Katherine Applegate

in Michigan, The United States
October 09, 1956




Katherine Applegate is the author of The One and Only Ivan, winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal. Her novel Crenshaw spent over twenty weeks on the New York Times children's bestseller list, and her first middle-grade stand-alone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists.

Katherine has written three picture books: The Buffalo Storm; The Remarkable True Story of Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla (often used as a companion book to The One and Only Ivan for younger readers); and Sometimes You Fly (publishing in spring, 2018). For beginning readers, Katherine wrote Roscoe Riley Rules, a seven-book series.

With her husband, Michael Grant, Katherine co-wrote

Average rating: 4.0 · 498,552 ratings · 39,827 reviews · 162 distinct worksSimilar authors
The One and Only Ivan

4.24 avg rating — 142,810 ratings — published 2012 — 68 editions
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4.30 avg rating — 24,028 ratings — published 2017 — 2 editions
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3.99 avg rating — 22,971 ratings — published 2015 — 50 editions
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Home of the Brave

4.26 avg rating — 9,705 ratings — published 2007 — 10 editions
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Beach Blondes: June Dreams ...

4.09 avg rating — 5,383 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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The One and Only Bob

4.30 avg rating — 7,594 ratings — published 2020 — 17 editions
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Search for Senna (Everworld...

3.80 avg rating — 5,140 ratings — published 1999 — 16 editions
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Land of Loss (Everworld, #2)

3.81 avg rating — 3,158 ratings — published 1999 — 16 editions
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Ivan: The Remarkable True S...

4.34 avg rating — 2,651 ratings — published 2014 — 9 editions
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Tan Lines: Sand, Surf, and ...

4.05 avg rating — 2,841 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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“Memories are precious ... they help tell us who we are.”
Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan

“Yes," he said. "You were strong. You were brave. You were good. You mattered.”
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“I like colorful tales with black beginnings and stormy middles and cloudless blue-sky endings. But any story will do.”
Katherine Applegate, The One and Only Ivan


What book should we read in October?

This is a coming-in-second-place poll. We will vote on all the books that came in second place throughout the year.

You may still write in titles, provided the book is a 2019 Newbery contender and already published.

  22 votes 31.0%

  15 votes 21.1%

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor (write-in)
  12 votes 16.9%

  8 votes 11.3%

  6 votes 8.5%

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth by Sheila O’Connor (write-in)
  3 votes 4.2%

Where the WAtermeons Grow (write-in)
  2 votes 2.8%

Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras (write-in)
  1 vote 1.4%

The truth as told by mason buttle (write-in)
  1 vote 1.4%

Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth (write-in)
  1 vote 1.4%

71 total votes

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