K. A. Applegate
|K. A. Applegate|
K. A. Applegate at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
|Born||Katherine Alice Applegate
October 9, 1956
|Pen name||L. E. Blair; Katherine Kendall; Beth Kincaid; A. R. Plumb; Pat Pollari|
|Genre||Children's fantasy, science fiction, adventure novels|
|Notable works||The One and Only Ivan, Animorphs|
|Notable awards||Newbery Medal
Katherine Alice Applegate (born October 9, 1956) is an American writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld and other book series. She won the 2013 Newbery Medal for her children's novel The One and Only Ivan. Applegate's most popular books are science fiction, fantasy, and adventure novels. She won the Best New Children's Book Series Award in 1997 in Publishers Weekly. Her book Home of the Brave has won two awards. She has recently written an early chapters series called Roscoe Riley Rules.
Life and career
Applegate was born on October 9, 1956 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since then she has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she moved back to Irvine, in Southern California. In 2003, she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many projects including Animorphs and Everworld, adopted their daughter, Julia, in China. Following the end of Remnants, Applegate took three years off. She is back at work and has written a picture book called Buffalo Storm, a middle reader novel called Home of the Brave and an early chapters series Roscoe Riley Rules with HarperCollins. Her book Home of the Brave has won the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction, the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award, and is a Judy Lopez Memorial Award honor book.
Applegate won the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan, illustrated by Patricia Castelao and published by HarperCollins. This annual award, granted by the American Library Association, recognizes the previous year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children." The story is written from the viewpoint of a gorilla living in a glass cage in a shopping mall. According to the award committee, "Katherine Applegate gives readers a unique and unforgettable gorilla's-eye-view of the world that challenges the way we look at animals and at ourselves." 
- Jack Rabbit and the Beanstalk (1997)
- The Buffalo Storm (2007)
- Sharing Sam (1995)
- Listen to My Heart (1996)
- Home of the Brave (2007)
- The One and Only Ivan (2012)
- Eve & Adam (with Michael Grant) (2013)
- 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 (2000)
- Alternamorphs 1: The First Journey (1999) (ghostwritten)
- Alternamorphs 2: The Next Passage (2000) (ghostwritten)[clarification needed]
Publication dates are based upon the original publication when the series was titled Boyfriends/Girlfriends
This series was originally published as Making Waves in the UK
- 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 (2008)
Roscoe Riley Rules
- Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (2008)
- Never Swipe a Bully's Bear (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 (2009)
- Harlequin romance novels, as Katherine Kendall
- Girl Talk novels, as L.E. Blair
- Ocean City series (republished as Making Waves)
- Barf-O-Rama series, as Pat Pollari
- Disney's The Little Mermaid series
- Disney's Aladdin series, as both A.R. Plumb and her own name
- Silver Creek Riders series, as Beth Kincaid
- Love Stories series
- The Story of Two American Generals: Benjamin O. Davis Jr. and Colin L. Powell
- The Very Best Jinx McGee
- Disney's Christmas with all the Trimmings: Original Stories and Crafts from Mickey Mouse and Friends
- Disney's Enter if you Dare: Scary Tales from the Haunted Mansion, as Nicholas Stephens
-  @kaaauthor Twitter, July 18, 2014.
- "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
"The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
- "Newbery – Katherine Applegate, Jon Klassen win Newbery, Caldecott Medals". ALA Press Release. January 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
- "The Animorphs #1: The Invasion". Edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
- Coutu, Aaron. "Rhode Island Teen Book Award: Home of the Brave". Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee. Retrieved 2009-10-29.
- The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
- Bank Street College of Education
- Women's National Book Association
- K. A. Applegate at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- The One and Only Ivan official website
- Katherine Applegate at HarperCollins Publishers
- Katherine Applegate at Macmillan Publishers
- "Katherine Applegate on Winning the 2013 Newbery: 'Stunned Disbelief'". Diane Roback. Publishers Weekly. January 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-26.