Katherine Applegate was born in Michigan on July 19, 1956. Her works include science fiction, young adult romances, and pop-up books. She writes the Making Waves, Making Out, and Roscoe Riley Rules series. She writes the Animorphs, Everworld, and Remnants series under the pen name K. A. Applegate. She also writes under the pen names of C. Archer, Catherine Kendall and Elizabeth Benning. In 1997, she won a Golden Duck Award (Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades) for The Message. Home of the Brave won the SCBWI 2008 Golden Kite Award for Best Fiction and the Bank Street 2008 Josette Frank Award.