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General Information

Name:  Kat Falls  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Science Fiction

Born: 1964 in Silver Springs, Maryland

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Kat Falls lives with her husband and children in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kat attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as an undergrad and went on to receive an MFA in screenwriting from Northwestern University. She came up with the idea for her debut novel, Dark Life, during a writing exercise. Knowing that her 11-year-old son loved reading about the ocean, Wild West pioneers and the X-Men, she combined his interests and created a story premise that kept her up nights plotting and world-building. Kat also teaches screenwriting at Northwestern University.


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Titles At Your Library

Dark Life: Book 1
ISBN: 0545178150

Scholastic Paperbacks. 2011

Dive deep into the vivid underwater world of Dark Life!

The oceans rose, swallowing the lowlands. Earthquakes shattered the continents, toppling entire regions into the rising water. Now, humans live packed into stack cities. The only ones with any space of their own are those who live on the ocean floor: the Dark Life.

Ty has spent his whole life living deep undersea. When outlaws attack his homestead, he finds himself in a fight to save the only home he has ever known. Joined by Gemma, a girl from Topside, Ty ventures into the frontier's rough underworld and discovers some dark secrets to Dark Life. Secrets that threaten to destroy everything.

Rip Tide (Dark Life, Book 2)
ISBN: 0545178436

Scholastic Press. 2011

The sequel to the acclaimed subsea adventure DARK LIFE.

Ty has always known that the ocean is a dangerous place. Every time he swims beyond the borders of his family's subsea farm, he's prepared to face all manner of aquatic predators-sharks, squid, killer whales . . .

What Ty isn't prepared to find in the deep is an entire township chained to a sunken submarine, its inhabitants condemned to an icy underwater grave. It's only the first clue to a mystery that has claimed hundreds of lives and stands to claim two more -- lives very precious to Ty and his Topsider ally, Gemma.

Now in a desperate race against the clock, Ty and Gemma find themselves in conflict with outlaws, Seaguard officers, and the savage, trident-wielding surfs -- plus a menagerie of the most deadly creatures the ocean has to offer.

Kat Falls brings to life the mysteries, marvels, and monsters of the deep in this fast-paced and inventive action-adventure.


Book Details:
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Publication Date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Reading Level: Age 8 and Up

Inhuman
ISBN: 054537099X

Scholastic Press. 2013

Never let them tame you.

In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.

Lane McEvoy can't imagine why anyone would risk it. She's grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she's curious about what's on the other side - but not that curious. Life in the west is safe and comfortable . . . just how she likes it.

But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization . . . and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.

Kat Falls brings you to the very edge of civilization and dares you to jump.


Awards

-- Dark Life

2011 Juvenile Literary Award by The Friends of American Writers

2013 ILLINOIS READS BookInhuman

2013-2014 Kids’ Winter Indie Next List

Kirkus Starred Review

2015 ILLINOIS READS Book