Last Thursday, K.A. Applegate became the latest minor celebrity to offer herself up on Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread. And the woman is hilarious! Candid, informal, sarcastic — I knew this from the books, but I had forgotten. Her answers are delightful to read. While she may not be as universally known as recent AMA participant Donald Glover, her thread is filled with such impassioned praise from all-grown-up fans and glowing thanks from Applegate, that it makes for a wonderful, geeky reunion. Here are the highlights. More
In news that just made my day, Scholastic recently announced that it would reprint K.A. Applegate‘s Animorphs book series. If you grew up in the ’90s, chances are you had at least heard of this YA series, in which teenagers Jake, Rachel, Marco Cassie, Tobias, and Ax have the power to morph into animals. Using their animal forms, they fought aliens called Yeerks, slugs who crawled into humans’ brains and controlled them to take over Earth. And they couldn’t tell anyone who they were. Not even you.
I know, it sounds incredibly inane; and in lesser hands, it would have been a schlocky, directionless collection of books. But Applegate’s series didn’t shy away from handling darker themes that her flesh-and-blood characters had to puzzle out without any help from authority figures. So, even though the new books have those cheesy high-tech lenticular covers, you’ll want to commit to the series. (Or at the very least, buy it for a younger sibling.) More