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Monday, September 16, 2013

Katherine Applegate

Katherine Applegate won the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan. Katherine's dot is the real Ivan's fingerprint, borrowed from John Schumacher's copy of THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, made shortly before Ivan passed away.

Katherine's many books include the Roscoe Riley Rules chapter book series, the picture book The Buffalo Storm, and the award-winning novel Home of the Brave. With her husband, Michael Grant, she wrote the hugely popular series Animorphs, which has sold more than 35 million copies worldwide.

Katherine was inspired to write The One and Only Ivan after reading about the true story of a captive gorilla known as Ivan, the Shopping Mall Gorilla. The real Ivan lived alone in a tiny cage for twenty-seven years at a shopping mall before being moved to Zoo Atlanta after a public outcry.

Katherine lives in California with her husband and two children. Source

Read more about The One and Only Ivan and Katherine on this website.

Watch the book trailer for The One and Only Ivan

Watch Katherine at the 2013 Newbery- Caldecott-Wilder Banquet

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