Writers on an EHS Stage: Lisa Luedeke

On Thursday, we had a visit from Lisa Luedeke, author of Smashed, a beautifully written YA novel about a young field hockey star, Katie, who has a questionable relationship with alcohol and who makes bad decision after bad decision. Katie quickly falls for bad-boy Alec, and things spiral out of control.

I first met Lisa two years ago at UNH’s Literary Institute. Friends with Penny Kittle, Lisa was there promoting her new book. I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy of her novel. I started reading instantly and quickly realized that the power of this YA hit lies in the believable and complicated characters. It is a gripping story one I fell in love with instantly.


After our success with Stephen King last year, I figured why not ask Lisa to come for a visit. And she said yes! Not only did she agree to an author talk, she agreed to three! That’s right – we got her for the whole day. And she was fantastic! It was obvious

Imagethat she was a former high school English teacher — only a handful of people are capable of captivating an audience of teenagers for 100 minutes. She engaged the kids throughout the whole novel – getting them to think, talk and even write! What a day! Students were even able to purchase a copy of the novel and Lisa autographed it for them. 

We were very lucky to land a visit from this upcoming YA rock star and wish her luck on her newest novel!​ Thanks Lisa!

Stay tuned for next year when we meet JD Spero, author of Catcher’s Keeper! 


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