Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: Beth Kincaid, AR Plumb, Pat Pollari, LE Blair, Katherine Kendall, KA Applegate


Born: 1956 in Michigan


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 settled in Southern California.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Home of the Brave''''' -- *Best New Children's Book Series Award, Publishers Weekly, 1997

-- *Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction, SCBWI, 2008

-- *Josette Frank Award, Bank Street, 2008

-- *Honor Book, Judy Lopez Memorial Award

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal


-- '''''The One and Only Ivan'''''

-- *Winner, Newberry Medal, 2013

-- *Winner, Christopher Medal, 2012

-- *Gold Medal in Juvenile Literature, California Book Award, 2012

-- *Crystal Kite Award Winner, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, 2013

-- * #1 Bestseller, New York Times

-- * #1 Bestseller, Indie

-- *Book of the Month Pick, Amazon

-- *Bestseller, USA Today

-- *Notable Book, ALA

-- *Best of Children's Books, School Library Journal, 2012

-- *Top Ten Pick for Winter, Kid's Indie Next List, 2011-2012

-- *Best of Children's Books, Kirkus, 2012

-- *Best Books of the Year, Middle Grade, Amazon, 2012

-- *Best Children's Book, Amazon, 2012

-- *Best of the Best, Chicago Public Library, 2012

-- *100 Titles for Reading and Sharing Pick, New York Public Library, 2012

-- *Shortlisted, Middle Grade Fantasy, Cybils(Children's and Young Adult Bloggers Literary Awards), 2012

-- *Best Children's Book of the Year, Bank Street College of Education, 2013

-- *Master List, Texas Bluebonnet Award, 2013-14

-- *Gold Medal in Juvenile Literature, 82nd Annual California Books Award

-- *Nerdies Book Award, Middle Grade Fiction, 2012

-- *Starred Review, Kirkus

-- *Starred Review, School Library Journal

-- *Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children´┐Żs Books

-- *Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards Shortlist, 2012 Middle Grade Fantasy

-- *Readers Choice Masterlist Selection, Virginia

-- *Nerdies Book Award, Middle Grade Fiction, 2012

-- *Best-of-the-Year List, Cooperative Children's Book Center, 2013

-- *Backseat Book Club Must-Read for Kids 9-14, NPR