Claire Legrand

Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now Ms. Legrand is a full-time writer living in New Jersey. She has written two middle grade novels—The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012, and The Year of Shadows—as well as the young adult novel Winterspell. Visit her at and on Twitter @ClaireLegrand.

Books by this Author

Some Kind of Happiness
The Year of Shadows
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Whatever happens is best." My dad told me this one. As someone who is way too hard on herself, this helps me remember to breathe, chill, and take a step back to find perspective when things are at their most hectic.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Without a doubt, Lyra Belacqua from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. This girl is fierce, stubborn, curious, smart, and unstoppable. Whenever I feel discouraged about something, I ask myself, "What would Lyra do?" Answer: She would stop whining and get the job done.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Knowing, understanding, and accepting who you truly are and what you have while always striving to better yourself and your life.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. The positive side of that hard-on-myself coin is that I work extremely hard and push myself until I make the success I set out to find.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Compassion. An open mind. An honest heart.

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