K. A. Applegate

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K. A. Applegate
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K. A. Applegate at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
Born Katherine Alice Applegate
(1956-10-09) October 9, 1956 (age 60)
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Pen name L. E. Blair; Katherine Kendall; Beth Kincaid; A. R. Plumb; Pat Pollari[citation needed]
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Period 1991–2003, 2007-present
Genre Children's fantasy, science fiction, adventure novels
Notable works The One and Only Ivan, Animorphs
Notable awards Newbery Medal
Spouse Michael Grant
Children 3

Katherine Alice Applegate (born October 9, 1956[1] in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an American young adult and children's fiction writer, best known as the author of the Animorphs, Remnants, Everworld, and other book series. She won the 2013 Newbery Medal for her 2012 children's novel The One and Only Ivan.[2][3] 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 also wrote a chapter book series in 2008-9 called Roscoe Riley Rules.

Life and career[edit]

Applegate was born in Michigan.[4] 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.[5] In 1997, she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many projects including Animorphs and Everworld, had their first child, a son named Jake. In 2003 they adopted their daughter, Julia, in China, and later, son Robert from Mozambique.[6] 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,[7] the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award,[8] and is a Judy Lopez Memorial Award honor book.[9]

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." [2][3]

Selected works[edit]

Picture books[edit]

  • 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)
  • Crenshaw (2015)
  • Wishtree (2017)

Animorphs series[edit]

Collection of Animorphs books.
Companion books


First edition publication dates are based upon the 14 books in this series are

  1. The Mayflower Project (2001)
  2. Destination Unknown (2001)
  3. Them (2001)
  4. Nowhere Land (2002)
  5. Mutation (2002)
  6. Breakdown (2002)
  7. Isolation (2002)
  8. Mother, May I? (2002)
  9. No Place Like Home (2002)
  10. Lost and Found (2003)
  11. Dream Storm (2003)
  12. Aftermath (2003)
  13. Survival (2003)
  14. Begin Again (2003)

Everworld series[edit]

First edition publication dates are based upon (year) there are 12 books in this 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 (2001)

Making Out[edit]

First edition publication dates are based upon the original publication when the series was titled Boyfriends/Girlfriends. Only the first eight books were written by Applegate. Books #9-28 were ghostwritten.[10] The 28 books in this series are:

  • 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 (1994)
  • Zoey Plays Games (1996)
  • Nina Shapes Up (1996)
  • Ben Takes a Chance (1996)
  • Claire Can't Lose (1996)
  • Don't Tell Zoey (1996)
  • Aaron Lets Go (1996)
  • Who Loves Kate? (1996)
  • Lara Gets Even (1996)
  • Two-Timing Aisha (1996)
  • Zoey Speaks Out (1996)
  • Kate Finds Love (1997)
  • Never Trust Lara (1997)
  • Trouble with Aaron (1997)
  • Always Loving Zoey (1997)
  • Lara Gets Lucky (1997)
  • Now Zoey's Alone (1997)
  • Don't Forget Lara (1998)
  • Zoey's Broken Heart (1998)
  • Falling for Claire (1998)
  • Zoey Comes Home (1998)

Summer series[edit]

First edition publication dates are based upon this series was originally published as Making Waves in the UK the 10 book series in this are

  • 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[edit]

  1. Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs (2008)
  2. Never Swipe a Bully's Bear (2008)
  3. Don't Swap Your Sweater for a Dog (2008)
  4. Never Swim in Applesauce (2008)
  5. Don't Tap-Dance on Your Teacher (2009)
  6. Never Walk in Shoes That Talk (2009)
  7. 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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1] @kaaauthor Twitter, July 18, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "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.
  3. ^ a b "Newbery – Katherine Applegate, Jon Klassen win Newbery, Caldecott Medals". ALA Press Release. January 28, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-26.
  4. ^ http://www.shelf-awareness.com/issue.html?issue=1916#m18799
  5. ^ "The Animorphs #1: The Invasion". Edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  6. ^ Coutu, Aaron. "Rhode Island Teen Book Award: Home of the Brave". Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee. Retrieved 2009-10-29. 
  7. ^ The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  8. ^ Bank Street College of Education
  9. ^ Women's National Book Association
  10. ^ "K.A. Applegate Questions & Answers". Everworld Fantasy. Retrieved November 12, 2016. 

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