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Genre: children's books, Genre: Middle Grade, Publisher: Random House, Series: book review

Book Review: The Penderwicks/The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall
Hardcover: 9780375831430, Knopf (Random House), $15.95
Paperback: 9780440420477, Yearling (Random House), $6.99
 
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
by Jeanne Birdsall
Hardcover: 9780375840906, Knopf (Random House), $15.99
Paperback: 9780440422037, Yearling (Random House), $7.99
This post was originally published here in May 2008. This post has been edited from its original version.
Are you all ready for two fantastic reads? The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall is the most fun new series to hit the shelves! Get ready for some gushing praise because I love these books! The two tales center around the Penderwicks family made up of a father, 4 daughters, and a loveable, laughable dog. There’s nothing better for a summer read than a series set right in New England!

Winner of the National Book Award, the first book, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, takes place in Arundel, Maine, where the Penderwicks go on their summer vacation. Their normal vacation spot is booked, so they end up renting a small cottage on the property of a large house. Before you know it, the four sisters are up to their noses in adventures, involving, at times, yes, two rabbits, the boy next door (friend or foe?), a bull, the gardner, the cook, and much much more. It’s an unforgettable summer for the entire family, and it’s sure to be an unforgettable read for you!

The second book, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, takes place back home on Gardam Street. It’s fall – school time – and also time for a visit from the girls’ favorite aunt. Soon the whole house is in an uproar when their favorite aunt suggests the unthinkable: the girls’ widowed father should start dating again! Everyone, Dad included, is horrified at this suggestion, and the girls soon hatch the Save-Daddy Plan. Hilarious incidents insue as the girls try to set their father up on one bad date after another. Handled with tact and sensitivity for such a touchy subject, everyone’s heart ends up in the right hands by the end of this book.


Jeanne Birdsall calls Northampton, MA her home. She has visited the Odyssey Bookshop on many occasions. Look for signed copies and keep an eye out for book #3 coming in 2011!

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