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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Kate Hannigan Issa, Kate Hannigan

Genre: C:CHILDREN C:YOUNG ADULT Fiction History Non-Fiction




Illinois Connection

Hannigan lives in Hyde Park.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kate Hannigan grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In college, she studied journalism which led her to work for newspapers on both coasts and Texas before settling in Chicago. Issa still loves researching and writing but now does it for her blog and middle-grade books. She has written the ''Cupcake Cousins'' series and the historical novel ''The Detective's Assistant''.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- """The Detective's Assistant"""

-- *Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015

-- *Best Book, Chicago Public Library, 2015

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Five Star Review, Common Sense Media

-- *Starred Review, The Center for Children's Books

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2016


-- """Cupcake Cousins, Books 1 & 2"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017


-- """A Lady Has the Floor: Belva Lockwood Speaks Out for Women's Rights"""

-- *Junior Library Guild Selection, Spring 2018

-- *Best Book, Bank Street College, 2019

-- *Mighty Girl Best Books Selection, 2018

-- *Best of the Best, Chicago Public Library, 2018

-- *Amelia Bloomer Project, 2019 List

-- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Starred Review, School Library Connection

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus


-- """Cape: The League of Secret Heroes, Book 1"""

-- *ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2020