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Suzanne LaFleur

Biography

Suzanne LaFleur

Suzanne LaFleur was born just outside of Boston, Massachusetts in 1983. As she grew, she enjoyed many of the things that you might enjoy—swimming, eating pizza with her parents on Fridays, watching Saturday morning cartoons, riding her bike, listening to stories—but sometimes Suzanne liked to do things that didn’t make much sense to other people. One of those things was to write scribbles (she didn’t know how to write letters or words yet) on paper, roll the paper up into a scroll, and then unroll it to read her stories out loud to anyone who would listen.

When Suzanne was nine and entering fourth grade at St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Wellesley, MA, a very important thing happened. She was handed a blank composition book and told to write five lines a day. Five lines a day turned into five pages a day, which turned into a novel; soon Suzanne announced that she would write books for kids her age when she grew up. People who were already grown up told her that she had plenty of time to change her mind, but, being someone who rarely changes her mind about anything, she never did.

In college, Suzanne focused on getting ready to be an author. Her love of stories and writing led her to a double-major in English and European History at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She studied everything from the origin of language to creative writing to fantasy stories, and in the end received her degree with honors for a young-adult speculative novel called THE STORY OF GREEN.

Suzanne then attended graduate school in the MFA Writing for Children program at The New School in New York City. It was there she began to write LOVE, AUBREY, which became her first published book.

Suzanne divides her time between Manhattan and Natick, Massachusetts. Although she has given up bike riding, Suzanne still likes swimming, pizza, cartoons, and listening to, making up, and sharing stories.

Suzanne LaFleur

Books by Suzanne LaFleur

by Suzanne LaFleur - Children's, Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

Julia used to be the perfect big sister: she played great games and took good care of Cassie. Now life at home revolves around Julia and her daughter, Addie. No one pays much attention to Cassie: not to her competitive swim meets, and not to what's gone wrong with her friends. When Julia confides in Cassie that she'll be leaving with Addie --- without telling their parents --- Cassie jumps in the car, too. As the days add up, Cassie has to wonder: Could the sister who seems to be the source of all her problems also be the friend she's missed the most?

by Suzanne LaFleur - Children's 8-12, Family Life, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Science

A war took Mathilde away from her family when she was chosen to serve her country, Sofarende, with other children working on a secret military project. But now the other children --- including her best friend, Megs --- have fled to safety, and Mathilde is all alone, determined to complete her mission. 

by Suzanne LaFleur - Youth Fiction

Siena's obsession with abandoned things began a year and a half ago, around the time her two-year-old brother Lucca stopped talking. When Siena writes in her diary with an old pen she found in her closet, the pen writes its own story, of Sarah and Joshua, a brother and sister who lived in the same house during World War II. As the two stories unfold, Siena senses that Sarah and Joshua's story might contain the key to unlocking Lucca's voice.