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Kate Klise

Biography

Kate Klise

Kate Klise is an award-winning author of picture books and middle-grade novels, many illustrated by her sister, Sarah. Kate, who lives in Norwood, Missouri, spent fifteen years working as a correspondent for People magazine. She now leads writing workshops across the country for aspiring authors of all ages.

Kate Klise

Books by Kate Klise

Written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise. - Children's 7-10

Everyone has a secret. So says Sir Sidney, owner of the world’s best circus. But sometimes a little secret can become a big problem. That’s exactly what happens when Gert’s secret pen pal, a pig named Pablo, escapes from his farm and climbs on board Sir Sidney’s circus train to avoid being sold to Prinkle’s Pork Chops. It turns out Farmer Farley doesn’t want to sell Pablo, either, but if he doesn’t, he may lose his farm.

by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10

The members of Sir Sidney’s Circus look everywhere. They don’t know that tiny Bert has been carried away by a huge balloon. Meanwhile, far away, Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta is tired of being ignored. Her parents have no time for her as they prepare for a new baby, so Flora comes up with a plan to mail herself to her friends at the circus.

by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10, Supernatural Fiction

In the seventh and final installment of the popular 43 Old Cemetery Road series, twelve-year-old Seymour Hope has inherited a castle in Loch Ness, Scotland. It could be the perfect summer vacation spot for Seymour and his parents, Olive C. Spence and Ignatius B. Grumply. But Iggy wants nothing to do with the castle. Why? Because it was owned by his uncle Ian, a world-famous psychiatrist and the world’s worst punster. So Iggy stays home to write, and Seymour and Olive set off for Scotland --- each with a secret.

written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10
Sir Sidney’s Circus usually travels by train. But one day a letter arrives from Flora Endora Eliza LaBuena LaPasta inviting the circus aboard the SS Spaghetti, a floating palace of elegance and entertainment. Who could resist? One problem: Miss LaPasta does not want Barnabas Brambles to come aboard, because she has heard that he’s the meanest man alive. Sir Sidney, the nicest man alive, says that the entire circus will accept Miss LaPasta’s invitation, including Barnabas Brambles. But Leo the lion doesn’t like water. Elsa the elephant doesn’t know how to swim. Where will the Flying Banana Brothers put their trapeze? And hey, what’s that large object up ahead in the water?
Written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise. - Children's 7-10

Everyone knows Sir Sidney’s Circus is the best in the world. But who’s the star of the show? The Circus Times is having a contest to find out. Just thinking about it gives Sir Sidney a worrywart, and it’s quickly clear why. Soon after he goes off to rest, the performers start thinking too much about winning the trophy and not enough about putting on a good show. 
 

Meanwhile, it looks as if ringmaster-in-training Barnabas Brambles might need some help managing the crew, so Bert and Gert, the sly brother-and-sister mice who travel with the show, set out to write a book to teach him how it’s done.
 

by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10

When Sir Sidney, a kindly old circus owner, becomes too tired to travel with his show, he places a Help Wanted ad in the newspaper. Enter Barnabas Brambles: “I have a degree in lion taming from the University of Piccadilly Circus.” Brambles has big plans: More cities! More shows! No more free popcorn. Soon he’s made a big mess of Sir Sidney’s Circus, but Leo, Elsa, Bert, Gert, and the rest of the performers agree: The Show Must Go On!

written by Kate Klise with illustrations by M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10, Supernatural Fiction

The bestselling trio from Spence Mansion is launching a greeting card company called Greetings from the Graveyard. But what kind of card do you send to an ex-girlfriend who threatens to publish the love letters of Ignatius B. Grumply? And what do you send when the town of Ghastly is rocked by its first crime wave and two escaped convicts are on the loose? If you’re Olive C. Spence, you send for your old butler, T. Leeves, who arrives just in time for tea—and trouble!
 

written by Kate Klise with illustrations by M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10, Supernatural Fiction

The film producer Moe Block Busters wants to make the 43 Old Cemetery Road story into a movie --- and he promises it will be a sure-fire hit! Lured by the lights of Tinseltown, Ignatius B. Grumply, Olive C. Spence and Seymour Hope pack their suitcases. But when they arrive in Hollywood, Olive has a sure-fire fit when she discovers how quickly fame changes Iggy and Seymour. Even worse, Olive has been written out of the script! “Little old lady ghosts are so yesterday,” says Moe. “What America wants is a terrifying ghost named Evilo.” Well, if it’s Evilo they want, it’s Evilo they’ll get. And Olive knows just the femme fatale to help her scare Hollywood’s most despicable director half to death.

by Kate Klise - Family Life, Historical Fiction, Marriage, Relationships

Benny’s parents are splitting up. His mom leaves home and Benny’s dad who has always liked clutter, begins hoarding everything from pizza boxes to old motorcycle parts. Meanwhile, a local teacher enters their quiet Missouri town in America’s Most Charming Small Town contest, and the pressure is on to clean up the area, especially Benny’s ramshackle of a house, before the out-of-town guests arrive.

written by Kate Klise with illustrations by M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10, Supernatural Fiction

Ghastly’s post office is about to be replaced by a new invention called VEXT-mail, jeopardizing their connection with their fans. Could the mysterious occupant of P.O. Box 5 save the post office, or will he harm Ghastly’s famous ghostwriter instead? It’s up to Seymour Hope and his friend Wy Fye to solve this mystery, and fast!

written by Kate Klise with illustrations by M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10, Supernatural Fiction

When a dog arrives at Spence Mansion, Seymour is overjoyed. His adoptive parents, Ignatius B. Grumply and Olive C. Spence, are less enthusiastic --- especially when Secret, the dog, begins barking all night long. Is it possible Secret just misses his old companion, the late Noah Breth, whose children are fighting like cats and dogs over their father’s money? Or does Secret have a secret that, in the end, will make the entire town of Ghastly howl with delight?

written by Kate Klise with illustrations by M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10, Supernatural Fiction

The International Movement for the Safety & Protection Of Our Kids & Youth (IMSPOOKY) dictates that Seymour cannot live in the mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road “without the benefit of parents.” Ignatius B. Grumply tries to explain to Dick Tater, the head of IMSPOOKY, that he and Seymour are in a lovely living arrangement with the ghost of Olive C. Spence. Dick Tater is not convinced. But this clever trio can’t be broken up as easily as he imagines....

written by Kate Klise with illustrations by M. Sarah Klise - Children's 7-10, Supernatural Fiction

Ignatius B. Grumply moves into the Victorian mansion at 43 Old Cemetery Road hoping to find some peace and quiet so he can crack a wicked case of writer's block. But 43 Old Cemetery Road is already occupied by eleven-year-old Seymour, his cat Shadow, and an irritable ghost named Olive. It's hard to say who is more outraged. But a grumpy old ghost just might inspire this grumpy old man --- and the abandoned kid? Well, let's just say his last name's Hope.

written by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise