According to K.A. Applegate

These were monthly columns that were held by Scholastic. Fans would send in questions to K.A. Applegate, and the Official Website would post them at the end of month with K.A's reply. Fans could either send their letters to K.A through an email form or through snail mail at:

K.A. Applegate, c/o Scholastic, 555 Broadway, New York, N.Y., 10012.

November 1999


Dear Katherine,
Hi! My name is Joanne and I want you to know that ANIMORPHS is the best book and tv series this century, and next century too. But I have some questions:
1) Jake has Cassie, and Tobias has Rachel. How about girls for Marco and Ax?
2) If Ax is so clever, why doesn't he make shredders?
3) Are you going to write an Animorphs dictionary? Or an Andalite to English dictionary? Or how about Hork-Bajir to English?
4) Who or what were The 5?
-Joanne W

Hi, Joanne:
Not too optimistic about the upcoming century, are you? But thanks.
1) Ah, so you have an eye for Marco, eh? I'd say, "ah, so you have an eye for Ax, eh," but Ax has plenty of eyes already. I think of Marco as unlucky in love. However, if you were to read MEGAMORPHS #4 when it comes out you might find something to amuse you.
2) Some of the parts are hard to come by. Others are on back-order.
3) You know, I wish I could, but that would require a level of dedication and consistency I am sadly lacking.
4) Well, the first four plus that other guy.


Okay, I am really embarrassed to admit this, but I am a 33 year old mom of an 11 year old boy that reads your books, and I have become hooked on them! I read a lot of references that are age specific not only to my son's era, but to my own. May I ask how old you are? Younger or older or within 5 years as a ballpark would be fine. I love the books, but unfortunately I read fast! I plan on buying them all, gobbling them up and then donating them to my son's school! (of course my son has other plans for those books!) We read them together, he reads them alone for school reading, and then I bring the book upstairs and read the rest! He freaks when I tell him only part of what happens!
PS: my 53 year old mother reads them too! Wow! You've got a multi-generational thing going on here! My mother also loves "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" I am curious, do you watch this too? Needless to say, I am starting to worry about her! Thank you!

Hi, Cynthia:
I am a very, very old woman. Roughly ten years older than you. But, as you know, you're only as old as you feel. So I expect I'll be receiving my first social security check any day now.
I don't watch Buffy, but I know lots of people who praise it highly. It's just on at a bad time for me.


Dear KA,
I was just wondering one thing: If the Andalite homeworld is only 82 light-years away (in the Orion spiral arm?) then why didn't we pick up their early radio transmissions with the SETI program in the early 90's? Obviously they've been a technical civilization for at least 82 Earth years, and it's almost certain that they had radio, seeing as Ax knows how to make a radio dish (something like a human kid knowing how to direct-dial Okinawa by the age of four). SETI could have picked up our own civilization at the galactic core. Thanks so much for answering this, if you do.
-Neil A

Hi, Neil:
Excellent question. But I think the answer is pretty obvious: the Andalites have been beaming radio broadcasts our way for more than 80 years. Sadly the folks at SETI have failed to recognize those transmissions as being of intelligent origin since, in an ironic twist of fate, the earliest Andalite transmissions sound very much like the Backstreet Boys.


Dear K.A.
Hi ya! I live in Australia, not all my life, but nearly. I love your books and I really wanted to know a few things, so lets continue, eh?
1. I just finished reading The Andalite Chronicles and The Hork-Bajir Chronicles, they're really COOL! Are you going to make another one like them?
2. If #20, #21, and #22 was a trilogy, could you make another trilogy? It makes it really exciting wanting to know what happens to the Animorphs in the next book.
There's really nothing else I'd like to write about now, so better get me-self some tucker (food) and start readin'.
- Meghan

Hi, Meghan:
1) I already have and it will be out pretty soon. It's called VISSER. Basically, it's the story of Marco's Mom, Visser One. How she discovered humans, how she first began the invasion of earth, and her really rather difficult relationship with Visser Three, etc... The Animorphs show up in this one, unlike the first two Chronicles.
2) People seem divided on this idea. Some people hate to be left hanging. Others like the topspin -- as we say in the biz. I may do a trilogy, or I may even go with something longer.


Hi K.A!
I have written about 14 times and they have not been answered! I have some questions I would like to ask anyway! Here they are!
1) Will Marco and Tobias ever have a fight over Rachel? Like Marco could morph his bird morph and fight Tobias!
2) Will Cassie ever stop liking Jake and realize that she likes Marco instead? 3) What would happen if David went to Visser Three and turned them in and he became Visser Three's sidekick?
4) Do you think you will ever stop writing Animorphs? I hope you don't!
Well that's about it. Anyway I absolutely LOVE your series. Oh and by the way, what year did you start Animorphs? See ya! ANIMORPHS RULE! BEWARE, THE YEERKS ARE EVERYWHERE!!!!!!
-Rosalind C

Hi, Rosalind:
1) Hmm, a Marco-Tobias fight, huh? Marco has his gorilla morph and a polar bear, Tobias also has polar bear, plus Hork-Bajir. Okay, lay your bets down, boys and girls.
2) You like the romantic conflict theme, don't you? Or is just that you think Marco needs a date? He would, of course, agree.
3) Well, sadly, David is a rat. A literal rat. And he's stuck on an island.
4) I'll keep writing till the Yeerks get me. Wha. . . What was that noise? The door! Someone is breaking in the door. Oh, no, Hork-Bajir! Aaaarrrggghhh!


Here it is, "My 25th letter to K. A. Applegate!" I feel like celebrating! Anyway, on with the questions:
1) What would happen if an animal got the morphing power and accidentally acquired, oh, Tom, for instance?
2) Any plans yet for an Ellimist Chronicles? (And, didn't the Ellimist specify that there was more than one Ellimist in book #13?)
3) Are you planning on introducing new alien species soon?
That's all. I know you have a kagillion letters to read, and you also have to write books, but could you please answer this one? PLEASE?

Dear, John:
25 letters, huh? Wow. Okay, in that case, I'll answer this one.
1) Hah! Excellent idea! Great idea! In fact, it's Animorphs #39, if I recall the numbers correctly. He doesn't acquire Tom, but an animal does gain the morphing power.
2) Yep, the Ellimist Chronicles are on the drawing board. I haven't thought about it at all. I tend not to think about books till I start writing them. Sometimes not even then. Hah hah.
3) You know, I'm not sure. But I suspect we'll meet some new aliens in the Ellimist Chronicles.

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