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K. A. Holt


K. A. Holt

Kari Anne Holt is the author of several middle grade novels in verse including HOUSE ARREST, (Chronicle 2015) and RHYME SCHEMER (Chronicle, 2014), an Amazon Best Book for Kids and Teens, and a Bank Street Best Book of the Year. Her novel in haiku, BRAINS FOR LUNCH, received a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly and was highlighted on the Texas Library Association’s Annotated Lone Star Reading List for 2011. She is also the author of the forthcoming space western, RED MOON RISING, and MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL, a nominee for the 2014 Connecticut Library Association Nutmeg Book Award and the 2013 Maud Hart Lovelace Award. Kari has recently contributed to the anthology, "Dear Teen Me: authors write letters to their teen selves." She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and three malevolently charming children.

K. A. Holt

Books by K. A. Holt

by K. A. Holt - Children's, Children's 8-12, Family, Fiction, Youth Fiction

After losing her big sister, Clara, a few years ago, Amelia can't handle any more change. But when she starts eighth grade, she receives a letter that Clara had written to herself. In it, there's a list of things she'd wanted to do before the end of middle school and never finished. But as she makes her way through, Amelia finds that there's no going back, only forward. And she realizes she'll have to put her own spin on Clara's list to grow and change in the ways she needs to.

Written by K. A. Holt with illustrations by Colin Jack. - Children's, Children's 8-12, Fiction, Youth Fiction

 Buck is a super fan of the book series, The Triumphant Gnome Syndicate. But when the book’s author disappears in a cloud of smoke at the release party for book three and Buck’s little sister disappears into a bottomless dumpster, Buck realizes that the world of gnomes and trolls might really exist. The real Custard needs Buck’s help to find the Troll Vanquishing Mace. And Buck needs to find his sister. So Buck and his best friend Lizzie set off on an adventure that would make any fan’s head spin.

by K. A. Holt - Children's, Children's 8-12, Coming of Age, Family, Fiction, Sports, Youth Fiction

As a baby, Levi had a disease that caused him respiratory issues. He's fine now, but his mom and brother still think of him as damaged, and his schoolmates see him as the same class clown he's always been. So when his dad --- divorced from his mom --- suggests he take up boxing, he falls in love with the sport. And when he finds out about a school with a boxing team and a free-study curriculum, it feels like he's found a ticket to a new Levi. But how can he tell his mom about boxing? And how can he convince his family to set him free?

by K. A. Holt - Adventure, Children's 10-14, Science Fiction

Rae Darling and her family are colonists on a moon so obscure it doesn’t merit a name. Life is hard, water is scarce, and the farm work she does is grueling. But Rae and her sister Temple are faced with an added complication --- being girls is a serious liability in their strict society. Even worse, the Cheese --- the colonists’ name for the native people on the moon --- sometimes kidnap girls from the human colony. And when Rae’s impetuous actions disrupt the fragile peace, the Cheese come for her and Temple.

by K. A. Holt - Fiction, Free Verse

Timothy is on probation. It's a strange word --- something that happens to other kids, to delinquents, not to kids like him. And yet, he is under house arrest for the next year. He must check in weekly with a probation officer and a therapist, and keep a journal for an entire year. And mostly, he has to stay out of trouble. But when he must take drastic measures to help his struggling family, staying out of trouble proves more difficult than Timothy ever thought it would be.

by K. A. Holt - Fiction

Kevin has a bad attitude. He's the one who laughs when you trip and fall. In fact, he may have been the one who tripped you in the first place. He has a real knack for rubbing people the wrong way—and he's even figured out a secret way to do it with poems. But what happens when the tables are turned and he is the one getting picked on? Rhyme Schemer is a touching and hilarious middle-grade novel in verse about one seventh grader's journey from bully-er to bully-ee, as he learns about friendship, family, and the influence that words can have on people's lives.