Catalyst (novel)

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First edition cover
Author Laurie Halse Anderson
Cover artist Michael Morgenstern
Country United States
Language English
Genre Young adult novel
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
September 2002
Media type Print (hardback & paperback)
Pages 233 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN 0-670-03566-1 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 49821813
LC Class PZ7.A54385 Cat 2002
Preceded by Speak

Catalyst is a 2002 novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a senior named Kate Malone. put Catalyst on its Ultimate Teen Reading List.[1]

The book tells the story of Kate Malone, a preacher's daughter and high school student who is excellent in chemistry and aspires to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but faces multiple tragic situations ranging from rejection by MIT to the fire of her neighbor Teri Litch at the end of her senior year.

Throughout the novel Anderson makes extensive references to the periodic table of elements.[relevant? ]

The Book Report's Roberta O'Hara liked Kate's inner struggles, describing them as "realistic".[2]


  1. ^ "Ultimate Teen Reading List". The Book Report. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Roberta O'Hara. "Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson". The Book Report. Retrieved 12 September 2009.