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Laird Koenig (born September 24, 1927 in Seattle, Washington) is an American author. His best-known work is The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, a novel published in 1974.[1] The novel was adapted into a film of the same name starring Jodie Foster. He also wrote a play based on the novel.


  • The Children are Watching (w. Peter L. Dixon) (Ballantine, 1970) (filmed as Attention, The Kids Are Watching, 1978)
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (Coward-McCann & Geoghegan, Inc., 1974) (filmed 1976)
  • Islands (Dell, 1980)
  • The Neighbor (Avon, 1978) (filmed as Killing 'em Softly, 1982)
  • Rockabye (St. Martin's Press, 1981) (filmed 1986)
  • The Disciple (Bantam, 1983)
  • The Sea Wife (Warner Books, 1986)
  • Rising Sun (1986)
  • Morning Sun : The Story of Madam Butterfly's Boy (Prospecta Press, 2012)


  • The Dozens. Dramatist's Play Service, New York 1969
  • The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane. Dramatist's Play Service, New York 1997, ISBN 0-8222-1571-3


Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Nominated work Result References
5th Saturn Awards Saturn Award for Best Writing The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane Nominated [2]
3rd Golden Raspberry Awards Razzie Award for Worst Screenplay Inchon Won [3]


  • (Unknown) for "Intrigues" (French TV series), 1985 (probably The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane)


  1. ^ Houston, Levin (February 16, 1974). "A story of an adjustment". Free-Lance Star. p. 12. Retrieved September 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jacobs, Christopher P. (18 January 2017). "Overlooked Thriller Turns 40". High Plains Reader. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  3. ^ Wilson, John (2005). The Official Razzie Movie Guide. Warner Books. p. 344. ISBN 0-446-69334-0. OCLC 56033390. 


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