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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

by Jeanne Birdsall

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Narrated by Susan Denaker. Can it be that the Penderwick family is breaking apart? Not exactly. Father and his new wife and her young son are off to England for a conference. Rosalind will vacation in New Jersey with friends. And the rest of the Penderwick girls will spend two weeks in Maine with Aunt Claire. The focus is on the girls in Maine: Skye, who feels the weight of being the Oldest Available Penderwick; Jane, who longs to understand more about love so she can write a new Sabrina book; and Batty, who discovers a talent for music, thanks to the girls’ best friend Jeffrey who joins them in Maine and receives an uncertain surprise while there. Denaker narrates with a restrained calm, easy on the ears, pleasant; a comfortable pacing that suits this wholesome story. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Jeanne Birdsall is just a solidly fabulous writer. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Jeanne Birdsall is just a solidly fabulous writer. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Just about perfect. As others have said, it feels sweet and nostalgic, and has a lot more love than so many books now, but it's also fully in touch with enough modern issues that it feels entirely real. The only minor quibble I have is that Batty is five now, and her sisters should let her grow up a bit and not baby her so much. Maybe in the next book she'll tell them that she can bathe herself.

A taste so you can see why the little girl in me loves these characters. Skye, the most tomboyish, is admitting to Jane, only a bit younger, that a few months ago she kissed a classmate. "He promised he'd finally stop asking me out if I kissed him just once. So I kissed him, then punched him. He didn't seem to mind." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
Despite a very implausible coincidence as a centerpiece of this story, I did find it enjoyable. A few too many crushes for my tastes, but at least the realistic portrayal of a pre-teen summer fling might have helped scare my nearly ten-year-old off from being interested in "dating" for a few more years. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Apr 7, 2015 |
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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!

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When the three younger Penderwick sisters go to Maine with Aunt Claire and are separated from oldest sister Rosalind for the first time in their lives, an uncertain Skye is left in charge as the OAP--oldest available Penderwick.

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