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General Information

Name:  Laurie Lawlor  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1953 in Oak Park, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.laurielawlor.com
-- Laurie Lawlor on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=laurie+lawlor


Illinois Connection

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

Since 1986, Laurie Lawlor has published more than 37 award-winning books of fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. She is the 2010 recipient of the Prairie State Award for Excellence in Writing for Children presented by the Illinois Reading Council.


Published Works

    Addie Series
  • Addie Across the Prairie, Albert Whitman & Company, 1986
  • Addie's Dakota Winter, Albert Whitman & Company, 1989
  • Addie's Long Summer, Albert Whitman & Company, 1992
  • George on His Own, Albert Whitman & Company, 1993
  • Addie's Forever Friend, Albert Whitman & Company, 1997American Sisters Series
  • A Titanic Journey Across the Sea, 1912, Ministrel® Pocket Books, 1998
  • Voyage to a Free Land, 1630, Ministrel® Pocket Books, 1998
  • West Along the Wagon Road, 1852, Ministrel® Pocket Books, 1998
  • Adventure on the Wilderness Road, 1775, Pocket Books, 1999
  • Crossing the Colorado Rockies, 1864, Ministrel® Pocket Books, 1999
  • Down the Rio Grande, 1829, Ministrel® Hardback, 2000
  • Horseback on the Boston Post Road, 1704, Ministrel® Pocket Books, 2000
  • Exploring the Chicago World's Fair, 1893, Ministrel® Hardback, 2001
  • Pacific Odyssey to California, 1905, Aladdin Pocket Books, 2001Biographies
  • Daniel Boone, Albert Whitman & Company, 1989
  • Shadow Catcher: The Life and Work of Edward S. Curtis, Walker, 1994
  • The Real Johnny Appleseed, Albert Whitman & Company, 1995
  • Helen Keller: Rebellious Spirit, Holiday House, 2001
  • Rachel Carson and Her Book That Changed the World, Holioday House, 2012
  • Super Women: Six Scientists Who Changed the World, Holiday House, 2017Fiction
  • How to Survive the Third Grade, Albert Whitman & Company, 1988
  • Second-Grade Dog, Albert Whitman & Company, 1990
  • Little Women: A Story of Children, Newmarket Press, 1994 - Adapted by Laurie Lawlor from the screenplay by Robin Swicord. Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
  • The Worm Club, Ministrel® Pocket Books, 1994
  • The Biggest Pest on Eighth Avenue, Holiday House, 1997
  • The Worst Kid Who Ever Lived on Eighth Avenue, Holiday House, 1998
  • Muddy As a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes, Holiday House, 2010Historical Fiction
  • Gold in the Hills, Walker, 1995
  • Come Away With Me, Minstrel Books, 1996
  • Take to the Sky, Minstrel Books, 1996
  • Luck Follows Me, Minstrel Books, 1996
  • Wind on the River: A Story of the Civil War, Jamestown Publishers, 2000
  • Old Crump: The True Story of a Trip West, Holiday House, 2002
  • The School at Crooked Creek, Holiday House, 2004
  • Dead Reckoning: A Pirate Voyage with Captain Drake, Simon & Schuster, 2005
  • The Two Loves of Will Shakespeare, Holiday House, 2006
  • He Will Go Fearless, Simon and Schuster, 2006History
  • Where Will This Shoe Take You?: A Walk Through the History of Footwear, Walker 1996
  • Window on the West: The Frontier Photography of William Henry Jackson, Holiday House, 1999
  • Magnificent Voyage: The Story of Captain Cook's Last Expedition, Holiday House, 2002Other Titles
  • This Tender Place: The Story of a Wetland Year, Terrace Books/University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005


Selected Titles At Your Library

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

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1986.

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.

How to survive third grade /
ISBN: 0807534331. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1988.

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

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

Albert Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1992.

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.

Daniel Boone /
ISBN: 0807514624. OCLC Number:

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1989.

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.

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

A. Whitman,. Niles, Ill. :. 1990.

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

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

Albert Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1992.

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.

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

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. ©1993.

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.

Little women /
ISBN: 1557042160. OCLC Number:

Newmarket Press,. New York :. 1994.

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

Adventure on the Wilderness Road, 1775 /
ISBN: 0671015532. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1999.

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.

The worm club /
ISBN: 0671789007. OCLC Number:

Published by Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1994.

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

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

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. 1995.

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

Take to the sky /
ISBN: 0671537172. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1996.

"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.

Luck follows me /
ISBN: 0671537180. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 1996.

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?

Come away with me /
ISBN: 0671537164. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1996.

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

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

Walker & Co.,. New York :. 1996.

A history of fashion in footwear through the ages.

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

Holiday House,. New York :. ©1997.

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

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

Walker,. New York :. 1995.

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.

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

A. Whitman,. Morton Grove, Ill. :. ©1997.

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.

A Titanic journey across the sea, 1912 /
ISBN: 0671027182. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 1998.

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

Super women :
ISBN: 0823436756. OCLC Number:

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

Voyage to a free land, 1630 /
ISBN: 0671015524. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1999.

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.

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

Holiday House,. New York :. ©1998.

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.

West along the wagon road, 1852 /
ISBN: 0671015516. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1998.

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.

Adventure on the Wilderness Road, 1775 /
ISBN: 0671015532. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1999.

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.

Crossing the Colorado Rockies, 1864 /
ISBN: 0671015540. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©1999.

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

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

Holiday House,. New York :. ©1999.

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.

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

Jamestown Publishers,. Lincolnwood, Ill. :. ©2000.

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.

1829, down the Rio Grande /
ISBN: 0671039229. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©2000.

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.

Horseback on the Boston Post Road, 1704 /
ISBN: 0671039237. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. 2000.

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.

Exploring the Chicago World's Fair, 1893 /
ISBN: 0671039245. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©2001.

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.

Pacific odyssey to California, 1905 /
ISBN: 0671039253. OCLC Number:

Pocket Books,. New York :. ©2001.

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.

Helen Keller :
ISBN: 0823415880. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2001.

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

Old Crump :
ISBN: 0823416089. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. 2002.

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

Magnificent voyage :
ISBN: 0823415759. OCLC Number:

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2002.

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.

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

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2004.

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.

Dead reckoning :
ISBN: 0689865775. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2005.

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.

This tender place :
ISBN: 0299214605. OCLC Number:

University of Wisconsin Press,. Madison, Wis. :. ©2005.

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

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,. New York :. ©2006.

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.

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

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2006.

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.

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

Holiday House,. New York :. ©2010.

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

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

. .

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.


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