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Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
Transcript of Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson
THEME: Good outcomes can rise from bad situations
ex) Teri Litch and Kate Malone
By: Bella Wood and Katie Chevoor
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Syracuse, New York
Merryweather High School
Laurie Halse Anderson
Characters and setting introduced
Kate gets rejected from MIT
Teri moves in with Kate
Kate father, volunteers to rebuild the Litch's home with help of volunteers
Mikey get electrocuted and dies
Everyone tries to calm down.
People find out that Mikey is Teri's son.
Funeral is held
Kate takes a year off before college
Kate helps Teri rebuild home
Good example of all the things that teens have to handle:
Kate Malone- (Protagonist)
Teri Litch- (Antagonist)
Mikey Litch- (Teri's son)
Mitchell- (Kate's boyfriend)
Toby Malone- (Kate's brother)
Books Main Idea
A serious medical condition in which a person feels very sad, hopeless, and unimportant and often is unable to live in a normal way
What causes it?
ex) Kate is feeling pressure about getting into MIT. Kate only applied to ONE college, that why she is so stressed.
low-self of esteem
Separated parents or family issues
ex) Kate's mother died when she was little
ex) Mickey dies
Senior Kate Malone a preachers daughter, exceptional runner, and straight A student, finds herself loosing control of her life during senior year. She not only gets rejected from her dream college, her life long enemy Teri Litch ends up moving in with her family due to a family crisis.
Kate now has to worry about where she is going to college, and also has to worry about not losing her temper with Teri.
Teri's son Mikey dies in an accident, and Teri goes on a rampage of destruction. Kate has to try and calm Teri down, they eventually come to an understanding of each other, and Kate decides to take college of for a year to help Teri rebuild her house.
Social Issue Continued
Constant feeling of sadness, and mixed emotions
Sleep patterns are disrupted
ex) Kate goes running at night to try to calm herself down.
Patients may lose interest in hobbies they once enjoyed
ex) Kate loses interest in chemistry. Her mind wonders off. Before, she was excited to go to class and learn more.
How to deal with Depression:
Talk about the problems that are occurring in your life.
Get out of the house, be active
Sometimes words in the book were confusing. The author switched views between "Good Kate" and "Bad Kate".
Kate dreams were demolished (Getting into MIT)
other random events
This was not my favorite book, but it was interesting. Different views made it confusing, but other than that it was a intriguing novel.
I thought the book came across as a perfect example of how teens can crack from being under the pressure of a million different things.
Kate, has to deal with stress and depression, but eventually it all works out.
had an interesting plot line