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Kathi Appelt

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Born
in Fayetteville, NC, The United States
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Mary Oliver, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost

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April 2008


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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I want to tell you a small part of my experience of writing Angel Thieves. To a certain extent, all of my books feel a bit slippery as they come into being, but this one was like trying to walk a dozen cats on the ends of a dozen leashes. The various story lines kept
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Maybe a Fox

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Keeper

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Counting Crows

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Mogie: The Heart of the House

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When Otis Courted Mama

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" Thanks Elizabeth. Both of my cousins graduated from South Houston High School. And I spent my ninth grade year at Sam Rayburn.

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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

“Humans are designed to be with other humans, even those with mixed blood. They need each other's laughter. They require each other's sorrows.”
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

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What book should we read in August?

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library (write-in)
 
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P.S. Be Eleven
 
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parched (write-in)
 
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The true. Blue scouts of sugar man swamp (write-in)
 
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Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass (write-in)
 
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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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