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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Kat Falls  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Science Fiction

Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1964 in Silver Springs, Maryland

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Illinois Connection

Kat Falls lives with her husband and children in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kat attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergrad and went on to receive an MFA in screenwriting from Northwestern University. She came up with the idea for her debut novel, ''Dark Life'', during a writing exercise. Knowing that her 11-year-old son loved reading about the ocean, Wild West pioneers and the X-Men, she combined his interests and created a story premise that kept her up nights plotting and world-building. Kat also teaches screenwriting at Northwestern University.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Dark life /
ISBN: 0545178150. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York :. 2010.

When fifteen-year-old Ty, who has always lived on the ocean floor, joins Topside girl Gemma in the frontier's underworld to seek and stop outlaws who threaten his home, they learn that the government may pose an even greater threat.

Rip tide /
ISBN: 0545178436. OCLC Number:

Scholastic Press,. New York :. 2011.

Ty discovers an entire township chained to a sunken submarine, its inhabitants condemned to an icy underwater grave. It's only the first clue to a mystery that has claimed hundreds of lives and stands to claim two more -- - lives very precious to Ty and his Topsider ally, Gemma.

Inhuman /
ISBN: 054537099X. OCLC Number:

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Beyond the Titan wall lies the Feral Zone, and the only people who break quarantine and venture there are the "fetches", who are paid exorbitant sums to bring back items that were left behind when the wall went up--but Delaney McEvoy's father is there and she is being forced to find him and bring him back.


Dark Life

  • 2011 Juvenile Literary Award by The Friends of American Writers
  • 2013 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Inhuman

  • 2013-2014 Kidsí Winter Indie Next List
  • Kirkus Starred Review
  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Kat Falls is available to come to your school or library. Please contact her through her email.