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K. A. Applegate

Author of The One and Only Ivan

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About the Author

Katherine Applegate was born in Michigan on July 19, 1956. She writes science fiction, young adult romances, and pop-up books. She is the author of the Making Waves, Making Out, and Roscoe Riley Rules series. She writes the Animorphs, Everworld, and Remnants series under the pen name K. A. show more Applegate. She also writes under the pen names of C. Archer, Catherine Kendall and Elizabeth Benning. She has received numerous awards including a Golden Duck Award (Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades) for The Message in 1997, the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction and the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award for Home of the Brave, and the 2013 Newbery Medal and the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award (Illinois) for The One and Only Ivan. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by K. A. Applegate

The One and Only Ivan (2012) 7,913 copies
The Invasion (1996) 2,039 copies
Crenshaw (2015) 1,836 copies
Wishtree (2017) 1,594 copies
The Visitor (1996) 1,488 copies
The Encounter (1996) 1,362 copies
The Message (1996) 1,286 copies
Home of the Brave (2007) 1,148 copies
The Predator (1996) 1,101 copies
The Capture (1997) 1,070 copies
The One and Only Bob (2020) 1,062 copies
The Stranger (1997) 998 copies
The Alien (1997) 897 copies
The Secret (1997) 878 copies
The Change (1997) 856 copies
The Android (1997) 851 copies
The Threat (1998) 822 copies
The Pretender (1998) 814 copies
The Reaction (1997) 814 copies
The Forgotten (1997) 812 copies
Search for Senna (1999) 811 copies
The Unknown (1998) 793 copies
The Warning (1998) 791 copies
The Andaliteʼs Gift (1997) 788 copies
The Hork-Bajir Chronicles (1998) 766 copies
The Underground (1998) 753 copies
The Solution (1998) 752 copies
The Decision (1998) 746 copies
The Escape (1998) 738 copies
The Andalite Chronicles (1997) 728 copies
The Discovery (1998) 697 copies
The Exposed (1999) 697 copies
The Departure (1998) 692 copies
The Suspicion (1998) 692 copies
The Extreme (1999) 685 copies
The Attack (1999) 662 copies
The Sickness (1999) 625 copies
Endling #1: The Last (2018) 624 copies
The Illusion (1999) 612 copies
The Mutation (1999) 606 copies
Eve and Adam (2012) 600 copies
The Reunion (1999) 592 copies
The Weakness (2000) 583 copies
The Experiment (1999) 570 copies
Land of Loss (1999) 567 copies
The Conspiracy (1999) 565 copies
The Separation (1999) 554 copies
The Prophecy (1999) 538 copies
Enter the Enchanted (1999) 532 copies
The Proposal (1999) 526 copies
Elfangor's Secret (1999) 517 copies
The Mayflower Project (2001) 471 copies
Visser (1999) — Author — 467 copies
The Beginning (2001) 462 copies
Realm of the Reaper (1999) 458 copies
The Arrival (2000) 455 copies
Discover the Destroyer (2000) 446 copies
The Ellimist Chronicles (2000) 429 copies
The Revelation (2000) 414 copies
The Familiar (2000) 406 copies
The First Journey (1999) 389 copies
The Other (2000) 387 copies
Brave the Betrayal (2000) 381 copies
The Hidden (2000) 379 copies
Fear the Fantastic (2000) 374 copies
Back To Before (2000) 373 copies
Gateway to the Gods (2000) 369 copies
The Test (2000) 365 copies
The Sacrifice (2001) 353 copies
The Journey (2000) 347 copies
The Unexpected (2000) 346 copies
Understand the Unknown (2000) 340 copies
The Answer (2001) 339 copies
Mystify the Magician (2000) 330 copies
The Deception (2000) 330 copies
The Return (2000) 328 copies
Inside the Illusion (2000) 326 copies
Entertain the End (2001) 322 copies
The Diversion (2001) 318 copies
The Resistance (2000) 316 copies
The Ultimate (2001) 311 copies
The Absolute (2001) 280 copies
Odder (2022) 261 copies
Willodeen (2021) 231 copies
Endling #2: The First (2019) 208 copies
The One and Only Ruby (2023) 203 copies
Destination Unknown (2001) 192 copies
Them (2001) 187 copies
The Next Passage (2000) 180 copies
Mutation (2002) 161 copies
Nowhere Land (2001) 154 copies
Sharing Sam (2004) — Author — 131 copies
Elfangorʼs Journey (1997) 119 copies
Breakdown (2002) 119 copies
The Buffalo Storm (2007) 111 copies
Endling #3: The Only (2021) 110 copies
Welcome to Junior High! (1990) 108 copies
Isolation (1896) 101 copies
No Place Like Home (2002) 96 copies
Lost and Found (2003) 92 copies
Mother, May I? (2002) 91 copies
Zoey Fools Around (1994) 88 copies
Aftermath (2003) 84 copies
Face-Off! (Girl Talk) (1990) 84 copies
The New You (1990) 83 copies
Dream Storm (2003) 80 copies
Spring Break (1996) 80 copies
Survival (2003) 75 copies
Sometimes You Fly (2018) 69 copies
Begin Again (2003) 68 copies
An Alien Dies (1997) 67 copies
Claire Gets Caught (1994) 66 copies
Doggo and Pupper (2021) 65 copies
Jake Finds Out (1994) 65 copies
Ben's in Love (1994) 62 copies
Dogtown (2023) 62 copies
Nina Won't Tell (1994) 58 copies
The Ghost of Eagle Mountain (1990) 55 copies
Lucas Gets Hurt (1994) 51 copies
It's All in the Stars (1990) 51 copies
What Zoey Saw (1994) 51 copies
Rebel, Rebel (1994) 50 copies
Ben Takes a Chance (1996) 50 copies
Don't Tell Zoey (1996) 44 copies
Aisha Goes Wild (1994) 43 copies
Who Loves Kate? (1996) 43 copies
Claire Can't Lose (1996) 42 copies
Zoey Plays Games (1996) 42 copies
Nina Shapes Up (1996) 40 copies
Odd Couple (1990) 40 copies
Aaron Lets Go (1996) 39 copies
Stealing the Show (1990) 38 copies
Peer Pressure (1990) 38 copies
Lara Gets Even (1996) 35 copies
Two-Timing Aisha (1996) 34 copies
Falling in Like (1990) 33 copies
Everworld Books I & II (2004) 33 copies
Never Trust Lara (1997) 33 copies
Trouble With Aaron (1997) 32 copies
Zoey Speaks Out (1996) 30 copies
Kate Finds Love (1997) 30 copies
June Dreams (1995) 29 copies
Mixed Feelings (1994) 29 copies
Always Loving Zoey (1997) 28 copies
Animorph. Megamorphs v. 1-4 (2015) 27 copies
Falling for Claire (1998) 26 copies
Lara Gets Lucky (1967) 25 copies
Zoey's Broken Heart (1998) 25 copies
Making Waves (2001) 25 copies
Zoey Comes Home (1998) 24 copies
Now Zoey's Alone (1997) 24 copies
Earth Alert! (1994) 24 copies
Please Don't Go (1993) 24 copies
Beauty Queens (1993) 24 copies
Horse Fever (1991) 24 copies
Drummer Girl (1994) 23 copies
The Winning Team (1991) 23 copies
Don't Forget Lara (1998) 23 copies
Rockin' Class Trip (1992) 23 copies
House Party (1992) 22 copies
On the Air (1991) 22 copies
Katie's Close Call (1992) 20 copies
Here Comes the Bride (1994) 20 copies
Bonfire (1994) 20 copies
Cousins (1992) 19 copies
Problem Dad (1993) 19 copies
Randy's Big Dream (1992) 19 copies
Sabrina and Too Many Boys (1992) 18 copies
Keeping the Beat (1991) 18 copies
Swept Away (1995) 18 copies
Family Rules (1757) 18 copies
Reunion (1994) 18 copies
The Bookshop Mystery (1992) 18 copies
Perfect Match (1992) 17 copies
Allison, Shape Up! (1993) 17 copies
Baby Talk (1992) 17 copies
Fireworks (1993) 17 copies
July's Promise (1995) 17 copies
It's a Scream! (1992) 16 copies
Ocean City (1993) 16 copies
Family Affair (1991) 16 copies
Star Quality (1991) 16 copies
Sand, Surf and Secrets (1996) 16 copies
August Magic (1995) 16 copies
Girl Talk Center Stage (1992) 16 copies
Shipwrecked (1995) 16 copies
Randy and the Perfect Boy (1992) 16 copies
The One and Only Family (2024) 16 copies
Forever (1995) 16 copies
Beach Party (1995) 15 copies
Sabrina Wins Big! (1993) 15 copies
Rays, Romance and Rivalry (1996) 15 copies
Beaches, Boys and Betrayal (1996) 14 copies
Tease (1993) 14 copies
Heat Wave (1994) 14 copies
Love Shack (1993) 14 copies
Boardwalk (Ocean City) (1993) 14 copies
Randy's Big Chance (1992) 14 copies
Listen to My Heart (1996) 13 copies
Thrill (1993) 12 copies
The Everworld Series (2000) 11 copies
Sweet (1993) 11 copies
First and Forever (1991) 8 copies
Animorphs (series) (2000) 7 copies
Summer Can't Choose (1996) 6 copies
Life Without Alice (1993) 6 copies
Heat (1994) 6 copies
Dying to Eat (Day by Day) (1992) 6 copies
The Dying of the Light (1993) 5 copies
Seth Wants More (1996) 4 copies
Crenshaw Chapter Sampler (2015) 4 copies
Midas Touch (1988) 4 copies
Animorphs: the encounter (2011) 4 copies
My Sister's Boyfriend (1992) 3 copies
The Unbelievable Truth (1992) 3 copies
The Splat in the Hat (1997) 2 copies
David (1994) 2 copies
Sharon reitet wieder, 1 (1999) 2 copies
Le domaine de la peur (2001) 2 copies
Freshman Dorm #01 (1994) 2 copies
Escape (So Weird) (2000) 2 copies
Soovipuu (2019) 2 copies
In de val gelokt (2001) 1 copy
Vinne! (1996) 1 copy
Unimyrsky (2004) 1 copy
Preskot (2021) 1 copy
Nel regno di Hel (2001) 1 copy
White Fang 1 copy
Il mago (2001) 1 copy
Un mondo impossibile (2001) 1 copy
Hylätyt (2005) 1 copy
Ever World 1 copy
Overwonnen (2021) 1 copy
De muil van de wolf (2001) 1 copy
Ei maata näkyvissä (2002) 1 copy
Uuteen maailmaan (2006) 1 copy
Mutaatio (2002) 1 copy
Ristitulessa (2003) 1 copy
Jako kahteen (2003) 1 copy
Kolmen kopla (2006) 1 copy
Den fantastiska Ivan (2019) 1 copy
Przesłanie (2001) 1 copy
The invasion 1 copy

Associated Works

White Fang (1906) — Introduction, some editions — 12,150 copies
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contributor — 279 copies
The One and Only Ivan [2020 film] — Original book — 3 copies

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Common Knowledge

Legal name
Applegate, Katherine Alice
Other names
Applegate, Katherine
Archer, C.
Benning, Elizabeth
Blair, L.E.
Kendall, Katherine
Kincaid, Beth (show all 11)
Michaels, Katherine
Plumb, A.R.
Pollari, Pat
Stephens, Nicholas
Young, Alida E
Birthdate
1956-07-19
Gender
female
Nationality
USA (birth)
Birthplace
Michigan, USA
Places of residence
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Michigan, USA
Texas, USA
Florida, USA
Irvine, California, USA
Minnesota, USA (show all 8)
Illinois, USA
Pelago, Italy
Relationships
Grant, Michael (husband) (4)
Short biography
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 Animorphs, a long-running series that has sold over 35 million books worldwide.

Katherine lives in Marin County, California, with her family and assorted pets.

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As gorillas Ivan and Kinyani prepare to be parents, Ivan faces conflicting feelings about the safety of the zoo ("the park") and his memories of the wild. When the twins are born and as they grow, their family is the subject of a documentary, which ultimately becomes the vehicle by which the twins learn of Ivan's past in the roadside mall circus. Elephant Ruby and dog Bob play supporting roles.

Here, there is no dramatic rescue, no violent storm, no tragic backstory that readers don't already know; Ivan may be a gorilla but he is an adult main character, rare in children's fiction, wrestling with adult questions. A fitting end to the quartet.

Quotes

It's interesting.
The older I get, the more miracles I seem to notice. (12)

We all learn from example. But what if there is no example to follow? (16)

It's a special kid of joy, feeling happy for a friend. (62)

You'd think the missing would end. But it doesn't. It just softens around the edges. (77)

Sometimes when the world gets stormy, the sameness of everyday life can feel like a life raft. (92)

One thing I've noticed about caring for little ones: you've got to get used to having wildly different feelings at the same time. (165)

Stories, it seems to me, are living things. Once you set them free, they're like offspring. They have destinies of their own. (178)

It was like everything in their lives. In our lives. A compromise between being free and being captive. (221)

I look at Kinyani and Raji and Tuma and I'm filled with worry and love.
I look at the humans in my life and I'm filled with fear and gratitude. (254)

From the Afterword:
Stories help us ready ourselves. For joy, for sorrow, for growth. They teach us empathy. They let us practice being better humans. (258)

...That's why I believe books for young readers should always end on an optimistic note. Children, after all, are un unwavering source of hope for adults.
The least we can do, it seems to me, is return the favor. (259)
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JennyArch | 1 other review | May 13, 2024 |
First sentence: I am Ivan. I'm about to become a dad. I'm hoping it's as easy as it looks.

Premise/plot: The One and Only Ivan is the fourth book in Katherine Applegate's series. Previous titles--as I'm sure many know--include The One and Only Ivan, The One and Only Bob, and The One and Only Ruby. Ivan and his gorilla partner, Kinyani, are going to be parents. This book--written in verse--chronicles Ivan's adventures/misadventures as a dad as "Big Daddy."

My thoughts: I LOVED this one. Is it for kids? Maybe. Maybe not. Is it for adults who read children's books? Almost definitely. Perhaps not exclusively. But The One and Only Ivan has been published for over ten years. He is such a memorable character that readers of all ages may want to read this one. The Ivan books (and sequels) have a timeless feel to them. This one gets VERY reflective and philosophical. I think adults will almost definitely connect with the narration. The writing just resonates at times. So many places I ended up highlighting. I am so glad I read this one.

Quotes:

Look at a gorilla infant's hand. Or a human baby's hand, if you don't happen to have access to a newborn gorilla. Which I suppose is quite likely. How could anything possibly be so small and so perfect? Now extend a finger, the way I am doing, the way every father since the beginning of time has done, and watch the way that tiny hand grabs hold as if it means the difference between life and death. Because perhaps it does. My son is holding on to me. Maybe it is not because of love, or need, or purpose. Maybe the movement is ingrained in a way we can't begin to understand. Perhaps babies hold on to fingers because they must. And perhaps that's all we need to know.

I have my story. The twins will have theirs. Stories, it seems to me, are living things. Once you set them free, they're like offspring. They have destinies of their own. They're no longer your responsibility. They belong to the world.
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blbooks | 1 other review | May 8, 2024 |
"The One and Only Ivan" is a touching and thought-provoking tale that will inspire readers to think about the treatment of animals and the importance of empathy and compassion.
 
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alexablocker | 390 other reviews | Apr 29, 2024 |
Going back and reading the first book in the series after you have read the second and third was great. Everything that happens in this book just hits differently after you have read Bob and Ruby's perspectives and it makes it even better than the first time.
Looking forward to reading The One and Only Family when it is released May 7, 2024.
 
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Shauna_Morrison | 390 other reviews | Apr 28, 2024 |

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Rating
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