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Katherine A Applegate

Born: 1956 in Michigan
Pen Name: Beth Kincaid, AR Plumb, Pat Pollari, LE Blair, Katherine Kendall, KA Applegate

Connection to Illinois: Applegate lived in Illinois.

Biography: 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 settled in Southern California.

  • '''''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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Children; Young adult readers


Selected Titles

Animorphs: Elfangor's Secret
ISBN: 0590036394 OCLC: 41260940

Scholastic, New York, N.Y. : ©1999.

Visser Four has found the Time Matrix, the machine Elfangor had hidden, and he plans to use it to become Visser One.

Animorphs: In the Time of Dinosaurs
ISBN: 0590023586 OCLC: 39697597

Scholastic, New York, N.Y. : ©1998.

An explosion sends the Animorphs millions of years back in time to the age of dinosaurs. They have no idea how to get back to their own time. Part 2 continues the story of In The Time of Dinosaurs.

Animorphs: Mutation
ISBN: 0439979471 OCLC: 50302218

Scholastic, London : 2002.

Animorphs: The Adalite's Gift
ISBN: 9780590298421 OCLC: 39511924

Scholastic Inc., New York : ©1997.

The Animorphs needed a break from the superhero stuff and everything should have been cool. But Rachel is missing and something is after the kids.

Animorphs: The Andalite Chronicles
ISBN: 0439011450 OCLC: 42040053

Hippo, London : 1999.

Animorphs: The Ellimist Chromicles
ISBN: 0439217989 OCLC: 45202726

Scholastic, New York : 2000.

This story is about Ellimist. A being with the ability to alter space and time.

Animorphs: The Hork-Bajir Chronicles
ISBN: 0439042917 OCLC: 39069259

Scholastic, New York : ©1998.

Aldrea, a young member of the outpost the Andalite race has placed on the planet of the Hork-Bajir, must help her native friend Dak when the ruthless, parasitic Yeerks try to enslave his people.

Animorphs: Visser
ISBN: 0439226775 OCLC: 47079049

Scholastic, New York : 2000, ©1999.

On trial for treason, Edriss 562 explains how she infested a series of human hosts in order to spearhead the invasion of Earth by her people, the ruthless, parasitic Yeerks.

Crenshaw /
ISBN: 1250043239 OCLC: 892701974

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

Disney's Christmas with all the trimmings :
ISBN: 0786830034 OCLC: 30652716

Disney Press, New York : ©1994.

Doggo and Pupper /
ISBN: 125062097X OCLC: 1241254495

Doggo, an older dog, is used to things a certain way. When Pupper shows up, Doggo's routine changes. Pupper is very playful and soon the humans realize Pupper needs some training. But when Pupper comes back from puppy school, Doggo senses that, although Pupper is well-behaved, he isn't happy. So Doggo shows Pupper how to rediscover his fun side.

ISBN: 1250621003 OCLC: 1239650591

Endling #1: The Last
ISBN: 0062335545 OCLC: 1043881532

"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"

Endling #2: The First
ISBN: 006233557X OCLC: 1241697886

"Endling: The First is the second book in an epic middle grade animal fantasy series by Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of The One and Only Ivan, Wishtree, and Crenshaw! To learn if she truly is the last dairne in the world--the endling--Byx and her friends must travel into the snow-covered mountains of the country of Dreyland, where they hope to uncover the truth behind the legend of a hidden dairne colony. But the threat of war across the lands continues to grow with each passing day. As the group confronts untold dangers at every turn, they will ultimately uncover a treacherous plot that involves the other powerful governing species. With both her dreams and all the creatures of Nedarra on the brink of extinction, Byx and her friends are determined to never give up hope. Soon they find themselves the unlikely leaders in a simmering rebellion that risks everything they hold dear. Byx may be the last of her kind, but will she also be the first to lead the revolution? In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling first book--which received four starred reviews--Katherine Applegate once again delivers an action-packed middle grade fantasy with a unique setting, enthralling characters, and gripping adventure that is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan, Brian Jacques, and Tui T. Sutherland."--Publisher's description.

Endling #3: The Only
ISBN: 0062335596 OCLC: 1238102427

A trilogy conclusion finds Byx and her friends discovering that the same extinction facing the dairnes is threatening all living species, prompting the team to recruit creatures throughout the world into their revolution.

Eve & Adam /
ISBN: 0312583516 OCLC: 809212890

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.

EverWorld: Brave the Betrayal
ISBN: 0590878549 OCLC: 45315768

Scholastic, New York ; ©2000.

Jalil, David, Christopher, and April have definitely made some mistakes ... about trading a chemistry book for an unbelievably sharp knife. ... Now it seems those same aliens are combining the textbook information with their own technology to create horrific new weapons. And guess who they plan to use them on ...?--Back cover.

EverWorld: Enter the Enchanted
ISBN: 0590877542 OCLC: 43186900

Scholastic, New York : ©1999.

Continuing adventures in Everworld.

EverWorld: Entertain the End
ISBN: 0590879960 OCLC: 46834365

Scholastic Inc., New York : 2001.

EverWorld: Fear the Fantastic
ISBN: 059087764X OCLC: 43498362

Scholastic, New York : 2000.

Christopher, David, April, and Jalil find themselves at the single most powerful area in Everworld--Olympus. It seems that the evil alien god, Ka Anor, plans to take Olympus for himself and Zeus isn't having any of it. The kids know it's not their fight, but they ultimately will choose a side.

EverWorld: Gateway to the Gods
ISBN: 0590877666 OCLC: 43963105

Scholastic, New York : 2000.

April and the others know the main reason they're still alive is because of their survival instincts and real-world knowledge. But in Everworld, even the things that you trust to keep you safe can be the very things to take your life ...--Page 4 of cover.

EverWorld: Inside the Illusion
ISBN: 0590878557 OCLC: 44892388

Scholastic, New York : 2000.

Senna, the girl whom David, Christopher, April, and Jalil followed into the Everworld, offers her own account of growing up among humans and of her search for her mother in an Egypt ruled by Amazon warriors.

EverWorld: Mystify the Magician
ISBN: 9780590879880 OCLC: 46649947

Scholastic, New York ; 2001.

Christopher, Jalil, April, David, and Senna escape from Atlantis to the island of Eire, a land out of Irish legends, where they discover that Merlin is getting closer, and that he will not stop his pursuit of Senna.

EverWorld: Realm of the Reaper
ISBN: 0439996325 OCLC: 43457710

Scholastic, London : 2000.

EverWorld: Search for Senna
ISBN: 0590877437 OCLC: 41577062

Scholastic, New York : ©1999.

David and the others followed Senna and found themselves in a world they could not have imagined.

EverWorld: Understand the Unknown
ISBN: 0590879863 OCLC: 45205219

Scholastic, New York : 2000.

While returning to Mount Olympus to help the gods against Ka Anor, David and his friends fall afoul of mighty Neptune, and discover more than they would like about the lost city of Atlantis.

Home of the Brave
ISBN: 0312535635 OCLC: 74458856

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.

Jack Rabbit and the Beanstalk
ISBN: 1577191080 OCLC: 36801284

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.

Making Out: Ben Takes a Chance

Making Out: Claire Can't Lose
ISBN: 0380808684 OCLC: 41279067

Making Out: Jake Finds Out
ISBN: 0380802120 OCLC: 39510127

Avon Flare, New York : 1998, ©1994.

Jake finds our that his old girlfriend betrayed him. Now Claire, his new love, has hurt him too. Somebody's gonna pay ...

Making Out: Nina Shapes Up
ISBN: 0380807432 OCLC: 40897729

Nina is desperate to keep Ben's love. What must she do to keep Ben's love? If Ben regains his sight will he still love her?

Making Out: Nina Won't Tell
ISBN: 0380802139 OCLC: 39510171

Avon Flare, New York : 1998, ©1994.

Nina won't tell she's in love with Ben, who used to belong to her sister Claire, who knows what Claire would say. But Ben doesn't love Nina back ... and it will break her heart.

Making Out: Sharing Sam
ISBN: 0553566601 OCLC: 54539596

Delacorte Press, New York : [2004], ©1995.

High schoolers and best friends Alison and Iz both fall for Sam, the new boy in town, but when Iz is diagnosed with cancer, Alison must balance her own feelings with thoughts for her friend's happiness.

Making Out: Zoey Fools Around
ISBN: 0380802112 OCLC: 39622587

Avon Flare, New York : 1998, ©1994.

Teenagers on a small island have grown up together and think they know each other until Zoey fools around and their world is turned upside down.

Making Out: Zoey Plays Games
ISBN: 0613176243 OCLC:

Remnants: Aftermath
ISBN: 9780613663458 OCLC: 924440262

Scholastic, New York : ©2003.

As Jobs and the others find themselves trapped between the extreme hot and cold climates of the Earth's surface, they discover that the world's current population may not tolerate the presence of the Remnants.

Remnants: Begin Again
ISBN: 0590877372 OCLC: 52915746

Jobs and the remaining survivors of the asteroid that struck Earth are trying to find a habitable place on the planet, which has been plunged back into the Stone Age, where they can live in peace. The end of the world has come and gone, leaving only ruins, and the Remnants. This is the final chapter in their saga. The Remnants, Marauders, and Alphas are being summoned by the Source. Unsure of the future, and weary from the past, the group travels. But not everyone trusts the power and promise of the Source. Can it truly bring life back to planet Earth? Will the Remnants survive to tell the tale of the Rock, the times before and the times after? Only the Source knows if the universe will end, or begin again. All will be revealed.

Remnants: Breakdown
ISBN: 0590881957 OCLC: 49660863

Scholastic, New York : ©2002.

Escaping earth's destruction by an asteroid, the Remnants find themselves captive on a ship controlled by a computer called Mother who wants them to battle it's enemies, but who is the real enemy?

Remnants: Destination Unknown
ISBN: 0439979404 OCLC: 48193934

Scholastic, London : 2002, ©2001.

Remnants: Dream Storm
ISBN: 0590884956 OCLC: 51759384

Be careful what you wish for. After what seemed like a lifetime of waiting, the Remnants are back on Earth, for better or worse. Yago has taken control of Mother and stranded the Remnants along with their ruthless enemies the Riders and Meanies to keep them company. Meanwhile, Jobs discovers that Earth has some remnants of its own humans who don't know any world other than the new Earth. Will the survivors of the Rock help the remaining Remnants? Or does a new enemy lurk on the horizon?

Remnants: Lost and Found
ISBN: 0590884948 OCLC: 51276163

They say you can always go home again. That may be true for some, but what if you have to go home after 500 years? After an asteroid destroys everything you know?--Cover.

Remnants: No Place Like Home
ISBN: 0590884921 OCLC: 50878544

Scholastic, New York : ©2002.

The Remnants must deal with both the Blue Meanies horrifying new weapon and a stranger among them. They are on a mission to promote peace, but the Blue Meanies have created a horrifying new weapon and the peacemakers are in grave danger.

Remnants: Nowhere Land
ISBN: 1404656618 OCLC: 520891783

Scholastic, New York : ©2002.

The Remnants, a group of people who survived the destruction of Earth, are nearly destroyed by their ship's computer system.

Remnants: Survival
ISBN: 0590877356 OCLC: 52527065

Scholastic, New York : ©2003.

A group of the Remnants become stranded on earth, while Tate and Yago remain on the ship Mother--a situation about which Tate is not happy!

Remnants: The Mayflower Project
ISBN: 0439979390 OCLC: 48193943

Scholastic, London : 2002, ©2001.

Remnants: Them
ISBN: 0439979412 OCLC: 48570508

Scholastic, London : 2002.

Roscoe Riley Rules: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs
ISBN: 9780061148811 OCLC: 173182377

HarperCollinsPublishers, New York : ©2008.

When the first-graders' bee antennae would not stay on their heads and the drummers would not stay in their seats for the open house play, Roscoe decides to help by using the don't-you-dare glue.

Sometimes You Fly
ISBN: 0547633904 OCLC: 990777906

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

The buffalo storm /
ISBN: 0544339215 OCLC: 867078295

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?

  The Islanders.
ISBN: 0062340824 OCLC: 893452910

Lucas is miserable when his girlfriend, Zoey, goes back to her ex Jake when her family falls apart, while Aisha becomes torn between her new flame, Christopher, and her first love, Jeff.

The Islanders: Volume 1: Zoey Fools Around and Jake Finds Out
ISBN: 006234076X OCLC: 891610202

A story of passion and heartbreak is told with the alternating perspectives of Jake, whose brother died in an accident three years before, and Zoey, who falls for the boy responsible for the accident.

The Islanders: Volume 2: Nina Won't Tell and Ben's In Love
ISBN: 0062340786 OCLC: 891610203

A love story between Nina and her sister's former boyfriend Ben is told with the alternating perspectives of Nina and Ben.

The Islanders: Volume 3: Claire Gets Caught and What Zoey Saw
ISBN: 0062340808 OCLC: 893452916

Claire tries to catch the eye of her crush, Jake, while on a snowy weekend ski trip in New Hampshire, even though Jake and Claire's friend Zoey seem to be getting closer together.

The Islanders: Volume 4: Lucas Gets Hurt and Aisha Goes Wild
ISBN: 0062340824 OCLC: 893452910

Lucas is miserable when his girlfriend, Zoey, goes back to her ex Jake when her family falls apart, while Aisha becomes torn between her new flame, Christopher, and her first love, Jeff.

The One and Only Bob
ISBN: 0062991329 OCLC:

HarperCollins 2022

One and Only Bob is an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, embraced by new and old fans of Katherine Applegate's beloved One and Only Ivan. Great for summer reading or anytime! A Today show pick for “25 children’s books your kids and teens won’t be able to put down this summer!" In the tradition of timeless stories like Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create an unforgettable story of friendship, family, and hope. The One and Only Bob features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective). This acclaimed middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, for independent reading, homeschooling, and sharing in the classroom.

The one and only Ivan
ISBN: 9780062135797 OCLC: 719673349

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.

The One and Only Ruby
ISBN: 0063080087 OCLC: [S.l.] :

HarperCollins [S.l.] : 2023

Ruby’s story picks up a few months after the events of The One and Only Bob. Now living in a wildlife sanctuary, Ruby’s caretaker from the elephant orphanage in Africa where she grew up is visiting. Seeing him again brings back a flood of memories both happy and sad of her life before the circus, and she recounts the time she spent in the African savannah to Ivan and Bob. In the timeless way that only Katherine Applegate could craft, this highly anticipated novel in verse is the perfect mix of heartfelt and humorous, poignant and sweet. Artist Patricia Castelao returns to the world of Ivan and his friends with gorgeous black-and-white interior illustrations to complete the story. The One and Only Ruby features first-person narrative; author's use of literary devices (personification, imagery); and story elements (plot, character development, perspective). This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 8, for independent reading, homeschooling, and sharing in the classroom.

The story of two American generals, Benjamin O. Davis, Jr., Colin L. Powell /
ISBN: 0440405955 OCLC: 25125903

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: 25865425

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!

ISBN: 1250147409 OCLC: 1202442421