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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Probably either my workaholicism, friendliness, or nerdiness. I'm a happy, hard-working nerd!

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 is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Doing my librarian thing! Rearranging furniture and decorating. Absorbing as much nerdery as possible. Long walks with good music. Buying awesome boots.

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