Kathi Appelt




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Kathi Appelt

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About this author

Lives in College Station, TX with husband Ken and four adorable cats.

Two sons, both musicians.

Serves on the faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program.


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Several years ago, we were decorating our annual tree when I pulled out a box that was stored next to the ornaments. In it were our sons' baby shoes. Instead of neatly wrapping them back up, I decided that they needed a new life, and hung them on the tree.

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Published on December 20, 2011 09:45 • 197 views
Average rating: 3.87 · 12,150 ratings · 2,666 reviews · 41 distinct works · Similar authors
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October 2009, Kathi Appelt
" Quick Start SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words? KA: Full of music, cats, books . . . it's all good! SS: What is your motto or maxim? KA: Write like your fingers are on fire. What Readers want to know... SS: What’s your greatest fe..." ...More

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“Purring is not so different from praying. To a tree, a cat's purr is one of the purest of all prayers, for in it lies a whole mixture of gratitude and longing, the twin ingredients of every prayer.”
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath

“Like the sweet moon keeps the sky
Like the wind goin' whooshing by
When those ol' sunbeams break the day
I will keep you while you play
Just as ol' river keeps the fishes
And little stars keep silver wishes
Just as the ocean keeps the blue
I will stand here close to you.
When all around is dark and deep
When them ol' shadows slowly creep
Even when you're fast asleep
It's you I'll keep, it's you I'll keep
No need to cry, no need to fear
I will always be right here.
I will always be right here.”
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath

“It's a soft-sounding word, 'never,' but its velvety timbre can't hide its sharp edges...Never pressed down on him. It grabbed him by the neck and shook him. He sucked in a deep breath, sucked in all that never and started to sneeze. Never filled his nose, his eyes, his soaking fur.”
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath

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Sandra Kathi wrote: "Sandra wrote: "Thanks for friending me! I am such a huge fan of yours! I read The Underneath for my children's lit class and absolutely loved it!! I am going to be reading all of your books!! I fol..."

You're so kind, thank you! :) I'm new to Twitter and it's overwhelming for me at times. Sometimes I wish I could unplug, LOL! :)


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Kathi Sandra wrote: "Thanks for friending me! I am such a huge fan of yours! I read The Underneath for my children's lit class and absolutely loved it!! I am going to be reading all of your books!! I follow you on Twit..."

Sandra, thank you so much. I'm not a huge Twitterer, but it's nice to know that nice folks are out there.


Sandra Thanks for friending me! I am such a huge fan of yours! I read The Underneath for my children's lit class and absolutely loved it!! I am going to be reading all of your books!! I follow you on Twitter as well! :)


Lauren :D Your welcome!!! I want to read Keeper soooo bad!


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Kathi Lauren wrote: "I love The Underneath! It's one of my favorite books!"

Lauren, thank you so much.
xoK


Lauren :D I love The Underneath! It's one of my favorite books!


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