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 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

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

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Oh gosh. It totally depends on my mood. I'm gonna go with: "Cornflake Girl" by Tori Amos, "Mathematical Mind" by Spoon, "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones, "Hey Jude" by The Beatles, and "Cosmic Dancer" by T. Rex.

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. 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.


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