Alexandria LaFaye

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General Information

Name: Alexandria LaFaye

Pen Name: A LaFaye

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1970 in Hudson, Wisconsin



Illinois Connection

LaFaye lives in Greenville, IL. Her second novel Edith Shay takes place in Chicago (among other settings). Her fourth novel Nissa's Place takes place in Chicago and a fictioinal town in LA.

Biographical and Professional Information

Alexandria LaFaye has published 11 novels including the 2005 Scott O'Dell Award winning WORTH. She has also visited schools, spoken at libraries, presented at conferences, and conducting professional development programs for teachers.

During the academic year, LaFaye teaches creative writing at Greenville College in Illinois. She's also the advisor of their school newspaper, The Papyrus. She teaches children's literature in the summer graduate program at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.

Published Works

Strawberry Hill, Aladdin, 2000

Dad, In Spirit, Simon and Schuster, 2001

Edith Shay, Simon Pulse, 2001

The Strength of Saints, Simon and Schuster, 2002

Worth, Simon and Schuster, 2004

Year of the Sawdust Man, Milkweed, 2008

Nissa's Place, Milkweed, 2008

Water Steps, Milkweed, 2009

The Keening, Milkweed, 2010

Stella Stands Alone, Simon and Schuster, 2010

Walking Home to Rosie Lee, Cinco Puntos, 2011

Titles at Your Library

Strawberry Hill

ISBN: 0689829612
Release Date: 2000-09-01

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Dad, In Spirit

ISBN: 068981514X
Release Date: 2001-06-01

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Edith Shay

ISBN: 0689842287
Release Date: 2001-06-01

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The Strength of Saints

ISBN: 0689832001
Release Date: 2002-06-01

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ISBN: 0689857306
Release Date: 2004-06-01

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The Year of the Sawdust Man

ISBN: 1571316795
Release Date: 2008-03-18

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Nissa's Place

ISBN: 1571316973
Release Date: 2010-04-06

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Water Steps

ISBN: 1571316868
Release Date: 2009-04-07

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The Keening

ISBN: 1571316949
Release Date: 2010-04-13

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Stella Stands Alone

ISBN: 1416986472
Release Date: 2010-02-09

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Walking Home to Rosie Lee

ISBN: 1933693975
Release Date: 2011-08-09

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Literary Awards

  • Scott O'Dell Award, Worth
  • IRA Teachers Choice, Walking Home to Rosie Lee
  • Notable Book Smithsonian Institute, The Strength of Saints
  • Best Books of the Year Bank Street, Year of the Sawdust Man
  • Nominated for the Rebecca Caudill, Worth

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Contact LaFaye at or by calling 501-259-9882. Her fees vary according to event, but she has spoken at schools K-12, colleges, conferences, libraries, and professional development programs for teachers. She incorporates the process approach to writing, learning disabilities, anti-bullying, and incorporating supporting materials (secondary sources) into all of her presentations.

External Links

Alexandria LaFaye on WorldCat


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