The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

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This series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager. Over one million copies sold, now with a bright new look!

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....

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Overview

This series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager. Over one million copies sold, now with a bright new look!

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The Penderwick sisters' third adventure brings them back in full entertaining force, despite the absence of their father, who is honeymooning in England, and Rosalind, who's vacationing with a friend in New Jersey. Birdsall fills the gaps in the family ranks with several new characters that the three remaining sisters meet while on a seaside Maine vacation with good-natured Aunt Claire and their beloved friend, Jeffrey. Friendly next-door neighbor Alec, an accomplished musician, takes musical prodigy Jeffrey under his wing, and the children also meet two siblings who are visiting their innkeeper grandparents: Dominic becomes the amusingly ill-fated love interest of aspiring romance writer Jane, and Mercedes is a suitably feisty friend for irrepressible Batty. With Rosalind away, Skye agonizes over her role as OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick), fretting that she won't be able "to keep Batty alive and undamaged for two weeks." Balancing the novel's comedy is an affecting, neatly crafted subplot that builds up to the emotionally charged revelation involving Jeffrey. From start to finish, this is a summer holiday to savor. Ages 8–12. (May)
Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
The adventures of the four Penderwick sisters are the perfect antidote to vampires, unfortunate events, and the gloom and doom prevalent in children's literature today. On holiday in a cottage on the Maine coast, the sisters face everyday ups and downs as well a serious life circumstance concerning their best friend, Jeffrey. Throughout the entertaining story, the characters come to life as distinct individuals. Readers will connect with their feelings, impulses and actions. Although several minor characters are difficult human beings (which certainly brings realism into the plot), the main characters are respectful and appealing. They may stumble or get their feelings hurt, but learn to work successfully through such growing pains. The sisters and Jeffrey are children that parents would want their daughters and sons to emulate. The plot is wholesome and evokes the stories written for children in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. The book, which is the third in a series about the Penderwick sisters, is one you definitely want on your child's bookshelf. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
Kirkus Reviews

Music and melodrama waft on the ocean breezes as the Penderwicks spend time on the Maine coast, in the third installment about this charming family.

Well, most of the Penderwicks. Dad's on his honeymoon; eldest sister Rosalind is away at the Jersey shore. Joining the three remaining sisters and their beloved aunt is dear friend Jeffrey, introduced in the first novel. Skye, second eldest, is now overseer of her sisters and isn't happy about it, especially when the third, Jane, develops a crush on a most unworthy boy. Then Batty, the youngest, confounds everyone by discovering musical talent that no Penderwick has ever displayed. Most dramatic of all is the startling revelation that slowly reveals itself in the musician living next door. Readers who enjoyed the previous books (The Penderwicks,2005;The Penderwicks on Gardam Street,2008) will like this one, too, because of its cozy familiarity, and Birdsall writes with a warm, sure hand. The girls are, as usual, kind, endearing, self-possessed, self-aware andcomforting.Readers will also be happy, though wary, about the surprise disclosure but will likely see it coming. That's OK. Penderwick fans like their stories old-fashioned, replete with coincidences and gently soap-opera–esque elements.

Somewhere, there are families like the Penderwicks. Lucky them. The rest of us just get to read about them. Lucky us.(Fiction. 9-12)

Mary Quattlebaum
This jolly tale of sibling support and shenanigans ranks with the classics of family life—Little Women, Five Little Peppers and How They Grew—and with Hilary McKay's witty contemporary Casson Family series.
—The Washington Post
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—With Father and Iantha and little stepbrother Ben off to England for a honeymoon, and Rosalind away at the Jersey shore, Skye is feeling the heavy responsibility of being the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) as she, Jane, Batty, and their friend Jeffrey head to Maine with Aunt Claire for two weeks. Disaster strikes early on when Aunt Claire severely sprains her ankle. Fortunately, a kindly and interesting neighbor, Alec McGrath, and his friend Turron Asabere, both musicians, step in to help. Nevertheless, Skye is still feeling stressed and inadequate, concerned about Batty's safety near the water and exasperated by Jane, who is struggling with her latest Sabrina Starr novel, intended to be a love story requiring a survey on the subject from everyone she meets. Jane's own first love is an annoying skateboarder, Dominic, whose only saving grace is his endearing little sister, Mercedes. But, as Jeffrey is drawn to Alec and his piano, and Batty, too, discovers her own budding musical talent, the vacation is progressing nicely until Jane's chopping off her hair in response to Dominic's rejection sets off a chain of events with dramatic and heart-wrenching consequences. The plot pivots on an almost incredible coincidence, but Birdsall's skillful handling so engulfs readers that it comes across as entirely possible, and the resolution is totally satisfying. This continuation of the Penderwick family saga has all the fine qualities of the previous books: well-drawn, distinctive characters; humor, both subtle and hilarious; rich language; and an engrossing, well-paced narrative. While it stands alone, readers will eagerly look forward to the next installment.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, April 11, 2011:
"The Penderwick sisters' third adventure brings them back in full entertaining force...From start to finish, this is a summer holiday to savor."

Starred review, Booklist, May 15, 2011:
"Drawing readers right into the family, [Birdsall] enlivens the everyday matters and endows her characters with so much individuality it’s as though she’s erased the word generic from the dictionary."

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—The Penderwicks are all going on separate two-week vacations. Daddy will be on his honeymoon with Iantha and Ben, the sisters' new stepmother and stepbrother. Rosalind, the eldest, is going to New Jersey with her friend Anna, while the other sisters (Skye, Jane, and Batty) are going to Maine with Aunt Claire and their friend, Jeffrey. Skye is left with the dreaded duties of being the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick). To make matters worse, their vacation gets off to a rocky start. Skye loses Rosalind's instruction sheet for taking care of Batty. Jane gets distracted by Dominic, and almost breaks her nose. Aunt Claire gets tripped by Hoover, the neighbor's dog, and has to be on crutches. Can the Penderwicks survive their vacation and prove to Rosalind that they can take care of themselves? Narrator Susan Denaker does a great job of bringing Jeanne Birdsall's third book (2011) in the series to life. She employs a distinct voice for each character, perfectly capturing their ages, personalities, and changes in mood. Those who are familiar with the first two titles—The Penderwicks (2005; National Book Award winner) and The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (2008, all Knopf)—will enjoy this offering.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375858512
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Series: Penderwicks Series , #3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 335,531
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeanne Birdsall

JEANNE BIRDSALL lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband. Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is her third novel.

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The Penderwick family was being torn apart. The tearing wouldn’t last long—only two weeks—but still it was uncomfortable. Mr. Penderwick was the first to go, flying off to England with his new wife, Iantha, for scientific conferences and a bit of honeymoon. With them went Ben, Iantha’s son, who was too small to be without his mother, honeymoon or not.

That had been two days earlier, and now the remaining Penderwicks—four sisters named Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty—were about to tear apart even more. Early the next morning, three of them would leave for Maine with their Aunt Claire, while the fourth headed to New Jersey with her best friend. The sisters had never been apart for an entire two weeks, and though all of them were nervous about it, the one going off on her own was the most nervous. This was the oldest, thirteen-year-old Rosalind, and she was having a terrible time accepting that her sisters could survive without her.

Right now she was waiting in her bedroom for them to arrive. She didn’t want to be in her bedroom—she wanted to be with five-year-old Batty, getting her ready for bed just like she always did. But tonight Skye and Jane, the two middle sisters, were helping Batty with her bath and pajamas. Practice, Aunt Claire called it, or a dry run. She’d thought it would calm Rosalind to see that indeed she wasn’t absolutely needed when it came to Batty. And Rosalind would have been calm, except that the others were supposed to come to her room as soon as they were finished, and that should have been at least ten minutes ago. How could a simple bath take so long? They knew she wanted to have one last MOPS—that is, Meeting of Penderwick Sisters—before Batty had to go to sleep. One last MOPS before they were all separated for two weeks.

“Two whole weeks,” groaned Rosalind, then looked up hopefully, because she heard footsteps in the hall. They were here.

But it was only one of them—twelve-year-old Skye, the second sister—and she didn’t have the look of someone who’d just conducted a successful bath. Her blond hair was hanging in damp clumps and there were wet spots on her tee shirt.

“It’s not as bad as it looks,” she said. “Batty’s fine. She didn’t drown or anything.”

“Then what happened?”

“Hound got into the tub with her.”

That explained why Skye was so wet. The Penderwicks’ dog was large and enthusiastic—getting him out of a bathtub would make anyone wet. But it didn’t explain why he’d been in the bathroom the first place.

“Hound always tries to get into the tub,” said Rosalind. “That’s why he’s not allowed near Batty at bath time. Didn’t you know that?”

“Nope, and neither did Jane. But we know it now, and we’ll clean up the bathroom later. I promise.”

A dry run! The irony wasn’t lost on Rosalind. She was determined not to scold, though, not this very last night. “Where are the others?”

“Jane is helping Batty with her pajamas. They’ll be here soon.” Skye shook her head violently, tossing droplets of water across the room. “Where’s your Latin dictionary? I need to look up revenge.”

“On my bookshelf, though I wish you wouldn’t.” Rosalind knew why Skye was thinking about revenge, and that she’d been thinking of little else for the last twenty-four hours. Which was absolutely not the best way to prepare for the next two weeks. With Rosalind off in New Jersey, Skye would be the OAP—Oldest Available Penderwick—and she needed to concentrate on taking care of her two younger sisters, not on carrying out revenge. “Daddy says the best revenge is to be better than your enemy.”

“I’m doing that, too. Almost anyone could,” said Skye, leafing through the dictionary. “Here it is. Revenge: ultio or vindicta. Then it says: to take revenge on is se vindicare in. Se vindicare in Jeffrey’s loathsome mother. How do I say Jeffrey’s loathsome mother in Latin?”

Skye’s desire for revenge was justified—Rosalind knew that. Jeffrey was Jeffrey Tifton, a boy the Penderwicks had met the previous summer while renting a cottage at his mother’s estate, called Arundel. By the time that vacation was over, Jeffrey was their excellent friend and honorary brother, and since then the sisters had seen him as often as they could, which was nowhere near often enough. He was always too far away—either at Arundel, a few hours west of the Penderwicks’ home in Cameron, Massachusetts, or at his Boston boarding school, a few hours east of Cameron. It had been natural then for the younger three sisters to want Jeffrey in Maine with them, and with great hope, they’d invited him.

After much dilly-dallying and back-and-forthing by his mother, permission had finally been given, spirits raised, ecstatic phone calls exchanged—until suddenly, just that morning, a mere twenty-four hours before departure for Maine, the permission had been withdrawn. Jeffrey’s mother had decided that he wasn’t going with the Penderwicks. He wasn’t going anywhere. He was stuck at Arundel for the whole summer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Awesome

    I read the whole series and LOVED it! HIGHLY recommend the whole series!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

    So interesting! So cool!! Loved it!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This whole seris might be the best one I've read in my life. It all started when my teacher (hi Mrs.Moreau) read the first book in this seris aloud. These books are Great If you like book about families, animals, exitment, and funniness. Bottom line: READ THIS SERIS period. Over and out.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    OAP

    I truly hope Penderwick adventures don't end here.

    This truly has been the most exciting adventure yet. With hair cutting, spirit chants, twists, dogs, and a surprise with Jeffery: Jeanne Birdsall never misses a beat. She magically strings humor and romance to fit her latest book. OAP plays a big part of the Penderwick's third adventure. No Roslind. Skye becomes the new (and with improment) the new OAP!! Syke and her sisters head ot Maine for a vacation along with beloved Jeffery. But that sounds natural then Jeanne adds a little romance, heartbreak, and family into the mess the Penderwick sisters leave in Maine. This story will not keep you waiting. Once home Skye happily hands reins back to Roslind and the Penderwick vamily is back to Penderwick normal.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    U

    anybody who hasnt read a single WORD in any of these books is officially INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this series is... wait for it...




    AMAZING!!!!




    (P.S. can this font get any bigger?? If so, I want to make "AMAZING!!!!" bigger)

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2011

    It was amazing

    It was amazing but not as good as the second

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    Fourth Penderwicks Inside Scoop.

    The fourth Penderwicks will be set five and a half years later. The sisters will be teenagers and Nick Geiger will go to war. Is this going to be like Betsy Tacey? I don't know about you but Betsy getting married did not have the same charm as Betsy, Tacey and Tib's adventures. I really really hope that Hound is still alive. If you don't beleive me go to Jeanne Birdsall's website, then to About the Penderwicks, then to the interview with Jeanne at the Random acts of Reading website. Scroll down.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    The Penderwicks is a GREAT series. The author uses a writing st

    The Penderwicks is a GREAT series. The author uses a writing style that is the best I've ever read. The characters are realistic and able to realate to. (I'm Jane, through and through.) When the author is talking about Skye, I get excactly what she is feeling, even though I'm not much of a Skye. Temper, yes. Science and math, noooo. When Batty is in the limelight, there is perfect humour in the writing.
    When it's Jane, well, I can realate. When it's Rosalind, - who isn't really in this one, but the first and second.- I understand how SHE's feeling, even though I'm the youngest and always will be. Mercedes is a perfect addition to the third book, as she is a great character. I love how book three has the big BANG - all readers will know what I mean by this, right?- as that earns a book top marks, by my standards. I really hope there is a fourth Penderwicks! They are funny. well written, great characters, and overall wonderfull!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    LOOOVE IT

    I LOOVE THIS SERIES!!!! Honestly, these are the best books I have EVER read, and I can (truthfully) say that I can and do read four or five novels on a daily basis. ;) Read and enjoy or you are insane.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    So good

    You can tell Jeanne biirdsall is leaving hints for her next book. Her fansight says she will write a total of 5 books. Janes sabrina star books will continue,skye and jeffrey may fall in love(by the looks of it in the book) and batty will be back to her adventours with hound. Good book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    READ

    O M G!!!!!!! LOVE IT

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesome!

    I love this book! I've read both of the previous ones... all of them are terrific. I would definitely recommend them to a friend! The plot is great: not revealing too much in the beginning and letting the reader uncover the plot as the story goes on. Jeanne Birdsall did an awesome job!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2011

    I love this book- you have to read it!

    Great book! Exciting adventures that will keep you at the edge of your seat!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Love this series!

    I love this series! I love all of the different point of view and the characters are so interesting! Cant wait for more books!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2011

    !wonderful heartwarming,buy for sure

    Greart book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Great book

    I loved it. I love the penderwick books and this one was amazing. I cried,laughed, and wished it never ended.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    The Penderwicks on Point Mouette

    The Penderwick family is being torn apart, sending Mr. Penderwick and his new wife Iantha to England, Rosalind to New Jersey, and the rest to Maine with Aunt Claire. Skye is left in charge as the OAP, a fact which has everyone concerned. Overall, a very enjoyable story of the love of family and the power of friendship.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so amazing! I didn't get it on my nook, but i got it at my school library. I am only on page 27, and it is already AMAZING!!!!!!!i have the two other books in the series on my bookshelves. I cant wait to see if there is a fourth book!!!

    JEANNE BIRDSALL- I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    I am going into third and i read the first one

    I am going into third gade i read the first one i want this one and the second one but i think there are going to be two more

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Sorry,

    Im sorry bn.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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