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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 change as suddenly as 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 down and she's still waiting to hear from the only college she applied to: MIT. Kate feels that her life is spinning out of her control-and then, something happens 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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Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all--or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions. Set in the same community as the remarkable "Speak, Catalyst" is a novel that will change the way readers look at the world.

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Another New York Times bestseller from Laurie Halse Anderson! High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn?t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father?s boss?s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy? and Tyler?s secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world.

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From the author of "Speak" comes a novel that confronts the conundrum of young adult life. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all--or so she thinks. Then things dramatically change.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak and of four other much acclaimed young adult novels she and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at writerlady.com.

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cookeallie, December 7, 2011 (view all comments by cookeallie)
"Catalyst", by Laurie Halse Anderson, did an amazing job at relating to an average high schooler's life. The book was interesting enough for me to read from start to finish and not lose my attention even once. I could never guess what was going to happen next."Catalyst" also did a well job at bringing every type of issue to the table, whether those issues being bullying, child abuse, academic stress, relationship and friend issues, and even death. I felt that every person that has a chance to read the book could greatly relate to it in one way, if not multiple ways. Before starting the book, I thought it would be based around a girl who wants to get into MIT, but after reading the first 100 pages, I realized the story would include much more than just that. I enjoyed how the author combined multiple peoples' different issues together, relating the characters all in ways that I never would have thought of until after reading. Unfortunately, like everything else in the novel, I was not expecting the ending. I had different expectations of the ending ,and I kept thinking that something different would happen. But to my dismay, nothing did. Although I didn't enjoy the ending, I thought "Catalyst" was a terrific book for high school students to read, or anyone for that matter.
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damarisfelix15, December 5, 2011 (view all comments by damarisfelix15)
Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson is an inspiring novel about a rivalry transforming into friendship. The novel was written in first person, and it included a person vs. self conflict when Kate, the narrator, struggled to believe that she was not accepted into her dream school, MIT. Kate Malone is a senior straight-A science and math geek and daughter of the local reverend.
Everybody knows Kate as the good girl, but sometimes she wishes she was a bad Kate. MIT was the only college Kate applied to, assured that she would be accepted. Before Kate received the letter from MIT, her neighbor’s house burned down, and her enemy, Teri Litch, moved into her house and took over her room. Teri and her brother, Mikey, took control of the house as if it was theirs.
Kate believed she would soon be out of the house, supposing that she would be accepted to MIT. To Kate’s disappointment, MIT had rejected her application. When Kate received the response letter from MIT and found out she had been rejected, she thought of herself as a failure who would not accomplish anything in life. Kate’s life twisted out of control. She learned to be around Teri and her brother, but she constantly asked her father when the Litch’s house would be built. Kate was tired of taking Teri wherever she wanted and decided to help her construct the new house with the intention of having Teri move out faster.
One night while family members, construction workers, and neighbors sat outside the nearly constructed house, Mikey disappeared into the house. Teri ran inside the house and found Mikey’s handprints on the wall next to a light switch. Everybody was devastated and Mikey’s electrocution brought Teri and Kate closer in their friendship.
I enjoyed Catalyst because it dealt with unpredictable situations such as Kate’s depression and denial over MIT which were unexpected and brought the book in anticipated suspense, beginning with Kate’s decision towards her life. Catalyst is a valuable book for others to read because the characters resolve their indifferences in a unique way. Overall, Catalyst is an appropriate book for high school students.
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JSD, December 2, 2011 (view all comments by JSD)
I felt that this was a great read for a high school student. The protagonist (Kate Malone) is a straight-A student who struggles with the world around her, meaning not everything working out as she had planned. Throughout nearly the entire book she has issues with a girl named Teri Litch. Teri moves in with Kate after a series of very unfortunate events happening. Kate’s life is spinning out of control, because not everything is happening as planned. Kate applied only to her dream school, MIT. She has almost dual personalities, as she is trying to be a good girl, get good grades, and remain sane. Her other side is bad, swears a lot, and doesn’t want to listen to anyone but herself. Kate slowly learns that throughout the book that not everything will happen perfectly, but will eventually work out. Kate’s dad, a pastor, tries often to talk to Kate about schooling, attitude, and just life in general. She tries not to listen to it, but ends up listening for her father’s sake. Teri Litch is somewhat of an outcast, being because she steals, hurts people, and doesn’t get along with just about anyone. Kate’s mom died when she and her brother were younger. Kate misses her mom, but isn’t depressed about it. Kate has a small peek into the life of Teri Litch, as she goes to her house to get the watch she stole from her. She was very surprised by what she saw. Teri has no dad, and her mom is old and can’t see very well. When Teri comes to live with Kate, Teri repeatedly uses her for rides and steals things from her. I would recommend this book to someone interested in a pretty good read. The reader learns from this that it is not always the little things that should get to you. I liked this book because of the lesson I learned. Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142400012
Author:
Anderson, Laurie Halse
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
derson, Laurie Halse
Author:
An
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A.
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
Death
Subject:
High schools
Subject:
Fathers and daughters
Subject:
Neighborliness
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
Boys / Men
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
98/17
Publication Date:
20030931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.50x5.44x.65 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12 up to AND UP

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Product details 240 pages Speak - English 9780142400012 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all--or so she thinks. Then, things change as suddenly as a string of chemical reactions. Set in the same community as the remarkable "Speak, Catalyst" is a novel that will change the way readers look at the world.
"Synopsis" by ,
Another New York Times bestseller from Laurie Halse Anderson! High school senior Tyler Miller used to be the kind of guy who faded into the background. But since he got busted for doing graffiti on the school, and spent the summer doing outdoor work to pay for it, he stands out like you wouldn?t believe. His new physique attracts the attention of queen bee Bethany Milbury, who just so happens to be his father?s boss?s daughter, the sister of his biggest enemy? and Tyler?s secret crush. And that sets off a string of events and changes that have Tyler questioning his place in school, in his family, and in the world.

"Synopsis" by , From the author of "Speak" comes a novel that confronts the conundrum of young adult life. Kate manages her life by organizing it as logically as the periodic table. She can handle it all--or so she thinks. Then things dramatically change.

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