Children's Author Gillian McDunn


Gillian McDunn will be visiting area schools and then doing a signing at the bookstore.  She will also be at the Sewickley Public Library in that evening.

From the highly acclaimed author of Caterpillar Summer comes a heartfelt story about the sweetness and stings of middle-school friendship.

Meg has always found comfort in her best friend Beatrix's shadow. Self-assured Beatrix is the one who makes decisions, and the girls have been a pair since kindergarten. But middle school has brought some changes in Beatrix, especially when Meg tries to step outside her role as sidekick.

A special science elective is Meg's first step away, but when she's paired with quirky new girl Hazel, Beatrix steps in to stake her claim on Meg. Meg is taken aback at how mean Beatrix can be--and how difficult it is to stand up to her friend. But as Meg gets to know Hazel while working on their backyard beehive project, she starts to wonder: Is being Beatrix's friend worth turning down the possibility of finding her own voice?

This pitch-perfect exploration of middle-school friendship dynamics brims with heart and hope, and will resonate with readers of all ages.

Acclaim for Caterpillar Summer
An Indies Introduce Pick
Parents Best Book of the Year
Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of the Year

The Queen Bee and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681197517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - March 3rd, 2020

Caterpillar Summer Cover Image
ISBN: 9781681197432
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - April 2nd, 2019

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Event date: 
Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm