Writing the celebrated satire FEED, says M. T. Anderson, was a process that demanded a fair share of field research. "I read a huge number of magazines like SEVENTEEN and STUFF," he confesses. "I listened to cell phone conversations in malls. Where else could you get lines like ‘Dude, I think the truffle is totally undervalued’?" It seems these furtive observations paid off: FEED, a National Book Award Finalist, was honored with the LOS ANGELES TIMES Book Prize, among many other major awards, and dubbed "satire at its finest" (KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review). Said the NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, "FEED demonstrates that young-adult novels are alive and well and able to deliver a jolt."
The research undertaken to write THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION, VOLUME 1: THE POX PARTY, a National Book Award Winner, was on a wholly different magnitude, the author recalls. Street-side eavesdropping was replaced with visits to battlefields in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, and hours spent in libraries poring over 250-year-old documents.
In addition to writing for young adults, M. T. Anderson also writes for younger readers, including two picture books illustrated by the award-winning Kevin Hawkes: HANDEL, WHO KNEW WHAT HE LIKED, a biography of eighteenth-century composer George Frideric Handel, which was a BOSTON GLOBE-HORN BOOK Honor Winner, and ME, ALL ALONE, AT THE END OF THE WORLD, which NEWSDAY called "a persuasive argument for a little solitude and space to think." M. T. Anderson lives near Boston, Massachusetts.