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 standalone novel, the award-winning Home of the Brave, continues to be included on state reading lists, summer reading lists, and class reading lists. She lives with her husband, the author Michael Grant, who she co-wrote the Animorphs series with, and their two children in Northern California.
Applegate effortlessly constructs her fantasy world, briskly moving readers through its imaginative details while creating winning, unique characters... A bracing, propulsive read that will be a challenge to keep on the shelf. * Booklist (starred review) * A sweeping fantasy epic for the middle grade set that will have readers clamouring for a follow-up -- starred review * School Library Journal * The gripping first instalment of Applegate's new fantasy trilogy assembles a motley crew in a suspenseful, tautly drawn quest. * Publishers Weekly (starred review) * Applegate skillfully builds a fully realized world of intrigue and wonder without ever letting up on the story's quick pace. A savvy choice for readers of fantasy. * Kirkus Reviews (starred review) * Readers will fall in love with Byx and race with her through Nedarra, breathless and eager, thinking deeply all the way * New York Times *