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Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja

My biography doesn't take very long to tell. I was born in Detroit, second of two sisters, and grew up in an east-side suburb. I've been writing since I was a very young girl -- it's not just what I do, it's who I am, the way I see the world, and the way I try to make sense of what I see.
Writing straydog, my first book for young people, ushered me into a world I knew already as a reader. Many of the characters I love best in fiction—Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet, J. D. Salinger’s Holden and Franny and Zooey, Francesca Lia Block’s Witch Baby—are people who struggle with hard ideas, say what they think, show their bewilderments, love with all their hearts. They are exasperating, funny, intense people. Young people.
I’m a strong supporter of animal rights, so I’m especially proud that straydog was honored by both the ASPCA and the Humane Society. I believe that you can learn everything you need to know about a person by watching the way s/he acts with animals and little kids: the ones without power. Which is what Buddha Boy is mostly about: power. Who has it, who abuses it, and what it’s really for.
Writing fiction is a discipline not only of words, but of vision: I have to see a thing clearly in my mind’s eye—a character, a situation—before I can begin to write about it. The Blue Mirror is about vision, what can happen when we finally open our eyes.
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Kathe Koja

Square Fish

Hoping to escape from himself for awhile, Kit auditions for a controversial school play and discovers his talent for acting, struggles with coming out, and both he and his costar face crises in their view of themselves and in their close relationships.

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Kissing the Bee

Kathe Koja

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Senior year is flying by, the prom is approaching, and Dana, her best friend, Avra, and Avra’s boyfriend, Emil, are about to encounter the pains and pleasures of that intricate beehive...

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Going Under

Kathe Koja

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Because all my life had been a chrysalis, with you, Ada and Marshall and our house; even though we did other things and saw other people, the summers at the lake, and all those homeschoolers'...

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