Laura Ellen writes YA contemporary mysteries and thrillers from her home in Arizona. She has a MA in Children’s Literature and began her career as a teacher in both Language Arts and special education. Diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration as a teen, she drew upon her own experiences with vision loss to write her debut YA thriller Blind Spot, an emotional and suspenseful page-turner.
(For longer bio, please see About page.)
Blurbs and Reviews:
“Through the teen’s gripping first-person viewpoint, the mystery and romance universalize the struggle to discover and confront the truth.”— Booklist
“Roz is an enormously appealing narrator, her tangled emotions about everything from needing to ask for help to navigating friendships both believable and sympathetic.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Teen readers will enjoy trying to sort out all the clues in solving this murder mystery and gain a clear perspective on the emotional drama of high school relationships when merely getting through the day is a high-stakes matter.” — IRA/Reading Today Online
“Using Roz’s naivety and partial blindness, the author creates a mystery with a gritty, issue-oriented storyline to engage readers. The dark tone of the novel adds to the suspense of the story, making for a compelling, entertaining read.. . . young adults will appreciate the author’s honesty with the subjects.” — VOYA
“No young person who reads this book will ever again regard their less fortunate classmates in the same way.” — Lois Duncan, author of Stranger With My Face and Down A Dark Hall
“An utterly believable mystery, gritty with high school drama and shot through with suspense. . . . A captivating read, right to the last page.”—Carol Plum-Ucci, author of The Body of Christopher Creed
Laura Ellen on the Web
Interview by L.J. Sellers: Blind Spot by Laura Ellen (10/1/12, The Big Thrill e-zine)
The Restless Writer (2/13/12 – Talking on Diversity in Literature
If you’d like to use Blind Spot in the classroom, in a reading circle, or a book club, feel free to use the following Blind Spot Reader Guide.
Visits, Workshops, and Webinars
Laura is available for Author Visits, Conferences, Workshops., Library Events, and Virtual Visits. Please contact her through the contact form.