Blustery, wet winter days have morphed into blustery, wet POLLENY spring days here on the Outer Banks. It was a long winter, after 2 big storms blew along the coast of NC, followed by wind & cold (but no snow) and wind. And now, the buds are finally emerging and that yellow dust is EVERYWHERE.
I'm dreaming of summer, not only for this pollen to leave me alone, but also for sunny days with toes in warm sand and a book on my lap. Lucky for me, I got to escape to Gingerbread Island with Cat and Chicken back in November and I've been anxious for April 2nd to arrive ever since... yes, I know April 2nd isn't summer!
But it is the release day of Gillian McDunn's beautiful debut, Caterpillar Summer.
There's so much I loved about this middle grade:
And perhaps nothing more than how forgiveness is taught through the heart of a young person.
Caterpillar Summer is easily my favorite Middle Grade novels, and is a must-add to your Middle Grade library collection!
If you're in NC and looking to bring an author to school, be sure to check out Gillian's website! Students get so much from hearing from authors and it develops a bond to the book like nothing else. Jo Watson Hackl visited students at my school in November, and Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe has been the #1 checked out book ever since!
Note: My links will bring you to Amazon, but your local indie is the best place to buy books!