Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Recommended Grade Level: 9th - 12th
Anderson takes readers back to Merryweather High, the setting of her powerful novel, Speak, and introduces Kate Malone, science and math super-geek, cross country runner, and preacher's daughter. As the paperback summary states, Kate, an "emotional avoidance champion," organizes her life as "logically as the periodic table." But, life soon becomes too illogical, and Kate must start to confront her emotions.
I love Anderson's writing. I have been able to connect with every protagonist she has ever created. Once again, Anderson writes with a brutal honesty that may alarm some parents but is embraced by her intended audience. Whereas, Deadline is a male driven book, Catalyst is definitely a book for the girls.