Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
by Jeanne Birdsall
Knopf, May 10th, 2011

In 2005 the Penderwicks appeared in many lives, the four Penderwick sisters, Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty, becoming close friends to many readers. In the third installment of Jeanne Birdsall’s beloved series, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, Skye, Jane, and Batty are off to Maine for a summer vacation with their aunt. This means Skye is the OAP (or oldest available Penderwick) a role of terrifying responsibility. Luckily, her good friend Jeffery is around to help her. Jane thinks she's in love with a skateboarding boy, Batty insists she's musical, and her aunt has sprained her ankle- Skye has her hands full. But with the temptation of a piano next-door (not to mention a musician to teach him) will Jeffery be enough help? And why does the neighbor look so familiar? Through all this, Skye must try and remember the most important direction from Rosalind: Don't let Batty explode.

This rollicking adventure will delight readers. From a hint of romance, to soccer, writing, campfire rituals, music, and long-lost relations, The Penderwicks holds something for everyone. It's a delightful summer book for intrepid summer travelers, budding writers, or covert late-night reading with a flashlight.

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