My thirteen-year-old daughter took a break from reading Agatha Christie mysteries (her current craze) to read Caterpillar Summer, and she loved it. She said she loved how McDunn really seemed to "get" what it's like to be young, without making it seem little kiddish, and she loved how real Cat is, with her full range of emotions. I loved it just as much as she did and found myself wanting to underline many lines that were so insightful and/or written in a surprising, funny, original way. Reading it made me yearn for an island to take my family to, where my kids can explore and have adventures, and maybe meet a Cat to be friends with. I hated to put the book down when I finished it! Luckily, my eleven-year-old son and I are reading it together at bedtime now, so I get to hang out with Cat and Chicken some more! And reading it aloud is so fun because I get to enjoy the excellent writing even more when my son and I take turns reading it to each other. This is a great book for all ages and interests, and I can't wait to read more books by McDunn!