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About the Author

Mary Calhoun was born in Keokuk, Iowa, and grew up in a large red brick house on a Mississippi bluff, very much like the one she describes in KATIE JOHN.

At the age of seven Mrs. Calhoun decided to be an author, and she has been writing ever since. She studied journalism at the State University of Iowa and worked on several newspapers.

Mrs. Calhoun has written many stories for children's magazines and books for young children, as well as the books about Katie John.

Mary Calhoun lives in Clark, Colorado.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Library Binding: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (January 1, 1960)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060209518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060209513
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 22, 1998
Format: Library Binding
Katie John and her folks move into a huge old house. Katie John is into everything, and the fun begins! Don't miss the part where Katie John gets her finger stuck in the speaking hole!
I grew up with Katie John, and I can hardly wait for my new copy of this, her first book, to arrive at my house. Katie John is a wide-open, hysterical heroine for kids of all ages!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Library Binding
I loved Katie John; she was such a tomboy, and -- being one myself -- I enjoyed watching her get in and out of trouble and excitement. A definite must-read.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
Format: Library Binding
Katie John is a character I grew up with, and the books about her are filled with fun, adventures, and funny things that happen, while teaching good vurtues. Which is more than I can say for some of the depressing childrens' books in the bookstores and libraries today. The author should keep writing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RobinJ on January 25, 2008
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I purchased this book for my nine-year-old daughter because I had enjoyed it so when I was that age (I'm nearly 49). Guess what--it's a huge hit with her, too! She received it a couple months ago, and has already read it twice. She has let other new books go unread as she immerses herself in all things Katie John! I guess it's confirmation that this book really IS a timeless classic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on December 23, 2013
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The book arrived already wrapped and with a book mark and an additional letter (not sure if that is standard, just for the holidays, or specific to this year. Even if it just a holiday thing it is the small bits that make it memorable, would definitely shop from again
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"High-spirited, headstrong and misunderstood." This is how one fan described Katie John, a character created by Mary Calhoun. Those characteristics were reason enough for me during my elementary school days to immediately seek out all of the Katie John books. Even now, despite being in my forties, I still connect with Katie John.

Being high-spirited means life with Katie John is rarely dull. The trait serves her well when Sue comes to visit and she finds Katie John on the trail of blood. Sue immediately acts dismissive of Katie John's detective work. The blood is probably just from a simple cut. Katie John knows better. Anyone who got cut would have the sense to wrap a bandage around the wound. And so the girls head past Katie's house, across the street, and along the bluff.... until they find a cat eating a dead mouse. Of course, there's a reason why being curious gets a bad rap. For example, there's the time when the two girls search for the family cat who had someone disappeared from a locked room. This time their search leads Katie John to a dumb waiter, in which she gets stuck and shows her penchant for getting into trouble.

Being headstrong means Katie John is stubborn. The trait serves her well when Sue and her decide to set up a lemonade stand to earn money for a movie. Boys come by and take advantage of the free popcorn sign to clean the girls out of all their popcorn. Next, the girls discover that they have accidentally added laundry soap instead of sugar to their lemonade. The disasters keep piling up but Katie John persists in making her good idea work. Of course, there's a reason why being stubborn gets a bad rap. There are times when one should let well enough alone.
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