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. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'd be me, but with a unicorn.

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’s your greatest flaw?

A. I am far too hard on myself. When I make mistakes or don't succeed on the first try, I feel like such a failure that it brings everything to a screeching halt as I overanalyze and agonize about what went wrong. I'm working really hard to overcome that tendency.

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

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

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