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Applegate, K A

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1956-    ) US author of sf and fantasy for children, almost exclusively through the medium of three extended series, which include some inbuilt sub-series. She is best-known for the Animorphs sequence, beginning with Animorphs: The Invasion (1996) and ending with Animorphs: The Beginning (2001), featuring the exploits of a group of adolescent children who use their Shapeshifter powers, which have been given them in sf-like fashion by an unknown Extraterrestrial Technology, to oppose an invasion of parasitic slug-like Aliens known as the Yeerks. Applegate's husband Michael Grant is an uncredited collaborator on the Animorphs books. Various subseries and prequel series were spun off from the main sequence [se Checklist below].

Her second series, the Everworld sequence beginning with Everworld: Search for Senna (1999) and closing with Everworld: Entertain the End (2001), is fantasy. Her third series, the Remnants sequence beginning with Remnants 1: The Mayflower Project (2001) and ending with Remnants 14: Begin Again (2003), places its crew of adolescent children, who are among the 80 survivors, in a space shuttle after an asteroid strikes Earth (see Disaster; Post-Holocaust); the shuttle is picked up by a great World Ship called Mother, home to various waif species, where their adventures, which are often grim, move towards a resolution when an entity or energy fount known as the Source will judge and/or redirect the living.

Applegate's first singleton, The One and Only Ivan (2012) as Katherine Applegate, is a strong Apes as Human tale narrated by a gorilla trapped in a Zoo; the tale is based on a true story. Later standalones are fantasy for younger readers [see Checklist below]. [JC]

Katherine Alice Applegate

born Michigan: 19 July 1956




Animorphs: Megamorphs

Animorphs: The Andalite Chronicles

Animorph Chronicles

Animorphs: Alternamorphs



individual titles

  • The One and Only Ivan (New York: HarperCollins, 2012) as Katherine Applegate [hb/]
  • Crenshaw (New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2015) as Katherine Applegate [hb/]
  • Wishtree (New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2017) as Katherine Applegate [hb/]
  • Willodeen (New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2021) as Katherine Applegate [hb/]


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