Anderson, Laurie Halse

About the author

Laurie Halse Anderson (b.1961) was born in Potsdam. She started her writing career as a freelance reporter, but only succeeded in getting books published once she had joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. There she found what she called a “supportive critique group”, and she published picture books. Although she started off writing for the very young, Laurie Halse Anderson has written for all ages of children, and is probably best known for her Young Adult books. Speak was a National Book Award Finalist and a Printz Honor book. For young readers, she has written a series based at a veterinary clinic: the Wild at Heart series, now rebadged as the Vet Volunteer series. Two of the stories are about volunteer David, and his adventures with horses.

Finding the books
The books are still in print under the Vet Volunteer label.

Links and sources
Laurie Halse Anderson’s website


The Showing series

Bibliography (horse books only)

Fear of Falling

G Stevens, Milwaukee, 2003, 105 pp
Penguin Group, 2009, pb

Set at the Wild at Heart Animal Clinic, this story features David’s determination
to learn to jump. Now his father is back in town, he has promised to teach David,
but David is scared both of falling off, and of disappointing his father. If he does,
he thinks his father will leave again.


G Stevens, Milwaukee, 2003, 124 pp
Penguin Group, 2009, pb

Another of the Wild at Heart series. David is determined to ride Trickster. The moment he saw him, after the horse was brought in as an emergency after his trailer was involved in an accident, David fell for the horse. David is determined to help Trickster get better, and to show his owner that he is a responsible boy.