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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Katherine Alice Applegate  

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Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1956 in Michigan

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Illinois Connection

Applegate lived in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Katherine Applegate is a prolific author of science-fiction and fantasy stories for middle-grade readers. She has also written adult fiction. She has lived in Texas, Florida, California, Minnesota, Illinois, North Carolina, and after living in Pelago, Italy for a year, she moved back to Southern California.

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Titles At Your Library

Jack Rabbit and the Beanstalk
ISBN: 1577191080

Inchworm Pr. 1997

A giant at the top of a beanstalk that Jack Rabbit accidentally grows in his backyard thunders "Fee fi fo funny. I smell the blood of a curious bunny!" Jack finds a very unusual way to foil the fiendish giant and return home again in this clever version of a well-loved tale. Full-color illustrations.

The Buffalo Storm
ISBN: 0544339215

HMH Books for Young Readers. 2014

Hallie isn't afraid of anything—that is, anything but storms, which she braves along with her grandmother, huddled beneath a special quilt. When her family joins a wagon train headed west, leaving her grandmother—and everything Hallie has ever known—behind, Hallie knows she will have to be braver than she's ever been before. But can she summon the courage to help a young buffalo stuck on a rocky ridge during a wild storm? The Newbery medalist Katherine Applegate has paired lyrical text with gorgeous watercolors throughout.