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Kathi Appelt

USA (1954 - )

Chloe Walsh was born and raised in West Cork, Ireland. From a young age she became engrossed in the world of books, devouring work from authors like Bernadette Leach, Claire Hennessy & Enid Blyton.

As a teenager, Chloe excelled in most subjects at school and shone on a football pitch, yet socialising proved difficult - she has suffered all her life from depression, acute social agoraphobia and OCD.

Plagued with mental health issues as a young teenager, Chloe relied heavily on her flair for writing as her own personal form of therapy when she was unable to interact with the outside world. She wrote vividly and passionately in her bid to relieve her festering anxiety. She wrote about a world she was unable to interact with.

With the support of the tremendous teaching staff at St Brogan's College, even though she was unable to attend school on a regular basis, Chloe was able to sit her Junior Certificate in 2005 and six years later - at the ripe 'old' age of 21 - her Leaving Certificate.

College, even though Chloe was certainly bright enough to attend, was neither an achievable nor a realistic goal for Chloe - though she futilely tried to make it work.
Inevitably, because of her illness, Chloe had to reluctantly let go of her dream of attending university and instead took several long distance correspondence courses - in psychology, childcare and counselling - where she learned on her own.
Non fiction
Newbery Medal Best Novel nominee (2009) : The Underneath

Kathi Appelt recommends
The Amaranth Enchantment
The Amaranth Enchantment (2009)
Julie Berry
"A gripping young heroine, fiesty and hearty too."

Lucky for Good (2011)
(Lucky , book 3)
Susan Patron
"Susan Patron writes honest and true, and this, her final Lucky, feels truest of all. I loved it!"

Parched (2013)
Melanie Crowder
"Brutally beautiful, this is a story of courage and heart."

The Meaning of Maggie (2014)
(Maggie Meatloaf, book 1)
Megan Jean Sovern
"Maggie is a joy to behold."

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