Catalyst

By Anderson, Laurie Halse

Publishers Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Kate, who sometimes chafes at being a preacher's daughter, finds herself losing control in her senior year as she faces difficult neighbors, the possibility that she may not be accepted by the college of her choice, and an unexpected death.

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ISBN
978-0-67003-566-3
Publisher
Viking


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2002

Gr 10-Up Kate Malone is a high school senior, an AP chemistry student, and a runner. She does her best running at night, when she outruns ghosts and can soar in the comfort of anonymity. Since her mother's death, she has taken care of her father (a minister) and her brother. She is waiting for acceptance to MIT, her mother's alma mater, and feels that her very life depends on it. Teri Litch, a typical school bully, punches her way through most situations and is filled ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2002

An unlikely friendship as a catalyst for change is a common element of adolescent literature, but Anderson's take on human relations succeeds through her fresh writing and exceptional characterization. High-school senior Kate is a self-described science geek, an outstanding student who also runs the house for her minister father and cares for her asthmatic younger brother. She has friends, rivals, a boyfriend, and one supreme ambition—to get into MIT. Kate is near the edge at admissions time, running miles or ironing laundry at night instead of sleeping—a "super Kate, the über-Kate," poised to colla...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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