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Kate Messner


Kate Messner

Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for kids have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. THE BRILLIANT FALL OF GIANNA Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate also spent 15 years teaching middle school and earned National Board Certification in 2006. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves spending time outside, whether it’s kayaking in the summer or skating on the frozen lake when the temperatures drop.

Kate Messner

Books by Kate Messner

by Kate Messner - Children's 10-14, Family, Fiction, Mystery, Prejudice , Racism

Nora Tucker is looking forward to summer vacation in Wolf Creek --- two months of swimming, popsicles and brushing up on her journalism skills for the school paper. But when two inmates break out of the town's maximum security prison, everything changes. Everyone is on edge, and fear brings out the worst in some people Nora has known her whole life. Even if the inmates are caught, she worries that home might never feel the same. BREAKOUT is a thrilling story that will leave readers thinking about who's really welcome in the places we call home.

by Kate Messner - Children's 8-12, Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fiction, Friendship, Science, Social Issues

Kirby "Zig" Zigonski lives for the world of simple circuits, light bulbs, buzzers and motors. Electronics are, after all, much more predictable than most people --- especially his father, who he hasn't seen in over a year. When his dad's latest visit is canceled with no explanation, Zig turns to his best friend Gianna and a new gizmo for help. Convinced that his dad is leaving clues around town to explain his absence, Zig sets out to find him. Following one clue after another, logging mile after mile, Zig soon discovers that people aren't always what they seem.

by Kate Messner - Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Fiction

In the mountains of rural Vermont, fall is a season of beauty and transformation...but not for Gianna Z. With less than one week to collect twenty-five leaves for a science project, her spot at cross-country sectionals is in serious peril. Plus with a dad who runs a funeral parlor out of the basement, a grandma who keeps losing her teeth and a rival trying to steal her spot on the team, Gee just wishes life could leave her alone to finish her project. But when Nonna disappears one afternoon, suddenly some things seem more important than projects and races.

Written by Kate Messner with illustrations by Christopher Silas Neal - Children's 5-8, Children's Nonfiction, Outdoor, Science

In this book, readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the pond is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, tadpoles growing. These and many other secrets are waiting to be discovered...over and under the pond.

by Kate Messner - Children's 8-12, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Charlie feels like she's always coming in last. From her Mom's new job to her sister's life away at college, everything else always seems to be more important than Charlie's upcoming dance competition or science project. Unsure of how to get her family's attention, Charlie comes across the surprise of her life one day while ice-fishing . . . in the form of a floppy, scaly fish offering to grant her a wish in exchange for its freedom. Charlie can't believe her luck until she realizes that this fish has a funny way of granting wishes, despite her best intentions.

written by Kate Messner, illustrated by Mark Siegel - Picture

Accomplished storytellers Kate Messner and Mark Siegel chronicle the process of becoming a reader: from pulling a book off the shelf and finding someone with whom to share a story, to reading aloud, predicting what will happen, and—finally—coming to The End. This picture book playfully and movingly illustrates the idea that the reader who discovers the love of reading finds, at the end, the beginning.

Written by Kate Messner with illustrations by Christopher Neal - Fiction, Garden, Outdoor

Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green --- leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world --- earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow --- populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.

by Kate Messner - Fiction, Young Adult 10+
Meet Quentin, Sarah, Ben, and Cat. The four have nothing in common except for the head injuries that land them in an elite brain-science center in the Florida Everglades. It's known as the best in the world, but as days pass, the kids begin to suspect that they are subjects in an experiment that goes far beyond treating concussions.
by Kate Messner - Youth Fiction

José, Anna and Henry are junior members of the secret Silver Jaguar Society. When they discover that the society's treasured Jaguar Cup has been replaced with a counterfeit, the trio rush to Costa Rica in search of the real chalice. But when the trail runs dry, new mysteries emerge: Is there a traitor in their midst? It will take more than they realize to recover the cup before it falls into the wrong hands.

by Kate Messner - Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

Anna, José and Henry are complete strangers with more in common than they realize. Snowed in together at a chaotic Washington, D.C. airport, they encounter several bizarre people. Even stranger, news stations everywhere have announced that the famous flag that inspired "The Star-Spangled Banner" has been stolen! Anna, certain that the culprits must be snowed in too, recruits Henry and José to help catch the thieves and bring them to justice.