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Catalyst

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak | September 16, 2003 | Trade Paperback

Catalyst is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 5.
Meet Kate Malone-straight-A science and math geek, minister''s daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell "Early Decision Harvard" Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions; first, the Malones'' neighbors get burned out of their own home and move in. Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri''s little brother. The days are ticking down and she''s still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control-and then, something happens that truly blows it all apart. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will change the way you look at the world.

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 16, 2003

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142400017

ISBN - 13: 9780142400012

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely moved me to tears This novel did change the way I looked at the world. It was very moving. It showed good, bad, evil and indifference and how it affects the lives of everyone around.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great wow I'm so glad that I read Catalyst after my slight disappointment in Prom because it completely restored my faith in Laurie Halse Anderson as an author practically after my own heart. Even though I'm much older than the main character I can completely identify with her college situation. I only applied for two. One I knew was a sure thing and that was my back up and one I wanted to get into. But if I'd gotten rejected from both? I would have had nothing. I still haven't learned my lesson about reading books that make me cry at work. And I don't think I'll ever learn that lesson. But Catalyst made me cry. It was that it was so *believable* and real that really got to me. Highly recommend this.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing unforseen turn of events in peoples lifes and eyes This is an early teens book, however there is a very powerful message within this book that holds true at any age. A young girl's worl is turned upside down by unforseen circumstances that are out of her control and she must learn to work through and with them on her own because she soon realizes that plans do change and sometimes for the better even though one may wish that they don't. An unlucky friendship develops out of the turn of events to change the main character whole character and her outlook on life. Through this friendship both characters find out things about each other and themselves that they never would have discovered. I highly recommend this book for anyone, it changes ones life and outlook on life and others around them. As you never really know a person till you get underneath their skin. It is a life altering book with may twists, turns and surprises which keep you guessing and wanting more. You will not be able to put down this book. Very well written and also an easy read. A very good novel to give to your children to make them understand and realize just how different other people can be behind closed doors, as nothing is ever as it seems.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Adapting to Change Kate Malone is the minister's daughter and an ideal student. She has straight a's and is athletic. She is in her last year of school and only has one thing on her mind, MIT. But when her enemy Teri Litch and her little brother's house burned down, Teri and Kate are forced to share a room together. Teri shows Kate a whole new side to life, a side that Kate has never faced in her whole life. Just when things started to get worse between Kate and Teri, something unexpected happens that brings them closer.
Date published: 2013-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME BOOK!!! I first read Speak, and I really enjoyed it. I then found Catalyst and decided to read it. It was amazing! I was totally enthralled, and I spent an entire night reading the book. I was unable to put it down. It was sadder than i thought it would be, but it was great. READ IT!!!!!
Date published: 2013-10-28

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Catalyst

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback

Published: September 16, 2003

Publisher: Speak

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0142400017

ISBN - 13: 9780142400012

From the Publisher

Meet Kate Malone-straight-A science and math geek, minister''s daughter, ace long-distance runner, new girlfriend (to Mitchell "Early Decision Harvard" Pangborn III), unwilling family caretaker, and emotional avoidance champion. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all-or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions; first, the Malones'' neighbors get burned out of their own home and move in. Kate has to share her room with her nemesis, Teri Litch, and Teri''s little brother. The days are ticking down and she''s still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control-and then, something happens that truly blows it all apart. Set in the same community as the remarkable Speak, Catalyst is a novel that will change the way you look at the world.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

Editorial Reviews

"Anderson returns here to the same high school setting of Speak (now-verbal Melinda makes a cameo appearance); readers will return for Anderson''s keen understanding and eminently readable style."

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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