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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kate Hannigan  

Pen Name: Kate Hannigan Issa, Kate Hannigan

Genre: Fiction History Non-Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;


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Hannigan lives in Hyde Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kate Hannigan grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In college, she studied journalism which led her to work for newspapers on both coasts and Texas before settling in Chicago. Issa still loves researching and writing but now does it for her blog and middle-grade books. She has written the ''Cupcake Cousins'' series and the historical novel ''The Detective's Assistant''.


The Detective's Assistant

Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015

Best Book, Chicago Public Library, 2015

Starred Review, Booklist

Five Star Review, Common Sense Media

Starred Review, The Center for Children's Books

Starred Review, Booklist

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016

Cupcake Cousins, Books 1 & 2

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights

Junior Library Guild Selection, Spring 2018

Best Book, Bank Street College, 2019

Mighty Girl Best Books Selection, 2018

Best of the Best, Chicago Public Library, 2018

Amelia Bloomer Project, 2019 List

Starred Review, Booklist

Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Starred Review, School Library Connection

Starred Review, Kirkus

Cape: The League of Secret Heroes, Book 1

ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

Kate likes connecting with students in the classroom. Go to her "School Visits" page to find out about her programs and to invite her to your school!

Selected Titles At Your Library

A lady has the floor :
ISBN: 9781629794532. OCLC Number: 987991508

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Activist Belva Lockwood never stopped asking herself the question, "Are women not worth the same as men?" She had big dreams and didn't let anyone stand in her way--not her father, her law school, or even the U.S. Supreme Court. She fought for equality for women in the classroom, in the courtroom, and in politics.

Boots /
ISBN: 153443917X. OCLC Number: 1201298827

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When Mae's Aunt Willa and Aunt Jane, both pilots, are kidnapped by evil Metallic Falcon, Josie, Mae, and Akiko, the Infinity Trinity, pursue them from Chicago to Sweetwater, Texas, to Paris, France.

Cape /
ISBN: 1534439110. OCLC Number: 1110105913

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Soon after being recruited by the mysterious Mrs. Boudica to join a secret military intelligence operation, Josie, Mae, and Akiko discover their superhero abilities and use them to thwart a Nazi plot to steal the ENIAC computer.

Cupcake cousins /
ISBN: 1423178300. OCLC Number: 852488307

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During a family vacation at Lake Michigan, nine-year-old cousins Willow and Delia, desperate to avoid being flower girls in their aunt's wedding, try to demonstrate that they would do better as chefs for the reception.

Mask /
ISBN: 9781534439146. OCLC Number: 1124317154

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Akiko, Mae, and Josie, also called the Infinity Trinity, spring into action after learning that a spy is betraying secrets to the Japanese military--and that Akiko's mother may be involved.

Summer showers /
ISBN: 1484716620. OCLC Number: 892888682

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"Cousins Willow and Delia return to the kitchen as their family welcomes a new baby in the second book in the illustrated Cupcake Cousins series"--

The detective's assistant /
ISBN: 0316403512. OCLC Number: 879983429

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Eleven-year-old Nell Warne arrives on her aunt's doorstep lugging a heavy sack of sorrows. If her Aunt Kate rejects her, it's the miserable Home for the Friendless. Luckily, canny Nell makes herself indispensable to Aunt Kate ... and not just by helping out with household chores. For Aunt Kate is the first-ever female detective employed by the legendary Pinkerton Detective Agency. And Nell has a knack for the kind of close listening and bold action that made Pinkerton detectives famous in Civil War-era America. With huge, nation-changing events simmering in the background, Nell uses skills new and old to uncover truths about her past and solve mysteries in the present.

The good fun! book :
ISBN: 9780979291852. OCLC Number: 642846151

Blue Marlin Publications,. .

Suggests twelve parties and activities that help young children engage in their communities while having a good time, including a party to help animals and a gathering to collect sports equipment for children in need.

The Great Chicago Fire: Rising From the Ashes
ISBN: 9781250174253. OCLC Number: 1157147119

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In History Comics: The Great Chicago Fire, writer Kate Hannigan and illustrator Alex Graudins tell the true story of how a city rose up from one of the worst catastrophes in American history, and how this disaster forever changed how homes, buildings, and communities are constructed. A deadly blaze engulfs Chicago for two terrifying days! A brother, a sister, and a helpless puppy must race through the city to stay one step ahead of the devilish inferno. But can they reunite with their lost family before it’s too late?

Winter wonders /
ISBN: 1484716639. OCLC Number: 935196161

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"Cousins Willow and Delia must save the day when a blizzard threatens to ruin Cat and Mr. Henry's wedding in the third book in the illustrated Cupcake Cousins series"--