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Caterpillar SummerCat 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 h. I really enjoyed this story about family and forgiveness Cat is always taking care of her younger brother Chicken for their mom and it’s not easy Chicken is autistic and that make him a bit challenging for most people He gets upset easily and has a tendency to run off in public places But his sister Cat is the most responsible older sister and she does a great job looking out for him The only problem is she is always responsible for him I really fell in love with CaterpillarWhen plans change unexpectedly the two siblings end up at their grandparents for a few weeks during summer break in North Carolina This sounds great but they’ve never even met them before At first it’s uncomfortable and awkward but over time a relationship is formed and the kids fall in love with the island and their newly discovered grandparents Cat even gets to be a kid again as she learn to fish with her grandpa for a fishing contest coming up I loved this book Such a feel good middle grade story I highly recommend it Thank you to Bloomsbury Children’s Books and NetGalley for this ARC My opinions are my own

characters Caterpillar Summer

characters Caterpillar Summer 109 ´ 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 afloatAs had to work double hard to keep their family afloat after their father passed away Cat has been the glue holding her family togetherBut even the strongest glue sometimes struggles to hold When a summer trip doesn't go according to plan Cat and Chicken end up spendin. E ARC provided by publisher through NetgalleyCat and her younger brother Henry know as Chicken have a great life in their San Francisco neighborhood with their artistprofessor mother but are looking forward to spending the summer with family friends who have moved while their mother is teaching a class When the friends suddenly have to go care for a grandmother in India Cat and Chicken end up with grandparents they never knew who live on Gingerbread Island near Florida Their mother has to work so hard because their father passed away from cancer four years ago and since then it has been up to Cat to care for her younger brother who seems to be on the autism spectrum and can have problems with impulsivity and sensitivity to loud or confusing situations Cat has not told her mother that Chicken has started to run away from her when they are at home because she hasn't wanted to worry her mother but she is very concerned living so close to the ocean Her grandmother Lily is delighted to have the children but their grandfather Macon is a bit reserved in his emotions Cat settles in well making a fast friend in Harriet and an enemy in John Henry who challenges her to take up fishing for a local contest Cat's mother was very good at fishing and Cat hopes her mother will instruct her on her weekend visits which end up being infreuent She starts to investigate the schism between her mother and grandfather and schemes to bring them closer together so that she and Chicken can spend summers on Gringerbread Island Free from caring for Chicken all the time Cat is able to ride bikes get ice cream and fish with Harriet and she begins to realize especially reading her mother's picture books that revolve around two characters modeled off her and her brother that she has had to bear too much responsibility for her brotherStrengths I really liked the portrayal of a tween who is given too much responsibility for a sibling Cat loves Chicken but is tired of sacrificing her own plans in order to take care of him The way that the family has dealt with the dad is realistic and not overly sad The tie in with the picture books is amusing The relationship between the grandparents and mother is explained just enough and I liked that the father's reluctance was about his future plans for his daughter than the fact that the relationship was a mixed race one which would seem somewhat dated although this was set in the South This was generally an enjoyable summer romp with some serious issues exploredWeaknesses This was a gentle book where not a lot happened and was a little predictable with the root of John Henry's bullying behavior abusive older brothers and the child missing during storm sceneWhat I really think This felt a bit like an older leisurely book that would have been wildly popular when I was a child I can see it being read aloud in a lot of classrooms I am debating purchase because I have a lot of summer on the beachlake books that I enjoy but which don't circulate a lot If this one has teachers and librarians pushing it readers will pick it up

Gillian McDunn È 9 review

G 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 shoe. Kids who take on adult responsibilities and the weight of the world and their loved ones on their shoulders are if you haven't noticed kind of my weak spot Cat was exactly the type of character that I find oh so easy to fall in love with and even easier to cheer for This was a wonderful story about family and love heartache and mending fences Oh and fishing too Highly recommended