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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, 295 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Mar 15, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
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
The Holy Terror
This one took me a while for some reason, even though when I set my mind to reading more than just a few chapters the pages would fly by. I think maybe I had grown used to Rosalind's voice and wasn't exactly ready for so much Skye and Jane (though Batty is still delightful.) I also enjoyed Jeffrey becoming a much more well-rounded character which I think came about because we didn't have to deal with his "family" (much.)

Near the middle of the book I started enjoying the story a lot more and it e
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
May 14, 2011 Brianna rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 24, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it
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 ...more
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
Aug 09, 2011 Spypigeon rated it it was amazing
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
Melissa McShane
Nov 07, 2016 Melissa McShane rated it really liked it
Shelves: protag-female
I read this and The Penderwicks on Gardam Street back to back, drinking in how delightful these stories are. I was a little taken aback to discover that half the Penderwicks are absent from this book, Martin and Iantha and baby Ben off on a sort-of honeymoon, and Rosalind on vacation with her friend. But Skye, Jane, and Batty make up for this absence with their own brand of hilarity. Having their old friend Jeffrey along made everything that much better.

I'm not sure how I feel about this plot (w
28 May 2011

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 pu
Vikki VanSickle
Feb 12, 2012 Vikki VanSickle rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
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
Jul 07, 2011 Bobby Simic rated it liked it
Shelves: kidsstuff
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
The Library Lady
Aug 10, 2016 The Library Lady rated it did not like it
Shelves: overrated-crap
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
Elinor  Loredan
Jul 26, 2016 Elinor Loredan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, family-stories
I like this one least of the first three Penderwick books. Somehow it isn't as cozy as Arundel or Gardam Street. Plus, there is less teamwork amongst the sisters. They all kind of do their own thing, unlike with problems that arose at Arundel and the Save-Daddy Plan. I also missed Rosalind. But I still like the setting, the new characters, Skye's struggle as OAP, and Jane's struggle as a writer. The Dominic plot, though. wasn't the most riveting, and I wanted more of the book that results from ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Lora rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 08, 2015 Eliana rated it liked it
Honestly, I didn't like this book as much as the first and second ones. It was a pretty good read but I wouldn't recommend it nearly as much as the first and second ones. It was a good read though.
Oct 04, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Betsy rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2011 Hirondelle rated it really liked it
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
Dec 28, 2015 Heather rated it it was amazing
Reread 2015. Skye really comes into her own worrying about Batty 'blowing up' and Rosie gets a deserved break. Jane's little romantic heart will surely melt yours :)

I love the Penderwicks!! I want to be in the family. Seriously, if you haven't read the other two books, read them! Here's a description of the girls from the Author's website that I love: "Meet the Penderwicks, a family who believes in truth and honor, yet can’t seem to stay out of trouble. There's oldest sister Rosalind, responsibl
Aug 15, 2011 Kirby rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2014 Emily rated it liked it
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.
May 28, 2011 Mary rated it it was amazing
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!
May 14, 2015 GraceAnne rated it really liked it
Each of these books is every bit as wonderful as the last. This is the third, and I believe there will be one or two more, and I absolutely hope so.
The Rusty Key
Jun 24, 2011 The Rusty Key rated it liked it
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
Isabelle Varone
May 07, 2013 Isabelle Varone rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 04, 2011 Renee rated it really liked it
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Sep 11, 2016 Celia rated it really liked it
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
Nov 18, 2015 endofmarch rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, sisters
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,
This third book in the Penderwicks series picks up right where book two, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, leaves off. Mr. Penderwick, his new wife, and baby Ben are in England for the honeymoon. Rosalind is taking her first vacation away from the family, going to the New Jersey shore with her best friend. That leaves Skye as OAP (oldest available Penderwick) in charge of Jane, Batty, Hound, and Jeffrey as they head to Maine with Aunt Claire.

Maine, while magical with its cottage next to the beac
May 25, 2011 Tasha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
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.” ...more
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