For updates regarding our operations during the COVID-19 outbreak, please click here
Matylda, Bright and Tender

Buy from Penguin Random House:

Matylda, Bright and Tender
Written by Holly M. McGhee
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781536213164
Our Price: $7.99

Buy from any of the following retailers:


Find a local retailer:


 

How to buy

awards/reviews/quotes

download a discussion guide

download the authors notes

all downloads for this title

more titles by Holly M. McGhee

view other editions

 
Matylda, Bright and Tender

author: Holly M. McGhee

Sussy and Guy are best friends, fourth-graders who share their silliest thoughts and deepest hopes. One afternoon, the two of them decide they must have something of their very own to love. After a trip to the pet store, they bring home a spotted lizard with an ancient face and starfish toes, and they name her Matylda (with a y so it’s all her own). With Guy leading the way, they feed her and give her an origin story fit for a warrior lizard. A few weeks later, on a simple bike ride, there is a terrible accident. As hard as it is, Sussy is sure she can hold on to Guy if she can find a way to love Matylda enough. But in a startling turn of events, Sussy reconsiders what it means to grieve and heal and hope and go on, for her own sake and Matylda’s. By turns both devastating and buoyant, this story of bravery shows how far we can justify going for a real and true friend.

“A beautiful story told with hope and light exploring how life endures despite loss.” — BookPage
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$7.99 / $10.99
isbn-10/isbn-13:
1536213160 /  9781536213164
on sale date:
04/2020
type/format:
Middle-grade Novel / Paperback
age range:
8 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
224 / 5 1/2" x 7 3/4"
grade range:
Grade 3 - Grade 7
 
subjects:
Animals; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Holly M. McGhee, who formerly wrote under the name Hallie Durand, is the author of three picture books, including Mitchell’s License and Mitchell Goes Bowling, both illustrated by Tony Fucile, and a chapter-book series. She lives with her family, her antisocial dog, and her two leopard geckos (Speedy and Midnight) in Maplewood, New Jersey.
 
browse by:

 
view options
   parent
 teacher/librarian
 bookseller