A Letter from Laurie

Hi Everybody!

I’m so glad you decided to drop in for a visit to my blog. There’s lots of stuff to do here so I hope you’ll get comfy and stay awhile. If you’re looking for information about me that you can use for book reports, you’ll find it here, as well as a list of all of my books, information on how to schedule an author workshop or school visit, how to contact me, and a link to the Mallory McDonald website.

Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. The most important thing is that I feel so lucky I get to write books for kids! I’ve wanted to be an author since I was in third grade and I wouldn’t trade this job for anything. I write lots of different kinds of books for kids of all age.

One of my favorite things to write is the Mallory McDonald series. It is a series of chapter books that begins with Mallory on the Move when Mallory moves to a new city. Throughout the series, Mallory faces lots of new situations and challenges including going to a new school, trying to get along with her brother, attending summer camp, dealing with her best friends’ parents getting married, starting a business, starring in a musical, learning to play an instrument, trying to learn to play basketball, and even starting to deal with the idea of boys being more than just friends. She goes on a trip with her 4th grade class to Washington D.C., to New York with her best friend where they star on a nationally televised TV show, and to the Grand Canyon with her family.

When the series begins, Mallory is starting 3rd grade. She goes on to 4th grade, and now I am excited to say, she will soon be going to fifth grade! There are 25 books in the series and I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. To take a look at all of the Mallory books and to join the Mallory fan club visit her website at www.mallorymcdonald.com.

I’ve also written a new journal-style series called The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair. The first book in the series is called Can You Say Catastrophe? It’s April’s journal about the summer she turns thirteen. All she wants is to disown her crazy family, escape to camp with her best friends, and make a good impression on the new boy next door. But her plans are turned upside down when April’s parents cancel camp in lieu of a family RV trip. I hope you’ll read this book, and all 8 books in the series that follow April as she tries to navigate the often choppy waters of life in 7th, 8th and 9th grade.

I’ve also written lots of picture books. If you click on my book list, you can see a full list of the books. Here are just a few of my favorites:

I’m Not Afraid of This Haunted House follows Simon Lester Henry Strauss as he marches boldly through a haunted house and teases his friends for being afraid. You’ll have to read the book to find out if there’s anything that scares him!

Love, Ruby Valentine is the story of a girl who loves Valentine’s Day but learns that it isn’t the only day to let others know that you care about them.

Birthday Rules is the story of Percy Isaac Gifford, a boy with a unique set of rules for making sure he maximizes the fun of a birthday celebration!

Besides writing books, I love to read, dance, do yoga, bake, watch movies, and spend time with my family (especially on the beach!) in sunny Miami, Florida which is where I live. I hope you enjoy spending time on my blog, and when you’re done, I hope you’ll pick up one of my books and start reading!

Talk to you soon!

Laurie Friedman

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