Teen Review: The Penderwicks
Review by Jet, age 13
The Penderwicks, though written for a middle grade level, is the type of book you can read over and over again. It portrays four sisters, their galumph-y and affectionate dog, a loving but slightly distant father, and Jeffrey, the mysterious boy who lives near the Penderwicks' summer cottage.
The four sisters are as follows:
Rosalind Penderwick, 12, quite responsible, and always looking out for her youngest sister.
Skye Penderwick, 11, rough-and tumble and very competitive, really smart and is teaching herself algebra over the summer.
Jane Penderwick, 10, in her own world most of the time, wants to be an author and writes books about a character of her own invention, Sabrina Starr.
Batty Pederwick, 4, shy, loves their dog Hound more than anything in the world, and always wears a pair of butterfly wings.
When their summer cottage is sold out from under them and the Penderwicks are faced with the possibility of not going away for the summer, their father scrambles and finds a place for rent called Arundel. Their new cottage is on the property of a large mansion run by the stuck up and imposing Ms. Tifton. The Penderwick children discover that Ms. Tifton's son, Jeffrey, is not at all like his mother, and they become good friends. Their adventures are filled with hilarity, laughter, and lots of fun.
The feeling you get when you read The Penderwicks is a cozy, warm, happy one, perhaps with a bit of longing mixed in, for you can't help wanting to BE the Penderwicks. I feel lucky just getting to read about them. The writing is the type that instantly transports you into the world of the Penderwicks, a world full to bursting with love, humour, chaos, absurdity, laughter, a burnt pan of cookies, an escaped rabbit, and some Latin.
And the best part? It's a series! There are three more books to enjoy!