Welcome to my website! My name is Kirsty Applebaum. I’m the author of The Middler and the winner of the United Agents Prize for Most Promising Writing for Young People 2016.
If you scroll down you'll find information about me, my writing and my latest news & events.
And if you scroll far enough there's an embarrassing photo of me on a kangaroo.
About The Middler
Eleven-year-old Maggie lives in Fennis Wick, enclosed and protected from the outside world by a boundary, beyond which the Quiet War rages and the dirty, dangerous wanderers roam.
Her brother Jed is an eldest, revered and special. A hero. Her younger brother is Trig – everyone loves Trig. But Maggie’s just a middler; invisible and left behind. Then, one hot September day, she meets Una, a hungry wanderer girl in need of help, and everything Maggie has ever known gets turned on its head.
I was born in Essex and grew up in Hampshire. I’ve had a wide variety of jobs including bookselling, railway re-signalling, picking stones off conveyor belts and teaching Pilates. I now live with my husband on top of a hill in Winchester, not far from the butterfly fields that influenced the setting of The Middler
Latest From Kirsty
June 2019 - In The Reading Corner
Listen to me being interviewed by Just Imagine's Nikki Gamble here: http://justimagine.co.uk/resource/kirsty-applebaum/
April 2019 - Audiobook narrated by Adjoa Andoh
The Middler is now available as an audiobook, narrated by the brilliant Adjoa Andoh. You can listen to a free sample.
Kirsty On The Web
Showing instead of telling in The Middler
Maggie as a middle child
How my chidhood influenced The Middler
My writing journey
Books from my childhood that influenced The Middler
I'd love to come and visit your school. I offer an assembly-style interactive talk and several different workshops, suitable for years 5,6 & 7.
The Middler is ideal for teaching to children aged 9+. It is particularly suited to developing literacy and writing skills, and stimulating PHSE discussion around themes of self-doubt, belonging, lies and loyalty.
Download a teaching resource pack for KS2 with extracts and lesson plans here:
I can be contacted here: firstname.lastname@example.org
My publisher, Nosy Crow, can be contacted here:
The Crow’s Nest
14 Baden Place
Telephone: +44 (0)207 089 7575
My agent, Nancy Miles, can be contacted here:
Miles Stott Children's Literary Agency Ltd
East Hook Farm
Lower Quay Road
SA62 4LR UK