Laurie Lawlor:  Fiction

    Books: Fiction

    Laurie Lawlor's "first attempts at fiction" was while growing up in a "normal Chicago suburb." She says, "We had strange and powerful creatures living in our house." Among those creatures were "Jack Frost and the Fat Lady." Those creatures created for the tales Lawlor told were successful in "terrorizing" my five younger brothers and sisters for years.
    "To this day, no one willingly goes into the attic alone. Why would anyone wish to create such characters? The answer is, quite simply, in adventure. It's much more exciting living in a house with witches in a clothes chute than living in a normal house in a normal Chicago suburb. Creating adventure really is at the heart of what I enjoy about writing. I also believe it is at the heart of what children enjoy reading." -- Laurie Lawlor
  • Big Tree Down-- Illustrated by David Gordon -- Community helpers and neighborhood activities.  Curriculum Connections
  • Muddy As a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes-- Illustrated by Ethan Long -- a fun book for readers.  Curriculum Connections
  • The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue -- A neighborhood horror show is scaring no one except those who created the show until a frightful actor appears. Curriculum Connections
  • How to Survive the Third Grade-- Ernest, an unpopular third grader, is having a difficult time making friends -- that is until he does find a friend and begins to experience some successes in his life. Curriculum Connections
  • Little Women: A Story of Children-- The story is adapted by Lawlor from the screenplay by Robin Swicord and based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott. This version of the classic story is set in the nineteenth-century New England tale. Curriculum Connections
  • Second-Grade Dog-- The Mudheads' dog, Lonely Bones, disguises himself as a second-grader to spend an adventurous day at school.
  • The Worst Kid Who Ever Lived on Eighth Avenue-- Mary Lou and her friends have a new interest -- being detective. When Leroy, the worst kid who ever lived on Eighth Avenue moves back into the house next door, the friends begin to imagine terrible crimes being committed. Curriculum Connections
  • The Worm Club-- Arthur is not sure he wants to join The Worm Club -- but the class bully, Martin, has decided to be Arthur's friend and ...

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