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Chicago children’s author Kate Hannigan used to work for daily newspapers, but now she writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers, digging up remarkable people from history and sharing their stories. Her historical fantasy series for middle-grade, CAPE (Simon & Schuster/Aladdin), is part of a three-book series that blends superheroes and real-life women from World War II — the original computer programmers called the ENIAC Six, brilliant code-crackers, courageous spies, and daring WASP pilots — and includes graphic novel elements. Kate’s historical mystery THE DETECTIVE'S ASSISTANT (Little, Brown) about America's first woman detective, won SCBWI's Golden Kite Award for best middle-grade novel and was a California Young Reader Medal nominee. Her picture book biography of Belva Lockwood, A LADY HAS THE FLOOR (Boyd’s Mills), spotlights an early suffragette and first woman on the ballot for president. It was a Chicago Public Library "Best of the Best" 2018 pick, a Junior Library Guild selection, a Mighty Girl "Best of 2018" pick, an Amelia Bloomer Project selection, and earned four starred reviews. Kate lives in Chicago with her husband, three kids, and nervous Australian shepherd. Visit her online at

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