Matylda, Bright and Tender

I’m really excited that my first middle-grade novel, Matylda, Bright & Tender, will be published by Candlewick Press in the spring of 2017.


For my middle-grade debut, I decided to use my given name, Holly M. McGhee, rather than my pen name—because the emotions I drew on for this story of two best friends and their leopard gecko came straight from my own life, and this felt like the right time finally to integrate my work life and my writing life.

Everything I’ve learned as an agent has helped me as a writer, and everything I’ve learned as a writer has helped me as an agent, and I’m so grateful for all of it.


Holly McGhee