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Catalyst

(2001)
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Chemistry honors student and cross-country runner Kate Malone is driven. Daughter of a father who is a reverend first and a parent second ("Rev. Dad [Version 4.7] is a faulty operating system, incompatible with my software.") and a dead mother she tries not to remember, Kate has one goal: To escape them both by gaining entrance to her own holy temple, MIT. Eschewing sleep, she runs endlessly every night waiting for the sacred college acceptance letter. Then two disasters occur: Sullen classmate Teri and her younger brother, Mikey, take over Kate's room when their own house burns down, and a too-thin letter comes from MIT, signifying denial. And so the experiment begins. Can crude Teri and sweet Mikey, combined with the rejection letter, form the catalyst that will shake Kate out of her selfish tunnel vision and force her to deal with the suppressed pain of her mom's death? "If I could run all the time, life would be fine. As long as I keep moving, I'm in control." But for Kate, it's time to stop running and face the feelings she's spent her whole life racing away from.

Catalyst, Laurie Halse Anderson's third novel for teens, is a deftly fashioned character study of a seldom explored subject in YA fiction: the type-A adolescent. Teens will identify (if not exactly sympathize) with prickly Kate instantly, and be shocked or perhaps secretly pleased to discover that life is no easier for the honor roll student than it is for the outcast. Anderson earns an A plus for this revealing and realistic take on life, death, and GPAs. (Ages 12 and older) --Jennifer Hubert

 
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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : USA Library Binding
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 1-4352-8718-5 / 978-1-4352-8718-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-22
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January 2003 : USA Turtleback
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-606-28495-8 / 978-0-606-28495-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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September 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-670-03566-1 / 978-0-670-03566-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
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January 2001 : USA Library Binding
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-7569-1532-5 / 978-0-7569-1532-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Perfection Learning
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Paperback Editions

August 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 1-4071-3858-8 / 978-1-4071-3858-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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September 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-14-240001-7 / 978-0-14-240001-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Speak
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March 2003 : UK Paperback
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-340-85464-2 / 978-0-340-85464-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
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Audio Editions

October 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-8072-0939-2 / 978-0-8072-0939-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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August 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-8072-0940-6 / 978-0-8072-0940-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library
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2002 : USA Audio CD
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
ISBN: 0-7393-5113-3 / 978-0-7393-5113-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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Kindle Editions

August 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Catalyst (0)
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Scholastic Fiction
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September 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Catalyst
Author(s): Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Speak
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