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The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall
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Apr 29, 10

bookshelves: 08-12yrs
Read in April, 2008

Another deliciously nostalgic and hilariously charming story of four sisters and their adventures, making this sequel to the Penderwicks even better than the first!

Wonderful characters are an endearing combination of individuality, warmth and wit, with just the right touch of realism.

And while they’re not perfect, every one of them grows: impulsive Skye struggles with her quick temper on the soccer fi eld, star-gazing Jane learns to face reality instead of vanishing into her creative writing stories, and over-anxious Rosalind learns to talk instead of keeping things inside. Even Mr Penderwick has to learn to face his fears instead of hiding from them.

The interweaving story-lines allow you to become best friends with everyone, and you find yourself eagerly turning pages to discover what will happen next.

The Penderwicks sequel is a completely satisfying combination of child-like spontaneity and affectionate, common sense wisdom. Without wanting to overdo it, it’s the kind of book that makes you want to hug the author.

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