Gillian McDunn-Caterpillar Summer

Gillian McDunn


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


Family Matters

At times we all wish our family circumstances could be different, but in these two novels, our heroes learn to appreciate their families in all their complicated messiness. Fish in a Tree author Lynda Mullaly Hunt brings another compelling coming of age tale filled with heart in her newest book Shouting at the Rain. New author Gillian McDunn debuts a moving story of one girl's summer gone wonderfully wrong in Caterpillar Summer.

Moderator: Jen Capriola

This is Jen Capriola’s first time back on the DBF stage since performing as an escaped convict in a dance routine dedicated to the book Holes in 2011. She’s worked at Little Shop of Stories for 2 years, but please do not request her for story time at your birthday party. In a few days, she will be trekking up North to the great unknown of New Hampshire to pursue a degree in fortune cookie fortune writing or perhaps razor scootering at Dartmouth College. Her mother really loves her.

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Caterpillar Summer

Cat and her brother Chicken have always had a very special bond–Cat is one of the few people who can keep Chicken happy. When he has a “meltdown” she’s the one who scratches his back and reads his favorite story. She’s the one who knows what Chicken needs. Since their mom has had to work double-hard to keep their family afloat after their father passed away, Cat has been the glue holding her family together.

But even the strongest glue sometimes struggles to hold. When a summer trip doesn’t go according to plan, Cat and Chicken end up spending three weeks with grandparents they never knew. For the first time in years, Cat has the opportunity to be a kid again, and the journey she takes shows that even the most broken or strained relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in one another’s shoes.
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