Thursday, October 20, 2011

Book Review: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
by Jeanne Birdsall 
295 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 10, 2011
Source: Library
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?

The Penderwicks are back and as charming as ever! This time they're vacationing at Point Mouette in Maine. Skye has become the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick, and therefore in charge) in her older sister Rosalind's absence and she doubts whether or not she has the fortitude to really handle the responsibility. Jane has a sudden bout of writers block, that is until she meets the strangely fascinating Dominic. And Batty is, well Batty. :)

I LOVE these stories. Really, I do. The Penderwicks is one of my favorite books of all time. Jeanne Birdsall uses a perfect mix of childhood whimsy and fun that makes each of her books a joy to read and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is no exception. Its equal parts hilarious, and poignant and all around a fantastic novel.

Each character was marvelously multi-faceted especially the Penderwick sisters. Skye was just as tough and obstinate as ever, but this time she also showed a caring side as she took on the responsibility of being the OAP. Jane was perfectly overdramatic and lovestruck which led to a lot of humorous moments. And Batty was her same sweet hound loving self though this time she also showed a lot of maturity. I guess book characters have to grow up too. *sniff sniff*

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is full of fun surprises. Family secrets, first kisses, moose watching, and accidental haircuts are just some of the wonderful adventures that are in store if you choose to read this book, which I certainly hope you do.

5 out of 5 ice cream cones for The Penderwicks at Point Mouette!

Julia :)

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