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General Information

Name:  Laurie Lawlor  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1953 in Oak Park, Illinois

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Lawlor was born in Oak Park, grew up in LaGrange and attended Northwestern University. She currently resides in Evanston and is a part-time faculty member at Chicago's Columbia College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Laurie Lawlor is the author of 42 works of award-winning fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. She has taught creative writing at many colleges, including Northwestern University, and workshops throughout the Midwest.


Super Women

Outstanding Science Trade Book, Children’s Book Council (CBC) 2018

Outstanding Science Trade Book, NSTA, 2018


John Burroughs Riverby Award for Excellence in Nature Writing, 2012

Amelia Bloomer Award List, ALA, 2012

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Addie across the prairie /
ISBN: 0807501654. OCLC Number: 12314118

A. Whitman,. .

Unhappy to leave her home and friends, Addie reluctantly accompanies her family to the Dakota Territory and slowly begins to adjust to life on the prairie. Nine-year-old Addie learns about sod houses and curious Indians as her family travels cross-country to the Dakota Territory.

Addie's Dakota winter
ISBN: 0671701487. OCLC Number: 24942518

Pocket Books,. .

In her new pioneer home of Dakota, ten-year-old Addie finds an unlikely friend and, stranded alone during a blizzard, learns about courage. She wants a perfect friend -- But can she be a perfect friend. Addie can't wait for school to begin. ALl she wants is one special friend. But scrawny, scrappy Tilla Bergstrom isn't the friend she imagined. Addie even thinks Tilla lies! But she'll have to do until somebody better comes along. The girls are having fun -- until some bullies threaten Tilla because of Addie's lie. When Tilla disappears, Addie sets out on the long trek to her house to apologize and to bring her back. But Tilla can't return to school. And Addie is soon trapped in a blinding blizzard, fighting for her life -- and the friend she almost lost!

Addie's forever friend /
ISBN: 0807501646. OCLC Number: 36201474

A. Whitman,. .

While her father is looking for a homestead in the Dakotas, Addie and her mother and brothers spend the summer with her aunt and uncle in Sabula, Iowa, where she rescues her best friend during a flood and where her baby sister is born.

Addie's long summer /
ISBN: 0807501670. OCLC Number: 24503116

Albert Whitman,. .

Twelve-year-old Addie eagerly awaits her cousins' summer visit to her prairie home but, once they arrive, finds things much more complicated than she had ever imagined. In this third story about the farm life of the Mills family in the late nineteenth century, Addie can't wait to share the summer with her cousins, but they don't fit in easily at first. Addie is disappointed to find that her cousins do not fit into pioneer farm life.

American Sisters, Horseback on the Boston Post Road, 1704
ISBN: 0743436261. OCLC Number: 45658987

Pocket Books,. .

As war with the French and Indians begins in 1704, Madame Sarah Kemble Knight is instructed to bring twin servant girls Hester and Philena on a perilous journey by horse from Boston to New Haven, Connecticut.

American Sisters, Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905
ISBN: 0671039253. OCLC Number: 47245907

Pocket Books,. .

Eleven-year-old Su-Na and her family immigrate from Korea to the island of Hawaii hoping to find prosperity and good fortune, but racism and poor job prospects force the family to move on to California.

American Sisters: A Titanic Journey Across the Sea, 1912
ISBN: 0671027182. OCLC Number: 39934315

Pocket Books,. .

A story of two sisters, Alfreda and Erna, who reunited on the Titanic and met a destiny no one could have foretold.

American Sisters: Adventure on the Wilderness Road, 1775
ISBN: 0671015532. OCLC Number: 40808957

Pocket Books,. .

In 1775, while traveling with her family from Virginia to Kentucky, and joined by another family along the way, eleven-year-old Elizabeth reads Gulliver's Travels to the children and keeps a journal of their adventures, which include a runaway slave, encounters with Cherokees, and a near-fatal accident.

American Sisters: Crossing the Colorado Rockies, 1864
ISBN: 0671775723. OCLC Number: 41094341

Pocket Books,. .

The Hitchcocks seek gold but face poverty and their own prejudices.

American Sisters: Down the Rio Grande, 1829
ISBN: 0671039229. OCLC Number: 44993243

Pocket Books,. .

Sixteen-year-old Rosita Trevino dreams of a better life, as does her book loving stepsister, Maria Alvarez. Neither girl can imagine the danger they will face when they run away and catch a steamboat bound for Texas.

American Sisters: Exploring the Chicago World's Fair, 1893
ISBN: 074343630X. OCLC Number: 46670291

Pocket Books,. .

After moving to Chicago so their father can work for Buffalo Bill's Wild West show, twelve-year-old Dora and her three younger sisters find jobs and amusement at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, while also worrying about their family's poverty.

American Sisters: Voyage to a Free Land, 1630
ISBN: 0671015524. OCLC Number: 40695618

Pocket Books,. .

Abigail Garrett and her older sister, Hannah, leave their home in England to board a ship bound for the New World and freedom from religious persecution. By the time they reach their destination, the two girls have weathered a difficult journey and become friends.

American Sisters: West Along the Wagon Road, 1852
ISBN: 0671015516. OCLC Number: 39855092

Pocket Books,. .

Eleven-year-old Harriet "Duck" Scott, who isn't nearly as ladylike as her older sisters, finds many opportunities for adventure during an 1852 wagon train trip from Illinois to Oregon Territory, as her family deals with the loss of loved ones, quicksand, and a horse thief.

Big tree down! /
ISBN: 0823436616. OCLC Number: 993672581

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"After a summer thunderstorm knocks down Big Tree, a young boy watches his neighborhood come together to clean up and plant Little Tree"--

Daniel Boone /
ISBN: 0807514624. OCLC Number: 16830682

A. Whitman,. .

Traces the life of the colonial pioneer, hunter, and woodsman, from his youth in the Pennsylvania wilderness to his adventures exploring the frontier, especially the "dark and bloody" land called Kentucky.

Dead reckoning :
ISBN: 0689865775. OCLC Number: 56631686

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

Emmet, a fifteen-year-old orphan, learns hard lessons about survival when he sails from England in 1577 as a servant aboard the Golden Hind--the ship of his cousin, the explorer and pirate Francis Drake--on its three-year circumnavigation of the world.

Fearless world traveler :
ISBN: 0823439593. OCLC Number: 1193560107

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"The vibrant and daring life of Marianne North, a self-taught artist and scientist who subverted Victorian gender roles and advanced the field of botanical illustration"--

George on his own /
ISBN: 0807528234. OCLC Number: 26404678

A. Whitman,. .

Addie's twelve-year-old brother, George, doesn't think anyone appreciates his musical talent, and when his father threatens to sell his trombone, George decides to run away from the family's prairie home.

Gold in the hills /
ISBN: 0802783716. OCLC Number: 31376056

Walker,. .

When they are left with relatives while their father goes prospecting for gold in the Colorado mountains, ten-year-old Hattie and her older brother depend on their friendship with a recluse who lives nearby to make their lives bearable.

He will go fearless /
ISBN: 0689865791. OCLC Number: 58431659

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. .

With the Civil War ended and Reconstruction begun, fifteen-year-old Billy resolves to make the dangerous and challenging journey West in search of real fortune--his true father.

ISBN: 0671537164. OCLC Number: 35090007

Pocket Books,. .

Madeline "Moe" McDonohugh finally finds adventure when her father buys a Ford Model T.

ISBN: 0671537172. OCLC Number: 35300802

Pocket Books,. .

"Moe" McDonohugh is a girl who wants to fly in her own plane and she has a lot of adventures trying to get the money to buy one.

ISBN: 0671537180. OCLC Number: 35853382

Pocket Books,. .

It's 1910, and Halley's comet is coming. Some people think it will cause fires, floods, earthquakes, all kinds of terrible things. But Moe knows better. The comet will just be one spectacular show! And who better to watch it with than Grandfather? But it's not all fun visiting Grandfather's house. Grandmother is stern, forbidding and hiding secrets about the past, Moe's new friend, Phoebe, swears there's a ghost in the attic and Moe finds out that Grandfather thinks he's going to die when the comet passes by. Can Moe and Phoebe save him?

Helen Keller :
ISBN: 0823415880. OCLC Number: 44162475

Holiday House,. .

Recounts the life and achievements of Helen Keller who overcame the handicaps of being deaf and blind.

How to survive third grade
ISBN: 0671677136. OCLC Number: 23057745

Published by Pocket Books,. .

Ernest, an unpopular third grader, has a difficult adjustment to make until he finds a friend and experiences his first real successes in life.

Little women /
ISBN: 1557042160. OCLC Number: 31288961

Newmarket Press,. .

This version of the classic story of four sisters in nineteenth-century New England is based on the Columbia Pictures movie.

Magnificent voyage :
ISBN: 0823415759. OCLC Number: 49011139

Holiday House,. .

Based on the writings of John Ledyard, an American cook on the ship Resolution, tells of explorer James Cook's final voyage in search of the Northwest Passage, discovery of the Hawaiian Islands, and murder.

Muddy as a duck puddle and other American similes /
ISBN: 0823422291. OCLC Number: 429227124

Holiday House,. .

A collection of 26 American similes--one for each letter of the alphabet--including notes on the origins and meanings of each.

Old Crump :
ISBN: 0823416089. OCLC Number: 46538374

Holiday House,. .

In 1850, a faithful ox helps a group of travelers survive their trip through Death Valley.

Rachel Carson and her book that changed the world /
ISBN: 0823423700. OCLC Number: 683247701

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Retells the story of Rachel Carson, a pioneering environmentalist who wrote and published "Silent Spring," the revolutionary book pointing out the dangerous effects of chemicals on the living world.

Second-grade dog /
ISBN: 0807572802. OCLC Number: 20295066

A. Whitman,. .

Lonely Bones, the Mudheads' dog, disguises himself as a second-grader and spends an adventurous day at school.

Shadow catcher :
ISBN: 0802782884. OCLC Number: 29428638

Walker,. .

Describes the life and work of the man who photographed numerous Native American Indian tribes when he feared their way of life was about to vanish and whom the Indians named Shadow Catcher.

Super women :
ISBN: 0823436756. OCLC Number: 951742178

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Profiles six women scientists who persevered in the face of prejudice, including ichthyologist Eugenie Clark and mathematician Katherine Coleman Johnson.

The biggest pest on Eighth Avenue /
ISBN: 0823413217. OCLC Number: 36364105

Holiday House,. .

An amateur horror show scares no one except its creators until a frightful actor appears on the scene.

The real Johnny Appleseed /
ISBN: 0807569097. OCLC Number: 30737599

A. Whitman,. .

Relates the travels of folk hero John Chapman who planted apple trees across America during the nineteenth century.

The school at Crooked Creek /
ISBN: 082341812X. OCLC Number: 52877515

Holiday House,. .

Living on the nineteenth-century Indiana frontier with his parents and irritable older sister Louise, six-year-old Beansie dreads his first day of school, but his resilience surprises even his sister.

The two loves of Will Shakespeare :
ISBN: 0823419010. OCLC Number: 61456727

Holiday House,. .

After falling in love, eighteen-year-old Will Shakespeare, a bored apprentice in his father's glove business and often in trouble for various misdeeds, vows to live an upstanding life and pursue his passion for writing.

The worm club /
ISBN: 0671789007. OCLC Number: 30397424

Published by Pocket Books,. .

Arthur dreams of being on the school safety patrol. When the class bully, Martin, befriends him, Arthur is headed for trouble.

The worst kid who ever lived on Eighth Avenue /
ISBN: 0823413500. OCLC Number: 37281577

Holiday House,. .

Trying to be detectives, Mary Lou and her friends imagine that terrible crimes are being committed when Leroy, the worst kid who ever lived on Eighth Avenue, returns to the house next door.

This tender place :
ISBN: 0299214605. OCLC Number: 794702190

University of Wisconsin Press,. .

Where will this shoe take you? :
ISBN: 0802784348. OCLC Number: 34193136

Walker & Co.,. .

A history of fashion in footwear through the ages.

Willard & Spackman's occupational therapy.
ISBN: 9780781760041. OCLC Number: 181069203

Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins,. .

As a reference, this text provides a current and comprehensive presentation of occupational therapy concepts and practice. An occupation-based, client-centered and evidence-based approach to practice is described across a variety of community, education, and medical-based practice arenas. It answers the questions: What will I do as an OT, Who will I treat, and Where will I practice?

Wind on the river /
ISBN: 0809205823. OCLC Number: 44140832

Jamestown Publishers,. .

In 1863, fifteen-year-old Private Allen of South Carolina, captured at the Battle of Gettysburg, decides to switch his allegiance to the Union and is sent to fight "savages" in Dakota Territory, where he confronts his prejudices and learns what heroism really means.

Window on the West :
ISBN: 0823413802. OCLC Number: 40667966

Holiday House,. .

Presents the photographs taken by William Henry Jackson from 1869 to 1893, discussing his life and how his work captured and introduced the American West to the public.