The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

By: Jeanne Birdsall

On vacation in Maine, Skye is the Oldest Available Penderwick; Jane falls in love; Batty finds her musical talent; and their friend Jeffrey makes a startling discovery.
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ISBN: 9780375858512


Series: The Penderwicks
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Topics: Sisters , Aunts , Vacations , Family life , Interpersonal relationships , Music and musicians , Caring for younger siblings , Maine

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

With Father and Iantha and little stepbrother Ben off to England for a honeymoon, and Rosalind away at the Jersey shore, Skye is feeling the heavy responsibility of being the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) as she, Jane, Batty, and their friend Jeffrey head to Maine with Aunt Claire for two weeks. Disaster strikes early on when Aunt Claire sev

With Father and Iantha and little stepbrother Ben off to England for a honeymoon, and Rosalind away at the Jersey shore, Skye is feeling the heavy responsibility of being the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) as she, Jane, Batty, and their friend Jeffrey head to Maine with Aunt Claire for two weeks. Disaster strikes early on when Aunt Claire severely sprains her ankle. Fortunately, a kindly and interesting neighbor, Alec McGrath, and his friend Turron Asabere, both musicians, step in to help. Nevertheless, Skye is still feeling stressed and inadequate, concerned about Batty’s safety near the water and exasperated by Jane, who is struggling with her latest Sabrina Starr novel, intended to be a love story requiring a survey on the subject from everyone she meets. Jane’s own first love is an annoying skateboarder, Dominic, whose only saving grace is his endearing little sister, Mercedes. But, as Jeffrey is drawn to Alec and his piano, and Batty, too, discovers her own budding musical talent, the vacation is progressing nicely until Jane’s chopping off her hair in response to Dominic’s rejection sets off a chain of events with dramatic and heart-wrenching consequences. The plot pivots on an almost incredible coincidence, but Birdsall’s skillful handling so engulfs readers that it comes across as entirely possible, and the resolution is totally satisfying. This continuation of the Penderwick family saga has all the fine qualities of the previous books: well-drawn, distinctive characters; humor, both subtle and hilarious; rich language; and an engrossing, well-paced narrative. While it stands alone, readers will eagerly look forward to the next installment.—Marie Orlando, formerly at Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY

Horn Book

At the start of the Penderwicks’ third book, Daddy and Iantha, with little Ben in tow, are off to England for a scientific-conference-slash-honeymoon while the four sisters—Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty—face their first-ever, two-long-weeks separation. Rosalind is getting a much-deserved break from being OAP (Oldest Available

At the start of the Penderwicks’ third book, Daddy and Iantha, with little Ben in tow, are off to England for a scientific-conference-slash-honeymoon while the four sisters—Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty—face their first-ever, two-long-weeks separation. Rosalind is getting a much-deserved break from being OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick), vacationing with her best friend’s family in New Jersey, while the three younger girls, supervised by Aunt Claire, retreat to Maine; easing the sting somewhat is the welcome company of Jeffrey, the sisters’ brother-from-another-mother (and what a terrible mother he has). The story focuses on this latter group, as second-born Skye, self-confidence flagging, reluctantly takes up the mantle of OAP; Jane seeks inspiration for the love story she’s writing; and Batty—who knew?—shows real promise as a budding musician. Birdsall, per usual, also treats readers to some strong supporting players: aloof skateboarder Dominic (Jane’s crush) and his little sister Rosy (kindred spirit to Batty); overzealous canine Hoover; and, most notably, next-door neighbor Alec, who unwittingly but profoundly transforms Jeffrey’s life. Just as in the previous books (The Penderwicks, rev. 7/05; The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, rev. 7/08), there’s great give-and-take between the story’s pastoral, old-fashioned sensibility and its modern-day details. All in all, it’s a pleasure to tag along with this idiosyncratic bunch, and also to see everyone comfortably back home again.

Junior Library Guild

  • Jeanne Birdsall’s prose is warm and familiar, with a tone that is reminiscent of classic children’s novels: “Jane added, ‘And I’m also going to nurse you, Aunt Claire. Soothe your spirits and bathe your forehead.’ They all looked at Aunt Claire to see how interested she was in forehead bathing, but the
    • Jeanne Birdsall’s prose is warm and familiar, with a tone that is reminiscent of classic children’s novels: “Jane added, ‘And I’m also going to nurse you, Aunt Claire. Soothe your spirits and bathe your forehead.’ They all looked at Aunt Claire to see how interested she was in forehead bathing, but the singing had tired her out, and she was asleep.”
    • The primary characters are well developed, with distinctive voices. The Penderwick sisters are endearing, intelligent, and delightfully articulate.
    • Jane’s research for her new Sabrina Starr book and her ill-fated crush on the undeserving Dominic—who she believes has “hidden depths”—is both funny and poignant.
    • Birdsall balances humorous and emotional content throughout the story. A revelation involving Jeffrey is an amazing yet believable coincidence and an exciting subplot.
    • Penderwick fans will relish this third installment, but knowledge of the previous books is not necessary to enjoy this one.

Book Details

ISBN

9780375858512

Genre

Dewey Classification

Fic

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

320

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.6; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 7.3; Points: 17;

Lexile

Level 940L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Knopf

Potentially Sensitive Areas

No sensitive areas,

Topics

Sisters, Aunts, Vacations, Family life, Interpersonal relationships, Music and musicians, Caring for younger siblings, Maine,

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