Caterpillar Summer

Caterpillar Summer

eBook - 2019
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Since her father's death, Cat has taken care of her brother, Chicken, for their hardworking mother but while spending time with grandparents they never knew, Cat has the chance to be a child again.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2019
ISBN: 9781681197449
1681197448
9781526606280
1526606283
9781681197432
9781526606266
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Since her father died, Cat has been the glue holding their family together. She takes care of her younger brother, Chicken, who has special needs, while her mother works. During the summer, Cat and her brother end up staying with grandparents she has never met, and realizes that she can let go so... Read More »

Since her father died, Cat has been the glue holding their family together. She takes care of her younger brother, Chicken, who has special needs, while her mother works. During the summer, Cat and her brother end up staying with grandparents she has never met, and realizes that she can let go so... Read More »


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The_Zookeeper
Jul 30, 2019

This one gave me all the feels. It was so sweet to see this broken family start to mend and to see that adults don't always make the right decisions.

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samcmar17
Jul 29, 2019

Caterpillar Summer was a total cover grab for me. There's something about two adorable children and fishing that just screams a summer read. This book is a gentle look at sibling relationships, grief, and learning to walk in someone else's shoes, even if it's for a little while. There's also a lot about fishing in this book, which definitely gave me fond memories of my childhood at my parent's cottage.

Cat and Chicken are lovable characters, each with the ability to control each other. It's very clear that Cat, in particular, has had to grow up very quickly and become responsible for Chicken at such a young age, so it was nice to read a narrative where the author takes that concept and offers the character an opportunity to be a child again. There is such a reluctance from Cat's character at times, almost as though she is afraid of having the rug swept from under her feet.

There is a kindness and curious nature in that book that makes it a slow, but compelling story. This is very much a character focused story, and one where you are watching both Cat and Chicken grow. I loved their grandparents, and I also appreciated in the story how they were okay with the hesitation from Cat and Chicken given the estrangement. There's a lot of growing and learning in this story, and I love that both cat and Chicken wear their flaws on their sleeves.

Caterpillar Summer is a lyrical book about childhood and grief, but it's full of gentleness and hope. Coupled with some beautiful illustrations throughout, if you are someone who loves a softer middle grade story, this one is easily for you.

LPL_MaryW Jul 20, 2019

Cat and her little brother, Chicken, have always shared a special bond. She is his protector, his friend, and his Caterpillar, which can sometimes take its toll. When their family’s summer vacation doesn’t go as planned, Cat and Chicken spend three weeks with their grandparents, whom they’ve never met due to severed family ties. Over the course of the summer, Cat becomes determined to uncover the truth, hold her family together, and maybe even win a fishing contest along the way. A story of love and forgiveness, Caterpillar Summer has captured my heart — hook, line, and sinker.

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alyx_reads
Jul 19, 2019

Disappointing considering the buzz it got. Sweet story, but feels like a debut author (and it is).

OPL_KrisC Apr 27, 2019

A moving look at what happens when a young girl & her brother are forced to stay for a couple of weeks with grandparents they have never met.

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