Thursday, June 9, 2011

Book Review: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeannie Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
Book Description:
When summer comes around, it's off to the beach for Rosalind . . . and off to Maine with Aunt Claire for the rest of the Penderwick girls, as well as their old friend, Jeffrey.

That leaves Skye as OAP (oldest available Penderwick)—a terrifying notion for all, but for Skye especially. Things look good as they settle into their cozy cottage, with a rocky shore, enthusiastic seagulls, a just-right corner store, and a charming next-door neighbor. But can Skye hold it together long enough to figure out Rosalind's directions about not letting Batty explode? Will Jane's Love Survey come to a tragic conclusion after she meets the alluring Dominic? Is Batty—contrary to all accepted wisdom—the only Penderwick capable of carrying a tune? And will Jeffrey be able to keep peace between the girls . . . these girls who are his second, and most heartfelt, family?
It's a rollicking ride as the Penderwicks continue their unforgettable adventures in a story filled with laughs and joyful tears!
My thoughts:
I love the Penderwicks, who remind of a mix of  Little Women (Puffin Classics) and The Melendy Quartet. Their latest book, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall is not a disappointment.

The story starts with their Father off on his honeymoon and Rosalind, the oldest sister, going away on vacation with a friend. This leaves the three younger Penderwick to take a vacation with Aunt Claire at Point Mouette at the ocean. They are soon joined by Jeffrey, their friend,  and from that moment the adventures begin. From a crazy dog, Jane's research on love, Batty's golf ball collection, Jeffrey's musical affinity with the neighbor, to Skye's worries about being the OAP, will fascinate and keep you on the edge of your seat. On a side note: When I started this story I had a premonition that a certain event was going to happen. When it did happen it totally took me by surprise! I think I got so caught up in the other events I had forgot about it. I appreciate a story that makes it hard to guess, or in my case, forget what is coming next.

If you are familiar with the Penderwicks you will not want to miss this latest installment, and if you haven't been introduced I highly recommend starting at the beginning of this series with The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy and The Penderwicks on Gardam Street.


  1. This sounds like something I'd enjoy! Great review!

    Cindy @Cindy's Book Club

  2. I just finished it yesterday and was really surprises how touched I was by the ending. Review forthcoming on my blog!



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