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About the Author

Jeanne Birdsall was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1951. Before becoming a children's author, she worked as a photographer. Some of her photographs are included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum. She didn't start writing until show more she was forty-one years old. Her first book, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, was published in 2005. Her novels about the Penderwick family have collected several honors, including the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She also writes picture books for younger children. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (2008) 1,981 copies, 61 reviews
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (2011) 1,156 copies, 33 reviews
The Penderwicks in Spring (2015) 809 copies, 21 reviews
The Penderwicks at Last (2018) 533 copies, 16 reviews
Flora's Very Windy Day (2010) 431 copies, 49 reviews
The Penderwicks: The Complete Collection (2019) 48 copies, 1 review
Lucky and Squash (2012) 29 copies, 1 review
Teaflet and Roog Make a Mess (2021) 14 copies, 1 review

Associated Works

Hey, Kiddo (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 1,009 copies, 63 reviews
Nancy and Plum (1952) — Introduction, some editions — 223 copies, 7 reviews


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The Penderwick sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn't quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick's sister has decided it's time for him to start dating--and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan--a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It's high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return.
PlumfieldCH | 60 other reviews | Jul 8, 2024 |
I think this is possibly my all-time favorite book for this age group. It's a wonderful, modern day tale of four sisters and their adventurous summer vacation. However, despite the fact that it's set in present day, it feels absolutely timeless. Many thanks to my Random House rep for sending it to me. I can't wait to start the follow up!
kdegour23 | 192 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |
I never would have thought that the follow up could be better than the first. But it far surpassed my expectations! I wish I could reread this again for the first time. Can't wait for [b:The Penderwicks at Point Mouette|9252036|The Penderwicks at Point Mouette|Jeanne Birdsall|http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51f7wlmrbDL._SL75_.jpg|13647613]!
kdegour23 | 60 other reviews | May 29, 2024 |
This is such a delightful book! My siblings and I needed something to listen to on a recent trip, and found this story engaging—a wonderful traveling companion. Somewhat reminiscent of Carol Ryrie Brink’s books or All-of-a-Kind Family, I thoroughly enjoyed the family aspects of the story. This isn’t a family on the verge of falling apart; each member is dedicated to everyone else, and they all work together toward a common goal (most of the time, anyway). This book is very character-driven, which I loved. There is a plot as well, but the highlight for me was how lifelike each character was—whether it was Rosalind, trying to take the place of their dead mother, impetuous Skye, distractible writer Jane, or excitable Batty. And Hound. You can’t forget him! Each character felt well-rounded, and though they got into their fair share of scrapes, the children weren’t deliberately naughty (most of the time, anyway).

It’s hard to know how to summarize my thoughts about the book because I loved it so much. There’s something about it—its whimsical fun, the fact that although it’s a modern story, the characters and events feel timeless (and the children aren’t stuck on phones or other devices!), or maybe just that this is generally a portrait of a family doing well—I loved it. It was good. If you enjoy stories about family and friendship, with a few high-jinks along the way, I’d highly recommend you check this book out.
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EstherFilbrun | 192 other reviews | May 21, 2024 |



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