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The Penderwicks

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall is the perfect summer book. It’s actually a great book any time of the year, but especially in summer. The four Penderwick sisters–Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty–and their father have rented a cottage for three weeks on the grounds of a large estate called Arundel. The family dog, Hound, is also along for the fun. And fun they have, with a bit of heartahce and several dashes of adventure thrown in for good measure. There’s a chase with a bull, plenty of soccer, target practice with bows and arrows, a fiasco at a garden competition, eavesdropped conversations, two very fluffy and hungry rabbits named Carla and Yaz, and a rope ladder that leads to Jeffrey’s room in the large house owned by his mother, Mrs. Tifton. Jeffrey and the Penderwicks get along famously, but Mrs. Tifton can’t stand the girls. It isn’t long before Mrs. Tifton decides it’s time to send Jeffrey packing to Pencey Military Academy where he’ll learn, she hopes, to be just like his military-minded grandfather. Trouble is, Jeffrey thinks being a soldier is just about the worst thing imaginable. He’d much rather be a musician. But Mrs. Tifton is in no mood to listen to what Jeffrey wants. Can the Penderwicks help Jeffrey escape his fate or are their schemes just disaster waiting to happen?


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