Spend the summer with the Penderwick sisters

June 4, 2011

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette” by Jeanne Birdsall. Age 10 and up. $16.99

The Penderwick sisters are back for their third ad­ven­ture, but unlike many series, you could pick up this book without having read the first two and not miss a beat.

That’s because the four Penderwick sisters, ranging in age from 5 to 13, feel like the kind of family you could share a meal with, chase after the mud-soaked dog with, look up at the clear summer sky in Maine and count the stars with.

The girls — Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty — are smart, sassy, silly. But most of all they’re sisters sharing summer fun. The plot of this tale involves 13-year-old Rosalind going off to the New Jersey shore with a friend, while the other sisters and favorite aunt Claire head off to Maine. Will Skye be able to handle the responsibility of being the Oldest Available Penderwick (OAP)? Will Jane’s obsession with love come to an unfortunate end? Why oh why is Batty collecting golf balls, of all things?

The book is like drinking lemonade on a swing on a summer day: Perfection!

(The earlier books in the series are “The Penderwicks,” which won the National Book Award, and “The Penderwicks on Gardam Street.”)

— Tracy Grant

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