The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

by Jeanne Birdsall

Paperback, 2012

Status

Available

Collection

Publication

Yearling (2012), Edition: Reprint, 320 pages

Description

Classic Literature. Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. HTML:With over one million copies sold, 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. 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 joyfu… (more)

Language

Original language

English

Original publication date

2011-05-10

Physical description

320 p.; 7.62 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Kaethe
It's vacation time and the Penderwicks are splitting up. The parents and baby Ben are out of the way in the UK. Rosalind is having a vacation off in New Jersey at the shore with her best friend. That leaves Skye to be the Oldest Available Penderwick, in charge of herself, Jane, Batty, Jeffrey, and
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Hound at the coast in Maine with Aunt Claire who is quickly disabled to give the kids both a responsible adult around and the freedom to take action.

It's marvelous. Each child is free to pursue his or her own interests and to meet new people and have new adventures. Birdsall's great strength is showing how important relatively small adventures are to kids, and the book is charmingly old-fashioned without being fake old-timey.
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LibraryThing member foggidawn
The Penderwick family is about to be split up for two whole weeks! While Mr. Penderwick and his new bride go to England for their honeymoon, Rosalind has been invited to spend the time with her friend Anna at the Jersey shore, while Aunt Claire and the three younger Penderwicks go to Point Mouette
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in Maine. Skye is extremely nervous about being the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick), and all three of the girls are disappointed that Jeffrey, their friend from the previous summer, is not going to be allowed to come with them. Then, at the last minute, word comes that Jeffrey's mother has had a change of heart, and he will be joining the girls at Point Mouette. Each of the girls embarks on a project: Skye is determined to keep working on her soccer skills, and make sure that no catastrophes overtake the sisters while they are in her care. Jane is writing her next book about adventure-loving Sabrina Starr, and is determined that, in this book, Sabrina will fall in love. Unfortunately, Jane has no experience in that department herself . . . until she meets silent, skateboard-riding Dominic. Batty begins collecting golf balls from a nearby golf course, and learning how to play the harmonica that Jeffrey gives her -- despite the fact that no other Penderwick has any sort of musical talent whatsoever. Of course, all of these storylines meld together into another sweet, heart-warming summer story of family and friendship, with a few surprises and, yes, minor catastrophes along the way. Readers new to the series should start with the first volume, but those who already know and love the Penderwick sisters will delight in their further adventures.
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LibraryThing member bell7
In their third adventure, the Penderwick sisters are going on vacation. Their father and Ianthe are going on their honeymoon to England, Rosalind is going to New Jersey, and the other three girls are going to Point Mouette with their Aunt Claire. This leaves Skye as the OAP (oldest available
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Penderwick). She's not sure she can do it. What if something goes wrong? What if Batty's inconsolable, or drowns, or blows up?

Reading the Penderwick books reminds me of Otis. When I was a young kid, my family used to go to a family member's summer homes in this small town in the Berkshires. It was way in the woods, far from "civilization" and trouble and worry and real life, but it was an indelible part of my childhood summers and I have so many great memories of spending time with family there. Reading the Penderwicks is sort of like that. They're a generally happy family with small family woes, but somehow removed from Issues and violence, and it's just plain hard to be stressed when you listen to their everyday, modern-but-no-cell-phones stories. Is the plot line sometimes predictable and sappy? Well, yes, but who really cares when you're enjoying the interactions between Skye and Jane while the latter goes slightly gaga over a boy, and Batty tries to convince her older sisters that she really does enjoy music, and all the other true-to-life family interactions that made me laugh? I can't stay stressed when I read this books, and I loved every minute of the audio production.
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LibraryThing member labfs39
I simply love the Penderwicks! Smart, brave, and loyal, the Penderwick sisters' adventures are captivating and charming. It can be difficult to find children's books that are sufficiently compelling for both adults and children to read together, and which don't contain violence or teen issues. This
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series fits the bill perfectly.

In this, the most recent book about the Penderwick family, Skye, Jane, Batty, and Aunt Claire join the girls' friend Jeffrey in Maine for two weeks. Since Rosalind is going on vacation with a friend, this is the first time that Skye will be the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick). She spends her time worrying about all her responsibilities (what had Rosalind said about Batty and blowing up?) and reading about black holes. Jane is doing research on love for her next Sabrina Star book, and, with Jeffrey's help, Batty discovers a hidden talent. When Aunt Claire's ankle is severly twisted, the kids get help from their neighbor, Alec. Moose, golf balls, fire gods, jazz, and, of course, their dog Hound, all play a role in making this the most satisfying Penderwick book yet.

My daughter and I agree: five stars.
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LibraryThing member bookappeal
The Penderwick girls spend 2 weeks apart when Rosalind goes on a trip with a friend and Aunt Clare takes Batty, Jane and temporary OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) Skye to a beach cabin in Maine. Jeffrey joins them and the usual mayhem and adventure ensues. At the end of 2 weeks, they've all
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discovered something new about themselves. A sweet series of friendship and family.
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LibraryThing member ChristianR
I have enjoyed this series, especially the first book, but at first was a little bored by this one. The family was going in different directions for their summer vacation for the first time, and Skye, Jane, Batty, Hound and Aunt Claire were headed to Maine for a few weeks without their father, his
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new wife, her small child Ben, and Rosalind, the oldest daughter. This meant that Skye had to take on the responsibility of OAP, Oldest Available Penderwick, and she was a wreck about it. That was the part that got old for me. Fortunately, the story took off towards the middle and got really good by the end, making me cry in several places. Jeffrey, their good friend from last summer, joined them and they all made great friends with the man next door, Alec, a musician. Jeffrey in particular enjoyed Alec because Jeffrey is also serious about music. There is a pleasant old fashioned feel to the books even though they are set in the present.
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LibraryThing member whitreidtan
Despite having more than my fair share of children, I don't generally read a lot of children's literature. My kids' tastes and mine rarely gibe well and I buy enough books for myself that I decided I didn't need to be buying kid books for myself too. But if I think I can convince my kids to give
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them a try, they are fair game. And then there are some that I don't even care if the kids will read them or not because I just love them so much. The Mr. Putter and Tabby books are one such series (although even the teenaged girl will still coo happily when I bring a new one of those home) and this Penderwick series by Jane Birdsall is another.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is the third in this completely delightful, charming, and nostalgic feeling series of books that started with the National Book Award winning The Penderwicks. It is the continuation of the summer adventures of the four Penderwick sisters, their absent-minded father, their gallumping dog Hound, and their friend Jeffrey. In this installment of the series, Rosalind goes off with a friend to the beach while the three younger Penderwicks head to Maine with Jeffrey and their Aunt Claire while their father is on his honeymoon in England. Sweet adventures abound as they make the acquaintance of their neighbor in the next cottage, Jane falls in love for the first time, and Batty learns to play the harmonica and some piano. Like the previous entries in the series, this is a heartwarming and lovely tale with characters it is impossible not to love. There's more of the old-fashioned feel of the other books as well, which is completely welcome after too many children's books written revolving around a moral instead of a good, solid tale. Great storytelling, fluid writing, likeable characters, and a continuing sense of fun will keep this series on my to buy list long after my children are too old to use as an excuse for acquiring it.
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LibraryThing member Kaethe
It's vacation time and the Penderwicks are splitting up. The parents and baby Ben are out of the way in the UK. Rosalind is having a vacation off in New Jersey at the shore with her best friend. That leaves Skye to be the Oldest Available Penderwick, in charge of herself, Jane, Batty, Jeffrey, and
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Hound at the coast in Maine with Aunt Claire who is quickly disabled to give the kids both a responsible adult around and the freedom to take action.

It's marvelous. Each child is free to pursue his or her own interests and to meet new people and have new adventures. Birdsall's great strength is showing how important relatively small adventures are to kids, and the book is charmingly old-fashioned without being fake old-timey.
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LibraryThing member scote23
Still a wonderful series. I found this one to be a little more predictable at times--one of the major twists I was able to guess early-- but otherwise, this is still a family that I love to read about over and over again. I listened to it on audio and really enjoyed it.
LibraryThing member jfoster_sf
This is the third book in the Penderwicks series and it's just as good as the first two! I love these books so much and tell everyone to read them=D
LibraryThing member Salsabrarian
Narrated by Susan Denaker. Can it be that the Penderwick family is breaking apart? Not exactly. Father and his new wife and her young son are off to England for a conference. Rosalind will vacation in New Jersey with friends. And the rest of the Penderwick girls will spend two weeks in Maine with
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Aunt Claire. The focus is on the girls in Maine: Skye, who feels the weight of being the Oldest Available Penderwick; Jane, who longs to understand more about love so she can write a new Sabrina book; and Batty, who discovers a talent for music, thanks to the girls’ best friend Jeffrey who joins them in Maine and receives an uncertain surprise while there. Denaker narrates with a restrained calm, easy on the ears, pleasant; a comfortable pacing that suits this wholesome story.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Just about perfect. As others have said, it feels sweet and nostalgic, and has a lot more love than so many books now, but it's also fully in touch with enough modern issues that it feels entirely real. The only minor quibble I have is that Batty is five now, and her sisters should let her grow up
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a bit and not baby her so much. Maybe in the next book she'll tell them that she can bathe herself.

A taste so you can see why the little girl in me loves these characters. Skye, the most tomboyish, is admitting to Jane, only a bit younger, that a few months ago she kissed a classmate. He promised he'd finally stop asking me out if I kissed him just once. So I kissed him, then punched him. He didn't seem to mind.""
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LibraryThing member fingerpost
On this third Penderwick adventure, Rosalind and the parents are out of the story. Skye is the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) as the three youngest sisters go on a two-week vacation in Maine with their Aunt Claire. Skye is terrified of having so much responsibility, and is especially worried
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about Batty blowing up. Jeffery (from the first book) joins them on the trip. We meet Alex, a musician who is a neighbor to the cottage they are staying in, and the brother/sister pair, Dominick (with whom Jane falls madly in love) and Mercedes (who quickly becomes Batty's best friend.)
As with the two earlier books, the brilliance is in Birdsall's wonderful writing, the wry humor that permeates nearly every page, the uniquely precocious, but entirely likeable girls, and also Hound, the family dog, who behave exactly like dogs do, but is always described in such a way to make him fully a character in tale.
In the last third of the book, there is an unexpected plot twist and the story changes register for a while, taking a sharp left turn towards drama instead of the light humor that makes this series so wonderful. After 30 or 40 pages, we drift back to a more fun mood, and we're back on track for the rest of the story.
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
The Penderwicks are once again on holiday in this third novel devoted to their adventures, following upon The Penderwicks and The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. This time around, Mr. Penderwick, Iantha and young Ben are off to England; Rosalind is at the New Jersey shore with her best friend Anna;
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and Skye, Jane, Batty and Hound are off to Point Mouette, Maine with their Aunt Claire. As Skye frets about being the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) for the first time, Jane falls in love with an unworthy skateboarder, and Batty discovers her unexpected musical talent, it is Jeffrey - who is staying with the Penderwicks at Point Mouette - who experiences the most surprising thing of all, meeting his long-lost father, Alec, who had had no idea of his existence. This last development dominates the latter portion of the story, which concludes with the Penderwicks reunited...

I enjoyed The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, although perhaps not as much as its two predecessors. The first half of the book is a lighthearted holiday adventure, while the second veers off into drama. Given my fondness for vintage children's books, and the fact that Jeanne Birdsall's work self-consciously echoes some of those books, I was expecting that we would meet Jeffrey's father at some point in the series, so this development didn't surprise me, and was actually quite entertaining. That said, the depiction of Jeffrey's reaction to his new situation - he is angry at both his mother, for not telling his father he existed, and his father, for not somehow guessing that he existed - felt somewhat off to me. It's not that his initial emotional reaction was unrealistic - after all, he is a child, and wants the adults to behave like adults, and protect him from hurt - it's more that his anger feels like it is being justified and vindicated by the narrative, even though it should be clear that the only one to blame is his mother, and that his father is also a victim. It's not so much that I wanted Birdsall to "correct" Jeffrey's position, but I found it odd that none of the other characters even once considered mentioning how unfair it was to blame Alec for the fact that he never knew about Jeffrey. Perhaps we're meant to think that, as a child, Jeffrey is too young and vulnerable to be expected to think ethically? If so, I find that odd, as I would certainly have considered such issues myself, as a child.

Leaving aside the issue of Jeffrey's reaction to his changed circumstances, I did enjoy this third foray into the world of the Penderwicks, and had no sooner finished it than I was reaching for the fourth, The Penderwicks in Spring. That is surely a strong recommendation.
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LibraryThing member deslivres5
The continuing saga of the Penderwick family. Another summer adventure, this time at Point Mouette, Maine. Several of the family members are away on their own adventures, but the majority are in Maine and make some new friends.
Excellent storytelling, following along as the family ages.
LibraryThing member reader1009
children's fiction. Quality children's literature for the 21st century--slower paced but extremely very charming. I don't know how I haven't discovered this series earlier. A few notes: each book is self-standing (don't need to read others in series, don't need to read in order); should appeal to
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wide range of ages (but may need to keep a dictionary handy). Some sad points: Mrs. Penderwick, the mom, died of cancer 5 years ago; Mr P remarried a nice lady with a baby. The sisters' friend Jeffrey does not know who his dad is; his mom has since remarried and won't tell him anything. Batty=Elizabeth=5 years old, but thinks/acts more like 7, Jane (the writer) is 11, Skye (the astronomist) is 12, and the eldest is Rosalind.
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LibraryThing member Turrean
I find my heart must belong to any book that contains lines like this: "Jane had occasionally tried to develop her own hidden depths, but she never could decide what to hide and how far down."
LibraryThing member fuzzi
It's vacation time and the younger Penderwicks are headed to Maine with Aunt Claire. With Rosalind in NJ visiting a girlfriend, Skye is put in charge but feels inadequate. While Jane is researching love for her latest book, Batty has taken an interest in music. It won't be a boring two weeks in
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Pointe Mouette, the Penderwicks are in residence! Fun read.
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Pages

320

Rating

(176 ratings; 4.3)
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