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'The Penderwicks on Gardam Street'

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Monday, May 5, 2008

THE PENDERWICKS

ON GARDAM STREET

By Jeanne Birdsall

For ages 8-12

The Penderwick sisters -- Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty -- have a problem. Now that their mother has been dead for four years, their aunt is pushing their father to start dating again.

That's the last thing the girls want. They're quite happy having their dad, a college botany professor, all to themselves. If he gets serious about someone, it might lead to them getting a stepmother-- and they're much too independent for that! Something must be done to derail this idea . . . but what?

You might skip through the pages to see if the girls succeed with their plan. After you finish, go back and read the first book in this heartwarming series: "The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy."

Jeanne Birdsall didn't start writing books until she was 41. Judging from these two (the first Penderwick novel won a National Book Award for Young People's Literature), she's on a roll. We think you'll agree that Book 3 can't get here soon enough.

-- Marylou Tousignant


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