Caterpillar Summer

By: Gillian McDunn

Cat and her brother Chicken have always had a very special bond. When Chicken has a "meltdown", Cat’s the one who scratches his back and reads his favorite story. She’s always knows what he needs. Since their mom has had to work double-hard to keep their family afloat after their father passed away, Cat is the glue holding her family together. When a summer trip doesn’t go as planned, Cat and Chicken end up spending three weeks with grandparents they’ve never met. With their help, Cat can be a kid again for the first time in years, and the journey she takes shows that even the most broken relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in one another’s shoes.

ISBN: 9781681197432

JLG Release: May 2019

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Brothers and sisters , Responsibility , Single-parent families , Grandparents , Family problems , Islands , Family life , North Carolina , Fishing , Friendship , Competitions , Cheating

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Awards & Honors

Kirkus Best Books - 2019
Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Elementary 2019-2020

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Book Details



First Release

May 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 3.8; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 540L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Bloomsbury USA

Potentially Sensitive Areas



Brothers and sisters, Responsibility, Single-parent families, Grandparents, Family problems, Islands, Family life, North Carolina, Fishing, Friendship, Competitions, Cheating,

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