Book Birthday Bash: Caterpillar Summer

Book Birthday Bash


Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunnHappy Book Birthday to CATERPILLAR SUMMER!

This beautifully honest, emotionally resonant debut tells the story of a girl, her brother with special needs, and the summer they will never forget.

Since her father’s death, Cat has taken care of her brother, Chicken, for their hardworking mother—but on an unexpected island trip to visit grandparents they never knew, Cat has the chance to be a child again.

We’re so happy you’re at our party for middle-grade novel CATERPILLAR SUMMER. Join in the fun…


Welcome to the beach at Gingerbread Island, North Carolina! This is a quiet island with miles of sand for walking, fishing, and searching for beach treasures like sea glass and shark teeth. The water is warm so bring your suit if you’d like to go for a swim!


At this party, you can hear crashing waves! Cat would love to tell you what she’s learned about fishing this summer, and Chicken wants to tell you some of his favorite shark facts.


All of Cat’s favorites are served: her grandmother’s biscuits, scrambled egg sandwiches, waffles, pimento cheese, and HUSH PUPPIES. (Chicken will also make sure hot sauce is provided!) For the launch, a very talented young baker named Leah will be making sea turtle and shark cookies!


We’re enjoying the beach–favorite activities are boogie boarding, sandcastle making, and long walks by the water. After the sun goes down, we’ll have fun hunting for ghost crabs. It’s fun to chase them as they scuttle away.


Everyone gets a beach treasure — you can have a piece of sea glass or a fossilized shark tooth! Both very special finds on Gingerbread Island.

CATERPILLAR SUMMER is written by Gillian McDunn and published by Bloomsbury. You can buy this book at the retailers below…

Gillian McDunn

Gillian McDunn

GILLIAN McDUNN has lived in California, Missouri, and North Carolina, and is a fan of both the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans. She lives near Raleigh, North Carolina, with her family. Like Cat, Gillian grew up as the big sister to a younger brother with special needs. CATERPILLAR SUMMER is her first book.

Did you have fun at the party? Tell the author in the comments!

KEEP CELEBRATING! BUY THIS BOOK AT: Quailridge BooksIndieBound | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Books-A-Million | Target


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