Featured books by Katherine Applegate

Crenshaw

Crenshaw

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Jackson and his family have fallen on hard times. There's no more money for rent. And not much for food, either. His parents, his little sister, and their dog may have to live in their minivan, again. Crenshaw is a cat. He's large, he's outspoken, and he's imaginary. He has come back into Jackson's life to help him.

Endling

Endling

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true.

Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Poetry

This novel, written in free verse, tells the story of Kek, an eleven-year-old boy from the Sudan who arrives as a refugee to Minnesota in the middle of winter. In moments both amusing and heartbreaking, it is possible to see through Kek's eyes what it is like for new immigrants who come to this country and to think about the scars that war leaves on its youngest victims. Teacher's Guide available.

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla

By: Katherine Applegate
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

Ivan lived like a human until he began to grow into a silverback gorilla. He was just an infant when captured by poachers in his native country in Africa and was in captivity for over half his life. Using spare text and evocative illustrations, Ivan's story comes into focus for younger readers. Those interested in Ivan's story will learn more from the back matter and may be interested in reading Applegate's Newbery Medal winning The One and Only Ivan (Harper).

Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs

Roscoe Riley Rules #1: Never Glue Your Friends to Chairs

By: Katherine Applegate
Illustrated by: Brian Biggs
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

When his classmates can’t sit still for a big performance at school, Roscoe Riley takes matters into his own hands with a liberal dose of Super-Mega-Gonzo Glue. Roscoe doesn’t mean to break the rules — he just can’t help himself! 

The One and Only Bob

The One and Only Bob

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

He’s small, a bit rough around the edges but he’s got a big heart and big friends. Meet Bob of dubious heritage; “…some Chihuahua, with a smidgen of Papillon…”  His best friends are a gorilla named Ivan, a small elephant named Ruby, and a girl named Julia. The sequel to the Newbery-winning book, The One and Only Ivan, this new story can stand alone with its unique verve and charm. Spot illustrations and a glossary of dog terms add humor and emotion.

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction

Ivan lives in a "domain" at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. In evocative language and gentle illustrations Ivan's story unfolds through his touching, taut, yet hopeful narration. It's a chronicle of friendship, loyalty, and the power of art. (2013 Newbery Medal Winner)

Wishtree

Wishtree

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

This tale is told by a tree named Red, a red oak who is "two hundred and sixteen rings old." Touching on bigotry and the environment, Applegate keeps the emphasis on her characters, the many animals and birds who find shelter in the tree's branches all year round.

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