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Claire Legrand
Legrand in October 2018
Legrand in October 2018
Born Irving, Texas, United States
Occupation Writer, librarian
Genre Science fiction, fantasy, children's literature, young adult fiction
Notable works The Empirium Trilogy
Notable awards 2017 Edgar Award finalist, 2018 Bram Stoker Award finalist, 2019 Lambda Literary Award finalist

Claire Legrand is an American writer of children's and young adult literature, including novels and short stories. She is best known for her New York Times bestselling Empirium trilogy, published by Sourcebooks Fire.

Personal life

Legrand is from North Texas but now resides in Princeton, New Jersey, where she works as a librarian. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Master of Science in Library Science.

Middle Grade

  • The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Aug 28 2012; illustrated by Sarah Watts)
  • The Year of Shadows (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Aug 27 2013; illustrated by Karl Kwasny)
  • Some Kind of Happiness (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 17 2016)
  • Foxheart (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Oct 4 2016; illustrated by Jaime Zollars)

Young Adult


  • Winterspell (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Sep 30 2014)
  • Summerfall (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Aug 26 2014) — Winterspell prequel novella
  • Homecoming (available only as a free e-book download from Legrand's website, Dec 29 2014) — Winterspell epilogue


  • Furyborn (Sourcebooks Fire, May 22 2018)
  • Kingsbane (Sourcebooks Fire, May 21 2019)
  • Lightbringer (Sourcebooks Fire, October 13 2020)


  • Sawkill Girls (Katherine Tegen Books, Oct 2 2018)


  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief & Sinister (Greenwillow Books, May 27 2014) — a book of short stories by Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Emma Trevayne, and Legrand; illustrated by Alexander Jansson
  • Guys Read: Terrifying Tales: (Walden Pond Press, Sep 1 2015) — a book of short stories by Kelly Barnhill, Michael Buckley, Adam Gidwitz, Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown, Nikki Loftin, Daniel José Older, Dav Pilkey, R.L. Stine, Rita Williams-Garcia and Claire Legrand; edited by Jon Scieszka
  • Been There, Done That: Writing Stories from Real Life (Grosset & Dunlap, Nov 3 2015) — a diverse collection of short stories by Gary D. Schmidt, Linda Sue Park, Grace Lin, Matthew J. Kirby, Adam Rex, Jane Yolen, Heidi Y. Stemple, Rita Williams-Garcia, Karen Cushman, Caroline Starr Rose, Lisa Yee, Nathan Hale, Julia Alvarez, Kate Messner, Margarita Engle, Alan Lawrence Sitomer, Tracy Edward Wymer, Dee Garretson and Legrand; edited by Mike Winchell, illustrated by Eglantine Ceulemans
  • The Mandigore (short story published in "Guys Read: Terrifying Tales")
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