Monday, January 18, 2016

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

By Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall is one of my favorites. I own the first three books of the Penderwicks, looking forward to the fourth and fifth when it comes out. I love these books because the Penderwick family is nearly perfect. The four motherless girls do the best they can for their absent-minded, Latin spouting father.

And Mr. Penderwick does the best for his girls, but having lost his beloved wife to cancer, it is hard for him to cope and he leans heavily on his oldest daughter Rosalind. We watch the whole family recovering and adventuring through the first book, “The Penderwicks, A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy,” the second back home, “The Penderwicks on Gardam Street,” which is a game changer. 

In the third book the three of the sisters have adventures when they go to Point Mouette, where Skye, the second Penderwick sister, is put in charge for two weeks. Skye has her hands full trying to keep everyone safe through one misadventure after another. This series is old fashioned, heartwarming, and the kind of family and childhood we all wish we had.

This book is highly recommended for middle grade students. 

More information on author Ms. Birdsall is at

Reviewed by:

Penelope Anne Cole

Multi-Award Winning Author of Magical Matthew and Magical Mea 
and Mágico Mateo (Spanish). Magical Mea Goes to School, and Magical Max and Magical Mickey

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Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks, Point Mouette, Skye, Batty, Jane, Rosalyn, Jeffrey, Alec, Hound, Aunt Claire

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