur book or anything else that interest me i just wanted u to know just how much of an inspiration u truly r to me and ur son and daughters r lucky to be able to call u mom ….although my “experience” was quite different i never told my mom i told someone though and i feel alot better
    if ud like to hear about id be glad to tell u the story peolple think my life should be a written story with evrything ive been through my story ud think would come out of a 50 year olds mouth well thanx again hope u reply
    nik*

  23. Re: its nicole from bushwick highschool

    Hi Nicole! And Happy Early Birthday! And yes, I think you have a lot of important stories to tell. I hope you start writing them down.

  24. Re: its nicole from bushwick highschool

    Hi Nicole! And Happy Early Birthday! And yes, I think you have a lot of important stories to tell. I hope you start writing them down.

  25. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    This is an impossible question. I want to vote it off the island. I have too books for my number #1 pick…. I really like HOLES, WEETZIE BAT, anything written by Elizabeth George, Karen Hesse, and Christopher Paul Curtis. And Walter Dean Myers. Oh, and Charles Dickens. And I like what I write, too.

  26. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    This is an impossible question. I want to vote it off the island. I have too books for my number #1 pick…. I really like HOLES, WEETZIE BAT, anything written by Elizabeth George, Karen Hesse, and Christopher Paul Curtis. And Walter Dean Myers. Oh, and Charles Dickens. And I like what I write, too.

  27. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    I like all of them. Asking me to pick a favorite is like asking me which one of my kids I love the most. There is no answer because it is an absurd question. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

  28. Re: Question for LAnguage Arts Project

    I like all of them. Asking me to pick a favorite is like asking me which one of my kids I love the most. There is no answer because it is an absurd question. Sorry, but that’s the truth.

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