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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette (The Penderwicks #3)

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With over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner andNew York Timesbestseller 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,
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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When Jeanne Birdsall’s first middle grade novel The Penderwicks was published in 2005 it committed a crime. A crime shared, I might add, by books written by authors like Dr. Seuss, J.K. Rowling, and even Jeff Kinney. They say no good deed goes unpunished. Well, the creation of The Penderwicks was a good deed to children across the world in need of great fiction that’s homey and familiar without being cloying. Books that are touching a meaningful but never saccharine. In creating such a book Ms. ...more
In this, the third, installment in the PENDERWICKS series, the three youngest sisters, Skye, Jane, and Batty (along with Hound) summer vacation with their aunt in a small house on the coast. While this means that there's very little of Rosalind (a character I did miss) it meant that Skye had to be the OAP (oldest Penderwick available) which was a delightful plot arc! Skye must deal with her OAP responsibilities and worries. Jane must deal with writer's block and love (both for Sabrina Starr and, ...more
I want to be an honorary Penderwick! The third Penderwicks installment is even more charming, even more lovely, and even more hilarious. Here are the things I love about this book:

1) I read it during a very stressful few days and this book comforted me when I thought my head would explode.

2) Skye may be my new favorite Penderwick (she's quickly edging out Batty). Skye, I feel ya - the overwhelming responsibility thing stinks. Too much pressure! But she handled it with aplomb.

3) Oceanside setting
The third story in the Penderwicks series (I won’t say “trilogy” as I hope there will be more!) is perfect for summer as, once again, we find the young Penderwicks enjoying their summer vacation in a beautiful natural setting, skillfully removing them from the everyday world of the present day and installing them in a tiny coastal area in Maine called Pointe Mouette. Surrounded by the surf, rocky cliffs, pine forests and the occasional seals, moose and seagulls, the girls and their friend Jeffre ...more
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 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 ...more
It's impossible to hate the Penderwicks. They're just so darn... charming. Yet at the same time, they aren't just super-cute-perfect girls. They have human flaws. They make mistakes. That's what makes the books about them so amazing.
This is a children's book, yes, I realize ( I read the first one at a bit of a young age, and, oh, I simply cannot quit the series). Still, adults will love it. Teens who get over the fact it's a children's book will love it. There's not really anything to hate. Sinc
Brandy Painter
Review originally posted here.

There are some authors you can just always count on. You know that they will not disappoint or let you down. Even if they have in some way changed their style or grown, like an old friend, you know they are going to still fit you. For me Jeanne Birdsall is one such author. I have read many books I haven't enjoyed all that much in the past few weeks so when her latest novel, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, arrived at my door yesterday I was positively gleeful. Beca
Vikki VanSickle
Happiness is reading a Penderwicks novel, so you can imagine my delight when this ARC arrived at the store. I was DOUBLY thrilled to discover that this is only the third in a projected five book series! I cannot wait to spend two more whole books with my favourite fictional family (save perhaps the March girls. Or the Weasleys…)

In this third installment, beloved Mr. Penderwick and his new wife Iantha are taking a belated honeymoon in England and Rosalind is getting a well-earned vacation in New
Bobby Simic
I tried, I really did try, to adore this entry as I did the other two books in the Penderwicks series, but this one didn't engage me as the others, and I'm not really sure why. All three are rather leisurely paced and the writing and those sisters are as charming as ever, but I could not get into this one as much. There's also a twist near the end that hinges on quite a coincidence that even the soapiest of soap operas would have trouble pulling off.

Not that there aren't qualities to love. Bird
This was such a good book! I think it was my favorite in the series so far. It made me smile the whole way through. I really hope that a fourth book comes out soon! Jeanne Birdsall makes you feel like you're one of the Penderwick sisters.
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Skye, Jane and Batty are back for another Penderwick summer adventure. But where is Rosalind, the usual OAP (oldest available Penderwick)? She is off to spend two weeks with her friend at the beach while her sisters go to Maine to spend two weeks with Aunt Claire.

This leaves Skye, the second to oldest, in charge…and she isn’t too sure she wants to be! She is so nervous about her new responsibilities that she has been taking notes in preparation…she has six closely written pages stuffed into her
I read this book under ideal conditions -- at the beach! In fact, the last two chapters were read in a bed that has a view of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with a hot cup of really good coffee at my side. So perhaps this review should be taken with a grain of. . .sand. That confession made, I have to say this might be one of my favorite of the Penderwicks' stories so far. Skye's struggles with being appointed OAP for the duration of a summer trip to Maine really touched me. Batty gets a new friend ...more
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 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
The Library Lady
Not going to read it, though buy it I will since the first one won a major award.Thus everything Birdsall has written will now be considered golden and kvelled over by critics and children's librarians even if it sucks.
The one star without reading it is in balance for the librarians, teachers and other adults who will award it 5 stars BEFORE reading it, rave about it here and not notice that kids find it utterly, utterly, BORING and not a par on the REAL classic children's stories it attempts to
Another addition to a cute series, as long as you ignore the author's attempts to sneak in modernity. These characters only work as residents of America's simpler past aka the 1950s. They don't translate well to modern times. Modern children don't act, talk, think, or live as the Penderwicks do.
My heart is so filled with joy upon finishing this book. It sounds cheesy, but it's true. I love these girls. They're kind, thoughtful, and REAL, not cloying or unrealistic. And i want to rent a house in Maine for a month, too!
I think I would like this series better if it weren't intended to be and touted as the literary successor to Elizabeth Enright, Arthur Ransome, Jenny Lindquist, or any other author of classic children's family stories. Having met the author, I know she loves the old books as much as I do and mourns the lack of such stories today, but I think publishing just won't allow that sort of story for middle schoolers anymore. Perhaps stories for modern elementary school kids can still be like that (I don ...more
If you have not yet met the Penderwicks, you are seriously missing out. I confess right at the beginning that these are some of my favorite books of all time. The four sisters, Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty and endearing and oh so flawed. Maybe it's because I am one of four sisters myself (and a brother), but I can relate to these girls so easily. Every time I meet them, I come away smiling or laughing. Now you know that this review will not be objective in the slightest. As I mentioned above, ...more
I was absolutely delighted to read the third instalment of the series, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. Now, it is not necessary to have read the first two books to understand this one, although you would be missing on some details, and, in my opinion, one of the best part of the series, which is to be witness to the growth of the four sisters at the center of the story.

In this third instalment, the Penderwicks are splitting up for Summer vacations. Mr. and Mrs. Penderwick are going to England,
I'd like to start by saying that The Penderwicks series are my favorite books. So far there are three books in the series; author Jeanne Birdsall has agreed to release one book every three years, so I anxiously await the next adventure. The four Penderwick sisters, Batty, Jane, Skye, and Rosalind, are as realistic and charming as it gets, and its their kind-hearted nature that makes readers want to come back for more.

The Penderwicks on Point Mouette was a little bit different. In the previous t
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Reviewed by Rusty Key Writer: Jordan B. Nielsen

Recommended for: Fans of The Penderwicks, as this is the third book in their series, predominantly leaning towards girls, aged 8 to 12.

One Word Summary: Melodramatic.

There is so very much to love about The Penderwicks, the four modern day sisters who stroll through their quaint adventures, speaking in a clean, slang-free dialect not heard in contemporary children’s fiction since Amy March tossed Jo’s manuscript into the fireplace. Birdsall’s work br
In this third Penderwicks novel, the family is separating for the first time. For two weeks in the summer, their father will be heading off and so will Rosalind. The remaining Penderwicks are off to vacation in Maine. This leaves Skye as the OAP (oldest available Penderwick) to take care of the others, along with Aunt Claire. Skye is overwhelmed with the responsibility, particularly for Batty and even more so when a soggy note warns her vaguely about the potential that Batty could “blow up.” Jan ...more
Well, Julie said this was one of the best Penderwick books and I completely agree. In it, Birdsall seems to have hit her stride, creating the most natural-feeling, least-contrived conflicts and characters to date. The sisters and the supporting cast have (finally) developed a depth that makes them interesting, believable, and realistic, and Birdsall has relinquished some of the annoying "tics". . . Jane's overblown descriptions of Sabrina Starr (in this one she has writer's block--what a relief! ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I read about maybe a little into three chapters of this book a few years back, only to have to pick it up later because someone had requested it at my library.
So I finally got to restart and read this book, begining to end, earlier this month. And while at first I stumbled into it a bit, having it been a few years away from the Penderwicks world. . .I soon found myself immersed in the quiet, peaceful, lovely world of the Penderwicks, only this time there is only 3 of them.

It's summer vaction fo
This book is just made of nice. Nice, nice, nice children (and dogs, even when naughty) and adults and a nice setting, references to very nice other books (even unfairly obscure ones like Bilgewater) and oh it is such a joy. An escapist joy, this gets the pleasure of a summer holiday much better than a real summer holiday. Lovely book all through.

But when it cames to rate it numerically, forgive me, but then I got quibbles, 3.5 stars it is. It is sweet lemonade of a book. But it has a nominal pl
Several days ago I discovered from my granddaughter, Hadley, that there was a third book in the Penderwicks series. Hadley generously loaned me this one (and the previous two, which she encouraged me to reread.)
This family simply jumps into your heart and easily finds a spot to nestle into. They bring with them all their worries and joys, their innocence and questions that come with age, new friends and old. Their openness is refreshing as is their loyalty to family, the understanding about resp
Isabelle Varone
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is a thrilling story about a family with three girls who spend an amazing summer at a place called, Point Mouette. The author of this book is Jeanne Birdsall. This is the 3rd book in the Penderwick series and I absolutely loved it! This book costed me $17.00and it was most definitely worth the cost. I first started reading these series when I was in 4th grade. Jeanne Birdsall is currently working on the 4th book in the Penderwick series. She plans to write 5 book ...more
The third book in the series is another charming installment of life in the Penderwick family. The three youngest Penderwicks go on a summer holiday with their aunt to Point Mouette, Maine, while Rosalind is off to visit a friend. Although everyone agrees Rosalind deserves the vacation, this leaves Skye as the OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) and she's distinctly apprehensive about the responsibility. The only bright spot, for Skye, is the possibility of a visit from their good friend Jeffrey ( ...more
This is my favorite Penderwick book yet! I think Birdsall is nailing the beginning now (whereas I thought the first one took a wee bit to get going). Characterization is, as always, top notch. I'm impressed with how well she allows the shift in focus (from Rosalind as Oldest Available Penderwick--OAP to Skye) take place as well as with how well she allows Jeffrey to find the answers to some tough questions. It's a gentle book, but definitely not cheesy. I now want to vacation at both Arundel AND ...more
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Jeanne Birdsall grew up in the suburbs west of Philadelphia, where she attended wonderful public schools. Jeanne had lots of great teachers, but her favorites were: Mrs. Corkhill, sixth grade, who encouraged her intellectual curiosity; Mr. Tremonte, eighth grade algebra, who taught Jeanne to love and respect math; and Miss Basehore, second and fourth year Latin, to whom Jeanne (and Mr. Penderwick) ...more
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The Penderwicks (6 books)
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