Laird Koenig

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.

Laird Koenig
Born (1927-09-24) 24 September 1927
Seattle, Washington


  • 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)
  • The Disciple (Bantam, 1983)
  • Rockabye (St. Martin's Press, 1981) (filmed 1986)
  • 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

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. (January 18, 2017). "Overlooked Thriller Turns 40". High Plains Reader. Retrieved March 6, 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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