The ALAN Award Committee has voted to honor
Laurie Halse Anderson
with the 2008 ALAN Award. Anderson, author of several YA novels including Speak, Twisted, and the up-coming Chains, is a tireless advocate for teens and their books. Her novels have been a National Book Award Finalist, a Michael L. Printz Honor book, a New York Times bestseller, and an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. The ALAN award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature.