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Laura Williams McCaffrey

Biography

Laura Williams McCaffrey

Laura Williams McCaffrey was born and raised in Vermont. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University, then returned to Vermont and eventually became a school librarian, answering to the names "Ms. Librarian," "Library Lady," and sometimes simply "Ms. Library." She now writes and teaches writing full-time. Her short stories have been published by Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. "Into the Vast," published by YA Review Network, won the SCBWI 2014 Magazine Merit Award for fiction. Marked, a dystopic fantasy for teens, will be released by Clarion Books in spring 2015. She's the author of two children's fantasy novels, Water Shaper (Clarion Books, 2006) and Alia Waking (Clarion Books, 2003). Water Shaper was selected for the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age 2007 list. Alia Waking was named an International Reading Association Notable Book. It was also a nominee for the annual Teens' Top Ten Books list and for Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. Laura is on faculty at Solstice, the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College. She lives in a small house in the woods with her husband, regionally acclaimed musician Colin McCaffrey, and their daughters.

Laura Williams McCaffrey

Books by Laura Williams McCaffrey

by Laura Williams McCaffrey - Adventure, Dystopian, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

Sixteen-year-old Lyla lives in a bleak, controlling society where only the brightest and most favored students succeed. When she is caught buying cheats in an underground shadow market, she is tattooed --- marked --- as a criminal. Then she is offered redemption and she jumps at the chance . . . but it comes at a cost. Doing what is right means betraying the boy she has come to love, and, perhaps, losing even more than she thought possible.