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Laura Amy Schlitz
Born Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Occupation Writer, and Lower School Librarian at Park School
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Goucher College
Notable works

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
Splendors and Glooms

Notable awards Cybils Award
2006 A Drowned Maiden’s Hair: A Melodrama
Newbery Medal
2008 Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!
Newbery Honor
2013 Splendors and Glooms
Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction
2016 The Hired Girl
National Jewish Book Award
2016 The Hired Girl
Sydney Taylor Book Award
2016 The Hired Girl

When I was a child, I wanted to be important.
I could make up characters till the cows came home. Plot's what hard. Very hard.
Laura Amy Schlitz
As an author, you think you know where the good parts and the bad parts are. And then you read to a group of children, and you learn when you're boring them, and you hurry through those sections to get to the parts where they're interested again. You start to get a sense of your story's rhythm and flow.
Laura Amy Schlitz
One day, I was at my grandmother's house, and I found diaries that she kept as a young girl. I opened one to a page that had flowers glued inside. In her childish handwriting, my grandmother wrote, 'Pap died today. I am very sad.' The fact that this was true and that I could see the withered flowers made a huge impression on me.
Laura Amy Schlitz
If you're not going to wear a tiara when you win a Newbery Award, when are you going to wear one?
Laura Amy Schlitz
I was fascinated by fairies when I was growing up, and I wanted to see one dreadfully.
Laura Amy Schlitz
When I was 4 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night and told my parents there was a witch crying outside in the boxwood bushes. I didn't know who she was or why she was crying, but I was terribly upset.
Laura Amy Schlitz
I tried for years to get an agent because I was told you needed an agent. The agent-hunting process was grim indeed.
Laura Amy Schlitz
I tell 'Hansel and Gretel' stories about heroic children who are lost in a world that seems friendly at first, and then isn't.
Laura Amy Schlitz
Folklore has a moral center to it. Folklore is always, always, always on the side of the underdog, and children have a natural instinct towards justice. They feel indignation at needless cruelty and wistfulness about acts of mercy and kindness.
Laura Amy Schlitz
Novels taught me that history is dramatic. I wanted my students to know that, too.
Laura Amy Schlitz
I'm like a crockpot on low heat. My mind constantly comes up with ideas, but I abandon a lot of them after a week or two. It's the ones that keep coming to me, that keep picking up flavors, that haunt me, those are the ones that wind up getting written.
Laura Amy Schlitz
Sometimes I feel like an impostor, and I have to remind myself, 'You are able to do this.' I look at the books on the shelf that have my name on them to remind myself I have done it before and, likely, I can do it again.
Laura Amy Schlitz
I became fascinated by marionettes, which I first saw in Venice. They were so haunted and so alive. You walked by them, and you could feel their presence, with their beady eyes just fixed on you.
Laura Amy Schlitz
People tend to associate fairies with princesses, but they couldn't be more different. Princesses have dynastic and domestic pressures, and they get parked on glass hills. Fairies don't have families. They don't clean or cook. They sip nectar from flowers and dance by the light of the moon.
Laura Amy Schlitz