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Other titles in the Penderwicks series:

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

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ISBN10: 0440420474
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Awards

2005 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will — won't they? One thing's for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.

Review:

"Crisp, witty dialogue and supple storytelling propel this happy celebration of sisterhood, individuality, and the simple pleasures of summer." Child Magazine

Review:

"So satisfying, the story begs for a sequel: it would be nice to see more of the Penderwicks." Ilene Cooper, Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"It is definitely a throwback to the 1950s era of summers actually puttered away out of doors or with books. TV? Video games? Forget it. If it were not for a passing mention of a computer, the illusion would be complete." Children's Literature

Review:

"Problems are solved and lessons learned in this wonderful, humorous book that features characters whom readers will immediately love, as well as a superb writing style. Bring on more of the Penderwicks!" School Library Journal

Review:

"[T]he children become fast friends and partners in the sorts of lively plots and pastoral pastimes we don't read much about these days. Their adventures and near-disasters, innocent crushes, escaped animals, owning-up and growing up (and yes, changes of heart) are satisfying and not-too-sweet." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In the third book in the Lemonade War series, siblings Evan and Jessieand#160;must solve the mystery of a missing cherished family treasure while coming to terms with their beloved grandmother's unsettling behavior.

Synopsis:

Theand#160;third installment ofand#160;the popular Lemonade War series findsand#160;siblings Evan and Jessie Treski at their grandmother's Vermont houseand#160;for the holidays,and#160;solving another mystery. This one involves figuring outand#160;who stole a cherished bell the whole neighborhoodand#160;gathers around to ring in the new year. Evan and Jessieand#160;also come to grips with unsettling changes in theirand#160;grandmother'sand#160;behavior.and#160;Once again, Ms. Davies reveals how good she is at understanding the complex emotions of children age nine to twelve years old.and#160;
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;

Synopsis:

When crisis hits, a young girl becomes the only one left to take care of her family

Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. Orphaned and living with their grandfather, Old Finn, in rural Minnesota, the children, like their grandfather, are wary of outsiders. They believe, as Old Finn taught them, in self-reliance.

But then Old Finn falls seriously ill and is taken to the hospital all the way in Duluth, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Pride, as oldest, assumes the lead. Though she makes mistakes, she keeps them afloat; they even earn money for the bus trip to Duluth. But when they finally see Old Finn, he can't walk or even say his own name, and Pride knows her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to a close. Self-reliance can't make Old Finn well again. But maybe, just maybe, a secret from Old Finn's past might make a way for them to stay together after all.

A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.

About the Author

Jeanne Birdsall lives in Massachusetss with her husband, four cats, a rabbit, a puppy, and a pet snail. She is working on another book about the Penderwick sisters.

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Jenie, August 30, 2012 (view all comments by Jenie)
I started reading this book to my three children. We were all laughing out loud! They picked it up and finished it and then got the next two in the series and read those on their own. Yesterday they chose it to give as a birthday gift to a friend. I love when I read the beginning of books and they want to read the rest themselves!
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prufrock31, March 17, 2010 (view all comments by prufrock31)
This book didn't grab me right away, though I enjoyed the characters, from feisty Skye and her sisters to carefully drawn minor characters like Harry the Tomato Man. But before I knew it, I was gradually, quietly drawn in to this story of two vastly different families and their effects on one another. A few characters never transcend the realm of caricature, unfortunately - I would have liked to know more about Mrs. Tifton than her mysterious past and her present chilly exterior. But the undercurrent of mostly-unspoken sadness shared by the Penderwicks and the Tiftons flavors the book with a realism that elevates it to more than the sweet, old-timey story it seems at first glance.
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crowyhead, July 24, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This was kind of a disappointment. The title is great, and after Octavian Nothing and The Book Thief, I've come to expect a lot from books that win the National Book Award YA category. This was really just kind of mediocre, though. It definitely feels like the author set out to write "the kind of books they don't write anymore," and while it succeeds in echoing some of the books that I loved as a kid (those of Elizabeth Enright and E. Nesbit come to mind), it ends up feeling too much like an imitation. There were things I really liked about it -- the characterization of the sisters were masterfully done -- but overall it didn't live up to the hype.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440420477
Author:
Birdsall, Jeanne
Publisher:
Yearling Books
Author:
O'Connor, Sheila
Author:
Various
Author:
Davies, Jacqueline
Author:
Maione, Heather
Author:
McDonough, Yona Zeldis
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Family - Vacation
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Sisters
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Family - Siblings
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Toys, Dolls, & Puppets
Subject:
Law & Crime
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Penderwicks
Publication Date:
20070331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black and white illustrations
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5.06 in 1 lb
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 272 pages Yearling Books - English 9780440420477 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Crisp, witty dialogue and supple storytelling propel this happy celebration of sisterhood, individuality, and the simple pleasures of summer."
"Review" by , "So satisfying, the story begs for a sequel: it would be nice to see more of the Penderwicks."
"Review" by , "It is definitely a throwback to the 1950s era of summers actually puttered away out of doors or with books. TV? Video games? Forget it. If it were not for a passing mention of a computer, the illusion would be complete."
"Review" by , "Problems are solved and lessons learned in this wonderful, humorous book that features characters whom readers will immediately love, as well as a superb writing style. Bring on more of the Penderwicks!"
"Review" by , "[T]he children become fast friends and partners in the sorts of lively plots and pastoral pastimes we don't read much about these days. Their adventures and near-disasters, innocent crushes, escaped animals, owning-up and growing up (and yes, changes of heart) are satisfying and not-too-sweet."
"Synopsis" by ,
In the third book in the Lemonade War series, siblings Evan and Jessieand#160;must solve the mystery of a missing cherished family treasure while coming to terms with their beloved grandmother's unsettling behavior.
"Synopsis" by ,
Theand#160;third installment ofand#160;the popular Lemonade War series findsand#160;siblings Evan and Jessie Treski at their grandmother's Vermont houseand#160;for the holidays,and#160;solving another mystery. This one involves figuring outand#160;who stole a cherished bell the whole neighborhoodand#160;gathers around to ring in the new year. Evan and Jessieand#160;also come to grips with unsettling changes in theirand#160;grandmother'sand#160;behavior.and#160;Once again, Ms. Davies reveals how good she is at understanding the complex emotions of children age nine to twelve years old.and#160;
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;
"Synopsis" by ,
When crisis hits, a young girl becomes the only one left to take care of her family

Pride, Nightingale and Baby are the Stars. Orphaned and living with their grandfather, Old Finn, in rural Minnesota, the children, like their grandfather, are wary of outsiders. They believe, as Old Finn taught them, in self-reliance.

But then Old Finn falls seriously ill and is taken to the hospital all the way in Duluth, leaving the children to fend for themselves. Pride, as oldest, assumes the lead. Though she makes mistakes, she keeps them afloat; they even earn money for the bus trip to Duluth. But when they finally see Old Finn, he can't walk or even say his own name, and Pride knows her days of keeping safe the Stars are drawing to a close. Self-reliance can't make Old Finn well again. But maybe, just maybe, a secret from Old Finn's past might make a way for them to stay together after all.

A poignant story about family and love, Sheila O'Connor has delivered another extraordinary and mesmerizing tale.

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