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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Katherine A Applegate  

Pen Name: Beth Kincaid, AR Plumb, Pat Pollari, LE Blair, Katherine Kendall, KA Applegate

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1956 in Michigan


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Illinois Connection

Applegate lived in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Katherine Applegate is a prolific author of science-fiction and fantasy stories for middle-grade readers. She has also written adult fiction. She has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she moved back to Southern California.


Published Works

    Picture Books
  • Jack Rabbit and the Beanstalk, Inchworm Press, 1997
  • The Buffalo Storm, HMH, 2007 - reprinted 2014
  • Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, Clarion, 2014Stand-Alone Titles
  • The Story of Two American Generals: Benjamin O. Davis Jr. and Colin L. Powell, Yearling, 1991
  • The World's Best Jinx McGee, Avon, 1992
  • Disney's Christmas with all the Trimmings: Original Stories and Crafts from Mickey Mouse and Friends, Hyperion, 1994
  • Disney's Enter if you Dare: Scary Tales from the Haunted Mansion, Hyperion, 1995 - written under the pen name Nicholas Stephens
  • Sharing Sam, Bt Bound, 1995
  • Home of the Brave, Squarefish, 2007 - reprinted 2008
  • The One and Only Ivan , Harper Collins, 2012 - reprinted in 2015
  • Eve and Adam, Feiwel & Friends, 2012 - written with Michael Grant
  • Crenshaw, Feiwel & Friends, 2015
  • Wishtree, Feiwel & Friends, 2017
  • Sometimes You Fly, Clarion, 2018
  • The Endling: #1, HarperCollins, 2018
  • The Endling: #2, HarperCollins, 2019Animorphs Series - written under the pen name K A Applegate
  • #1 The Invasion, Scholastic, 1996 - written with Michael Grant
  • #2 The Visitor, Scholastic, 1996 - written with Michael Grant
  • #3 The Encounter, Scholastic, 1996 - written with Michael Grant
  • #4 The Message, Scholastic, 1996 - written with Michael Grant
  • #5 The Predator, Scholastic, 1996 - written with Michael Grant
  • #6 The Capture, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #7 The Stranger, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #8 The Alien, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #9 The Secret, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #10 The Android, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #11 The Forgotten, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #12 The Reaction, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #13 The Change, Scholastic, 1997 - written with Michael Grant
  • #14 The Unknown, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #15 The Escape, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #16 The Warning, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #17 The Underground, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #18 The Decision, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #19 The Departure, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #20 The Discovery, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #21 The Threat, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #22 The Solution, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #23 The Pretender, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #24 The Suspicion, Scholastic, 1998 - written with Michael Grant
  • #25 The Extreme, Scholastic, 1999 - written with Michael Grant
  • #26 The Attack , Scholastic, 1999 - written with Michael Grant
  • #32 The Separation, Scholastic, 1999 - written with Michael Grant
  • #53 The Answer, Scholastic, 2001 - written with Michael Grant
  • #54 The Beginning, Scholastic, 2001 - written with Michael GrantAnimorphs Companion Books
  • Megamorphs 1: The Andalite's Gift, 1997
  • Megamorphs 2: In the Time of Dinosaurs, 1998
  • Megamorphs 3: Elfangor's Secret, 1999
  • Megamorphs 4: Back to Before, 2000
  • The Andalite Chronicles, 1997
  • The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, 1998
  • The Ellimist Chronicles, 2000
  • Visser, 2000Remnants Series
  • The Mayflower Project, 2001
  • Destination Unknown, 2001
  • Them, 2001
  • Nowhere Land, 2002
  • Mutation, 2002
  • Breakdown, 2002
  • Isolation, 2002
  • Mother, May I?, 2002
  • No Place Like Home, 2002
  • Lost and Found, 2003
  • Dream Storm, 2003
  • Aftermath, 2003
  • Survival, 2003
  • Begin Again, 2003Everworld Series
  • Search for Senna, 1999
  • Land of Loss, 1999
  • Enter the Enchanted, 1999
  • Realm of the Reaper, 2000
  • Discover the Destroyer, 2000
  • Fear the Fantastic, 2000
  • Gateway to the Gods, 2000
  • Brave the Betrayal, 2000
  • Inside the Illusion, 2000
  • Understand the Unknown, 2000
  • Mystify the Magician, 2001
  • Entertain the End, 2001Boyfriends/Girlfriends Series
  • Zoey Fools Around, 1994
  • Jake Finds Out, 1994
  • Nina Won't Tell, 1994
  • Ben's In Love, 1994
  • Claire Gets Caught, 1994
  • What Zoey Saw, 1994
  • Lucas Gets Hurt, 1994
  • Aisha Goes Wild, 1994Summer Series
  • June Dreams, 1995
  • July's Promise, 1995
  • August Magic, 1995
  • Beaches, Boys, and Betrayal, 1996
  • Sand, Surf, and Secrets, 1996
  • Rays, Romance, and Rivalry, 1996
  • Christmas Special Edition, 1996
  • Spring Break Reunion, 1996
  • Tan Lines: Sand, Surf, and Secrets; Rays, Romance, and Rivalry; Beaches, Boys, and Betrayal, 2008
  • Beach Blondes: June Dreams; July's Promise; August Magic, 2008Roscoe Riley Rules Series
  • Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs, HarperCollins, 2008
  • Never Swipe a Bully's Bear, HarperCollins, 2008
  • Don't Swap Your Sweater for a Dog, 2008
  • Never Swim in Applesauce, 2008
  • Don't Tap-Dance on Your Teacher, 2009
  • Never Walk in Shoes That Talk, 2009
  • Never Race a Runaway Pumpkin, 2009Other Works
  • Harlequin Romance novels - written under the pen name Katherine Kendall
  • Girl Talk novels - written under the pen name L.E. Blair
  • Ocean City series - republished as Making Waves
  • Barf-O-Rama series - written under the pen name Pat Pollari
  • Disney's The Little Mermaid series
  • Disney's Aladdin series - written under her own name and the pen name A.R. Plumb
  • Silver Creek Riders series - written under the pen name Beth Kincaid
  • Love Stories series


Selected Titles At Your Library

Jack Rabbit and the beanstalk /
ISBN: 1577191080. OCLC Number:

GT Pub.,. New York, NY :. ©1997.

The classic tale of Jack and the bean stalk retold with animals taking the places of the regular characters.

The buffalo storm /
ISBN: 0544339215. OCLC Number:

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Hallie isn't afraid of anything -- that is, anything but storms, which she braves along with her grandmother, huddled beneath a special quilt. When her family decides to join a wagon train and go west, leaving her grandmother -- and everything Hallie has even known -- behind, Hallie knows she will have to be braver than she's ever been before. But can she summon up the courage to help a young buffalo calf stuck on a rocky ridge during a wild storm?

Ivan :
ISBN: 0544252306. OCLC Number:

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"The true story of Ivan, known as the Shopping Mall Gorilla, who lived alone in a small cage for almost 30 years before being relocated to the gorilla habitat at ZooAtlanta."--

The story of two American generals, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Colin L. Powell /
ISBN: 0440405955. OCLC Number:

Dell Pub.,. New York, N.Y. :. ©1992.

Provides an introduction to the lives of two black generals. One served in World War II and one in the Vietnamese War and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Operation Desert Storm.

The world's best jinx McGee /
ISBN: 0380767287. OCLC Number:

Avon,. New York :. 1992.

Jinx used to be the best runner in second grade--until the new girl came along. Now all her friends are "best" at something, and even her dog is the world's best tail-wagger! Jinx has to find something to be BEST at ... but she hadn't planned to be the wackiest, the funniest, or the Best at making a fool of herself!

Disney's Christmas with all the trimmings :
ISBN: 0786830034. OCLC Number:

Disney Press,. New York :. ©1994.

Disney's Enter if you dare! :
ISBN: 0786850027. OCLC Number:

Disney Press,. New York :. ©1995.

A collection of spooky tales highlights such characters as the fortuneteller Madame Blackheart and a teenaged clarinet player who has a gig of a lifetime.

Home of the brave /
ISBN: 0312535635. OCLC Number:

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Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

The one and only Ivan /
ISBN: 0061992259. OCLC Number:

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Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all. Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he's seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line. Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home - and his own art - through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it's up to Ivan to make it a change for the better. Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan's unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope. -- From dust jacket.

Eve & Adam /
ISBN: 0312583516. OCLC Number:

Feiwel and Friends,. New York :. 2012.

While recuperating after a car accident in Spiker Biotech's lush San Francisco facilities, sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he's never questioned anything ... until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn't right, and Evening's mother may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: to simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

Crenshaw /
ISBN: 1250043239. OCLC Number:

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"A story about a homeless boy and his imaginary friend that proves in unexpected ways that friends matter, whether real or imaginary"--

Wishtree /
ISBN: 1250043220. OCLC Number:

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"A red oak tree and a crow help their human neighbors work out their differences"--

Sometimes you fly /
ISBN: 0547633904. OCLC Number:

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Illustrations and simple, rhyming text remind the reader that any achievement may be preceded by mistakes, and learning from them makes accomplishments sweeter.

Endling :
ISBN: 0062335529. OCLC Number:

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"Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true. Along the way, she meets new allies--animals and humans alike--who each have their own motivations for joining her quest. And although they begin as strangers, they become their own kind of family--one that will ultimately uncover a secret that may threaten every creature in their world"--Amazon.com.


Awards

Home of the Brave

  • Best New Children's Book Series Award, Publishers Weekly, 1997
  • Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction, SCBWI, 2008
  • Josette Frank Award, Bank Street, 2008
  • Honor Book, Judy Lopez Memorial Award
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • The One and Only Ivan

  • Winner, Newberry Medal, 2013
  • Winner, Christopher Medal, 2012
  • Gold Medal in Juvenile Literature, California Book Award, 2012
  • Crystal Kite Award Winner, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 2013
  • #1 Bestseller, New York Times
  • #1 Bestseller, Indie
  • Book of the Month Pick, Amazon
  • Bestseller, USA Today
  • Notable Book, ALA
  • Best of Children's Books, School Library Journal, 2012
  • Top Ten Pick for Winter, Kid's Indie Next List, 2011-2012
  • Best of Children's Books, Kirkus, 2012
  • Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade, Amazon, 2012
  • Best Children's Book, Amazon, 2012
  • Best of the Best, Chicago Public Library, 2012
  • 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Pick, New York Public Library, 2012
  • Shortlisted, Middle Grade Fantasy, Cybils(Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards)

    , 2012

  • Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, 2013
  • Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2013-14
  • Gold Medal in Juvenile Literature, 82nd Annual California Books Award
  • Nerdies Book Award, Middle Grade Fiction, 2012
  • Starred Review, Kirkus
  • Starred Review, School Library Journal
  • Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children�s Books
  • Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards Shortlist, 2012 Middle Grade Fantasy
  • Readers Choice Masterlist Selection, Virginia
  • Nerdies Book Award, Middle Grade Fiction, 2012
  • Best-of-the-Year List, Cooperative Children's Book Center, 2013
  • Backseat Book Club Must-Read for Kids 9-14, NPR

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (No)