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 happen like 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 by and she’s still waiting to hear from the only college where she’s applied: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of control – and then, something occurs 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.

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Praise for Catalyst

“Intelligently written with multi-dimensional characters that replay in one’s mind, this complex, contemporary story carries much of the intensity and harshness of Speak.” Kirkus Reviews

“…is a deftly fashioned character study of a seldom explored subject in YA fiction: the type-A adolescent.”

“Anderson excels in conveying Kate’s anxieties and her concomitant insomnia, and frequently intersperses evidence of Kate’s sharp humor…” “…the universal obstacles she faces and the realistic outcome will likely hold readers’ attention.” Publishers Weekly

“An enforced friendship with a tough-girl incest survivor and her lisping baby brother/son challenges all of Kate’s assumptions and turns her world on its head. Written by the Printz Award-winning author of SPEAK, this title will be popular with older teens.” Audio File

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