K. A. Applegate

K. A. Applegate

K. A. Applegate at the 2013 Texas Book Festival.
Born Katherine Alice Applegate
(1956-10-09) October 9, 1956
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Pen name L. E. Blair; Katherine Kendall; Beth Kincaid; A. R. Plumb; Pat Pollari
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 2

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 has recently written an early chapters series called Roscoe Riley Rules.

Life and career

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 2003, she and her husband, Michael Grant, her co-author on many projects including Animorphs and Everworld, adopted their daughter, Julia, in China.[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

Picture books


Animorphs series

Collection of Animorphs books.
Main article: Animorphs
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

Main article: Everworld

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

Making Out

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:

Summer series

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

Roscoe Riley Rules

  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)



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