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Dear Pen Pal (The Mother-Daughter Book Club #3)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  5,206 Ratings  ·  279 Reviews
For the mother-daughter book club, everything changes in eighth grade.

Could the book club break up? When Jess is offered an anonymous scholarship to a prestigious boarding school, she's not sure that leaving home -- and her friends -- is what she wants to do. Meanwhile Megan's grandmother comes for a long visit and turns everything in the Wong household upside down;
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published September 17th 2009)
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Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it it was amazing
It’s no secret that I loved the first book in The Mother Daughter Book Club series. You can read my review (with a perfect score to match) here. Now I will gush about how much I loved the next two books.
I enjoyed reading about Emma, Jess, Cassidy, and Megan during their seventh and eighth grade years at school. With the addition of stuck-up Becca, there is plenty of drama to go around.
Much Ado About Anne is based on the classic Anne of Green Gables. In this book, the girls are trying to s
I actually finished this third instalment of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series a couple of months ago, and then promptly forgot to review it (perhaps because while definitely enjoyable, the novel is also again rather stereotypical in many ways, with especially Lily Wong once more being presented as a very stock and cardboard like eponymous vegan "activist" character, although I do have to admit that she does become increasingly developed, nuanced and human by the end of Dear Pen Pal). But I g ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librarybooks
The Mother Daughter Book Club are back for the girl's 8th grade year and Jess is not going to be together with the girls at Walden Middle School as she has been accepted on Scholarship to go to Colonial Academy in Town which is a boarding school. Jess and the girls are upset about it, but at least they get to see each other on weekends. Plus when the book club in start a pen pal exchange with a book club in Wyoming from an idea they read from the book Daddy-Longlegs, the girls think it is okay. ...more
Julie Graves
Jan 08, 2010 Julie Graves rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
Dear Pen Pal is the 3rd installment of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series. A group of girls and their mother have formed a reading group to discuss books that they read throughout the year. In Dear Pen Pal the group is reading Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. This year the mother’s have paired the girls up with another Mother-Daughter book club group. This group is in Wyoming. The mother’s from both groups decide that the girls should become Pen-Pals. When the mother’s say Pen-Pals they do not ...more
Cindy Hudson
Jan 07, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
Emma, Jess, Megan and Cassidy are back for another year of reading in their mother-daughter book club in Heather Vogel Frederick’s new book, Dear Pen Pal. Cracking this third book in the mother-daughter book club series is like reconnecting with old friends. The girls are in eighth grade this year, and they’ve learned a lot about friendship and family relationships.

In their ever-evolving lives, as it is with most of us, just when they figure out how to handle one challenge, another pops up. This
Dec 31, 2010 Kaarin rated it liked it
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Dec 22, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Really enjoyed this installment - the personalities of each of the girls is emerging more (except for Becca, of course, but then we don't hear from her). I wasn't sure how much I would like this one because I haven't read any of Jean Webster's books, but I'm headed to the bookstore tomorrow in search of Daddy-Long-Legs which sounds wonderful (digression - oh, how I wish I had had a Miss Sparrow to point me toward good books. I only found Betsy's Wedding by accident and I completely missed Anne o ...more
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Dear Pen Pal by Heather Vogel Frederick

I wish this series was around when I was in middle school and my mother was still alive; I think we would have enjoyed reading these books together. This is the third book in the series. A group of girls are friends and members of a mother/daughter book club. Each book focuses on a different group member but the chapters are told in alternating narration of all the girls. In this book, Cassidy's mother is having a baby, Megan's mother
Parker  Peterson
Oct 20, 2016 Parker Peterson rated it it was amazing
Dear Pen Pal, by Heather Vogel Frederick, is about how even though people are far away from each other, they can still be friends and have fun together. It is the third book in a series called the Mother-Daughter Book Club. The genre is realistic fiction and it takes place in the present, at each of the girl's houses. The author uses descriptive details and shows things that makes it seem like the reader is in the story with the girls. The main characters are Emma Hawthorne, Jess Delaney, Megan ...more
I am starting to get used to the contemporary setting and often improbable situations of this series, and despite all of the criticism listed below, I find these books to be quite a lot of fun to read (though decidedly imperfect).

This book continues with many of the points that especially frustrate me. Specifically, the way Mrs. Wong and Mrs. Chadwick are portrayed. I really hope the author phases out all the health jokes regarding Mrs. Wong. By the third book I was hoping that would ease up a
Bridget R. Wilson
[8th grade year. The girls are reading Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster and dealing with many changes. Frederick keeps picking my favorite
books for the girls to read. Can't wait to see what they read next.:]

Emma, Jess, Megan, and Cassidy are now eighth-graders. Things change for the girls this year. Jess goes to local boarding school. Cassidy has to deal with her sister leaving for college and her mom's pregnancy. The book club is still going strong. This year, they are reading Daddy-Long-Legs b
Oct 14, 2010 Jessica rated it liked it
i liked book 3 as well, but i haven't ever read "daddy long legs" which is the book the girls read in it, and i think that prevented me from loving it quite as much as book 2. i'm beginning to think that perhaps i love this series more for the nostalgia it brings me in remembering the first time i read the books that they cover than anything else. if that even makes sense. i did like the developments in this book, with the core group of girls being slightly split up, but still maintaining friend ...more
Oct 12, 2010 Sallie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrensbooks
You all knew this would be my choice didn't you??? I save these books to savor slowly instead of gulping down all at once. Sooooo good!!

I just finished MDBC #3 and loved it as much as I have the other 2. I wanted to go slowly, but instead I devoured it in practically one sitting. My only caveat is that, like Gigi, I like the movie 'Daddy Long-Legs" because I love Fred Astaire in all his musicals (even Finian's Rainbow which is probably the weakest of them all), and it never bothers me that he's
May 21, 2014 Jillian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
The series is getting stronger as each of the characters begins to find her voice a little better. I only had to flip back once to see whose chapter I was on.
Some good character development for both moms and daughters - Clementine's use of the contract didn't seem outright abusive/blackmail-ish the way it did in book one, and Lily Wong had some good growth (but we could have seen a little bit more of the process on-screen - what was the actual catalyst, Megan or her fear for Gigi?).
I didn't find
Jul 20, 2016 C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-school
I'm loving this entire series, and I particularly love the way the difficult characters are worth all the effort involved in reaching out to them. Calliope Chadwick is hands down my favourite: plump and bossy and brave (as only a fat woman trying a new look can be brave), but unexpectedly vulnerable, and thoughtful, and with a girlhood of her own that we finally get to see in this book (when we meet her former roommate). I love her; I cheer her on the whole time I'm reading. A close second in my ...more
Oct 09, 2011 Melody rated it liked it
Let's get this out of the way first: I don't like Jean Webster's books. The only one I've read in recent memory was DADDY-LONG-LEGS, and it didn't work for me. The fact that the girls all loved it, then, didn't exactly ring true, though I was not bothered by the girls being unanimous in their enjoyment of LITTLE WOMEN or ANNE OF GREEN GABLES.

I had a hard time keeping the voices straight in this one, and I couldn't tell one pen pal from the other, even after the real-life pen pals came on stage.
May 21, 2012 Brindi rated it really liked it
a favorite quote from the book, "'A good cup of tea never hurts and usually helps' is her motto." I prefer coffee, but I love it!

Also, it's great watching the girls grow up and seeing the mother's influences on them and vice versa.
Aug 08, 2012 Carolynne rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-stories
Delightful entry in the Mother-Daughter Book Club series, a strong four stars. Readers who enjoy treasures of the past such as the Betsy-Tacy series, Anne of Green Gables, Little Women, and Daddy Long Legs will love this series: this book focuses on Daddy Long Legs.
Jenny Thurlow
May 29, 2014 Jenny Thurlow rated it liked it
Not that this book was in any way challenging it was merely hard to get interested in. I liked the other books in the series but this one was rather dry. I had never even heard if Daddy Long-legs so there was a loss of a previous connection.
Jun 30, 2014 Mia rated it really liked it
Dear Pen Pal is the third book in this series, ad I love how it deals with a lot of the emotional parts of life a girl must deal with. 4 stars from me on this book.
Sep 13, 2010 Cori rated it it was amazing
I love this book.. all of the books in the series are good. Any girl who likes to read should read them. Pies and Prejudice comes out tomorrow!!!
Aug 16, 2011 Prathusha rated it liked it
Jan 23, 2011 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Who thinks Jess is awesome??????????

Go this series!
Feb 05, 2016 Claire rated it it was amazing
Very good!
Jan 02, 2017 Arya rated it really liked it
All the girls have there own problems going on whether its school, family, or even clothes. Although, the girls are always there for each other. They start a new book and actually meet new people from Wyoming. They start a pen pal system and get pretty close to them. They share secrets and still manage to stay close. Although. one girl shares the news that she is going to a boarding school. Will the girls still manage to stay close and keep the book club going?
Feb 04, 2017 Maddie rated it really liked it
Love this book!
Ella Brickman
Oct 12, 2016 Ella Brickman rated it it was amazing
Just reread it about four years after I read it the first time. I forgot how much I loved these books!
Dec 28, 2013 Irene rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Upper elementary and younger middle school girls
Shelves: children
Another great installment of The Mother-Daughter Book Club series!

When you get right down to it, this book is pretty much just "more of the same" - but in a good way. The book itself readily admits that Savannah Sinclair is basically like a Becca 2.0, but she's just different enough to make the story line seem new. Again, each of the teenage book club members - now in 8th grade - has her own problems, and most middle school readers will probably relate to some part of the book in some way.

I rea
Jan 04, 2017 Reem rated it it was amazing
This one may be lengthy but is amazing bringing up challenges the girls face with courage.
Ailbhe Killalea
Dec 22, 2016 Ailbhe Killalea rated it liked it
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