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The Penderwicks is an adventure-family life book, written by Jeanne Birdsall, and published in 2005. It is sub-titled A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits and a Very Interesting Boy. The book was a success, winning the US National Book Award for Young People's Literature in 2005.[1] A sequel, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, was published in 2008.

The Penderwicks are four sisters, all with completely different characters. Rosalind, the eldest, is responsible and practical; Skye is next, stubborn and feisty; Jane, third, is dreamy and artistic; and shy Batty, the youngest, who won't go anywhere without her butterfly wings and her dog. When the girls, their father and the dog head off on holiday, they have no idea how that summer will transform their lives. Instead of the cottage they expect, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon, the girls are discovering the magic of the sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits – and a boy called Jeffrey, who becomes their accomplice in their adventures. But the girls also gain an enemy: the icy-hearted owner, Mrs Tifton. She doesn't approve of the four sisters at all, and they given grave warnings to stay out of trouble. But trouble goes hand-in-hand with the accident-prone Penderwicks...

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Really good book. I couldn't wait to get back to the book and then I finished it really quickly.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 10+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 9+


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External Links


  1. Information about the National Book Award 2005

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