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. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Awesome. Delightful. Fart. Unicorns.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I would love to be a foley artist. Or an interior designer with oodles of money to spend. Or a wildlife photographer -- in another life when I'm not so afraid of bugs.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My mom. She has been through so much in her life, so much that could have derailed her, and yet she has triumphed despite those obstacles. She is the strongest, most open-minded person I know, and I hope that I can achieve even a fraction of her grace in my lifetime.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I try not to regret things. Every mistake that I've made or opportunity I didn't take, every path I went down or passed by, has made me who I am today, and I wouldn't change who I am today for anything.

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