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The Penderwicks at Last

(The Penderwicks #5)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,588 ratings  ·  836 reviews
Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures--these are the things that have shaped Lydia's journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring.

Now it's summertime, and eleven-year-old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college.

This is a very important dance and a very impo
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published May 15th 2018 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Pixie Also, the conversation Skye and Dusek are having (Page 279) translated goes like this:

"Poj' k mne, ty moje mala morska hvezdice."
"Come to me my …more
Also, the conversation Skye and Dusek are having (Page 279) translated goes like this:

"Poj' k mne, ty moje mala morska hvezdice."
"Come to me my Shooting star"

"Chvili na me pockej, Dusku."
"In a moment, wait for me."

"Honem. Styska se mi."
'Come on. I miss you."

"Ano. I do too."
"Yes. I do too."(less)

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Jan 31, 2018 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: not Skeffrey shippers (maybe Baffrey shippers but I don't know any I HOPE)

The heck did I just read??

That was the biggest waste of time.

You probably already know what I think, by the rating I gave it, but here are my issues with it.

(a lot of spoilers ahead, even outside the spoiler like the stuff below this - so turn around and leave if you haven't read the book.)

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Katie Fitzgerald
In this long-awaited conclusion to the Penderwicks series, which is set 15 years after the first book, the entire Penderwicks clan has returned to Arundel to celebrate Rosalind's wedding to Tommy Geiger. Lydia, the youngest Penderwick, is eleven years old, and is thrilled to finally visit the magical place that has been the subject of so many stories told by her now grown-up sisters, who range in age from 19 (Batty) to 27 (Rosalind). While wedding preparations unfold around her, Lydia befriends ...more
Aug 30, 2015 rated it liked it
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May 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Lydia frolicks in meadows, plays with sheep, oh and choreographs a dance for her sisters wedding. ATTENTION: This review is chock full of spoilers. So go no further if that is not okay with you.

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I AM FRUSTRATED. And I feel betrayed by Birdsall. Why? Because this last book, the culmination to years spent with these characters completely fell flat. It lacked the emotion, the passion, and depth of insight of the previous books. There was no
Tirzah Eleora
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
I had such high hopes for this book! I’ve been waiting for a worthy finale to this series since I read ‘The Penderwicks in Spring’ shortly after it was published and it proved to be one of the only books that’s ever made me tear up.

These hopes have been crushed. This book was anything but a worthy was worse than bad; it was mediocre. It was flat and boring, and had very little of the touching whimsy of it’s forerunners. And despite the fact that it’s a book about the Penderwicks, we
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I will post a real review on the blog next week. For now, some stray thoughts.

1. Philippa Nel? That is a serious deep cut children's lit shout out, Jeanne. Nice.

2. I have found that I can't talk about this book out loud without crying.

3. Whoa what's with the Skye and Jeffrey shippers having tantrums here? O_o Settle tf down.

Okay, here are some marginally more coherent thoughts:

Lydia Penderwick, now eleven years old and just as exuberant as she was as a toddler in The Penderwicks in Spring, h
I'm finally willing to admit it's over. Finishing one of my favorite-for-all-time series is not a time to mourn, well not much. I kept making the joke that it would be tragic if I died before Birdsall got me to this point. Even though I'm mostly healthy, it was actually a fear. But here we are, and I can't be more glowing in my praise for not just this title, but the whole series. I always appreciate a project that knows where it is going and knows how to end. I can safely say that Penderwicks i ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started crying happy tears on the first page and didn't stop until the last.
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Joey T
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
And wow this one was truly amazing but I feel as if I said that for all of them. But the fourth was still my favorite.
There needs to be more!
Too bad
Anyway I’m not writing a full review for this one so happy reading guys!
Michael Fitzgerald
At last I am done with this godawful book.

I can't remember why I ever enjoyed anything about these characters and these books. And no, I couldn't care less about Skye and Jeffrey.

There is essentially NOTHING to this book. And we get hundreds of pages about that nothing. Even the wedding (the ostensible focal point) is entirely absent! All that is left is page after page of name-dropping to show how very "hip" all these people are. In music, this means Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springst
Melissa McShane
I wanted to love this. Maybe that was never going to happen. I don't know. But when you consider the time span this series covers, and that the girls who were children in the first book are getting married in this one, it's kind of a stretch to keep this a middle grade novel. Yes, the youngest Penderwick is still a child, and she's the main character, but much of the action centers on the concerns of the older ones. So about half the time I felt I was stuck between age categories and even genres ...more
m a r y l i z
UM GUYS. I have so many feelings and don't know how to rate this. #help

Review coming once I process this a bit more . . .
May 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I don't even know what to rate this book...
"I'm not happy Bob, NOT HAPPY." -Incredibles.
Jeanne Birdsall, you have leeet mee down!
I still had hope for Skeffery in the begining but halfway through once Jeffery showed up I had lost hope basically. From then on I thought about stabbing a big old knife through the book in rage. I also felt like throwing up and thought that maybe I could rip out just the pages with Batty and Jeffery together because I did enjoy some of the other parts. Maybe the wors
Jul 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-books
I'm only rating this three stars (instead of one) because it was super well-written and I liked all the parts about Lydia and Alice and Hitch and Ben and all their adventures. But I really, really, really HATE what Jeanne Birdsall did with The Original Penderwicks (okay, not Rosalind and Jane - Tommy is awesome and writing novels is awesome).

Admittedly, it's been a while since I read the other Penderwicks books, but I know that Jeffrey and Skye were meant for each other. And then Birdsall marri
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
I should be more sad that this series has come to a close, but I'm just not. I was more than happy to be reunited with my favorite family, but this finale was missing the certain spark and sense of coziness the previous books ooze. I did like Lydia as the narrator and Alice as her sidekick was a delight, but it was easy to become distracted from their story wishing for more details about the older Penderwick siblings. The conclusion was a bit too open-ended and I will never understand why there ...more
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Penderwicks at Last is very competent, and goodness knows we need more competently written books. But it never jumps off the page like The Penderwicks in Spring. Maybe it's because it's less fresh: we've already jumped a few years in this series, after all. Maybe it's because Lydia doesn't feel especially unique. Maybe it's because this feels like it's checking the boxes.

This is good. It's entertaining and coherent and paced well. It's also seeped in its own nostalgia and comfortable and no
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 Stars

To call this a book review would be sadly inaccurate because I have too many feelings to form coherent thoughts right now. So what you're going to get is rambly, somewhat incoherent gushing and thoughts that might not even make sense to people who have also read this series. But I have to talk about it! After all, this was probably my most anticipated finale since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out. I even went to the trouble to buy the e-book since amazon notified me that
Probably my least favorite of the series - a bit too seeped in its own nostalgia and the difference between the older and younger siblings felt a bit too big at times. I did love Alice though and the hens and Batty saving spiders. Lydia was great too but I didn't latch onto her as I did with her siblings.

I also was a fan of (view spoiler)
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
Now that I read the book the perhaps tenth time I think I can write a honest, fair and I hope last review for this book. Especially for readers in the future. Actually, I was also thinking about giving five stars....I rarely hate or love another book more. The reviews are split and I'm torn apart. Therefore, this is a special review. I'll give 13 reasons each for and against, but I will also explain this book. If you are curious and want to know, why certain, random things happened and why Birds ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those Who Have Read & Enjoyed the First Four Penderwicks Books
The Penderwick family returns in this fifth and final installment of their adventures, opening some nine years or so after the conclusion of the fourth title, The Penderwicks in Spring . The wedding of Rosalind and Tommy Geiger is in the offing, and the action soon shifts from the Penderwick home on Gardam Street to Arundel, Jeffrey's palatial estate in the Berkshires, that served as the setting for the first book in the series. Our narrator is Lydia, a two-year-old in the previous book, and ...more
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Leonard Kim
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Other than Harry Potter in years past, a new Penderwicks is pretty much the only book I have to have on release day and will stay up reading for, through hell and highwater (and a bleary next day at work), until I’ve finished it. I love these books something fierce, but as much as I love them I never thought any of the first four were flawless. Well I loved this one too, and I think it was perfect, which is a little strange as everything turned out exactly the way I expected—no surprises here—an ...more
Apr 06, 2014 marked it as to-read
It's still two years away! ... But I need it now!

I started reading the Penderwicks series in 2009 (the first book was published in 2005) and the long wait between books has always been a struggle!
Brandy Painter
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Originally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall is the fifth and final installment of the series that began with The Penderwicks: The Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy back in 2005. I awaited its release with equal parts excitement and trepidation. It's always hard to face the end of a favorite series, especially when one has developed Opinions about the characters and their destinies. I'm happy to r
Vikki VanSickle
Reading this book was a bittersweet experience. Sweet, because it's The Penderwicks and therefore automatically a wonderful read, and bitter, because it's the last book in the series and I'm never ready to say goodbye to The Penderwicks. The book centres around Lydia, who is now a tween, and visiting the fabled Arundel for the first time on the occasion on Rosalind's wedding (!!!) It is a tad surreal to have the original Penderwicks range in age from 19-30, but Lydia and Alice are wonderfully-dr ...more
so i guess that went how i, in my heart of hearts, knew it was going to go. not the way i wanted it to go, of course. because we could never allow that. but i've read little women, so i guess i saw it coming. i will say this wasn't as much of a dumpster fire as the last book. although jeanne could never write a dumpster fire, it was about as close as you could get. spring was just a rough time. that book was pure pain, this book was like pain but pain when you've had the wound for three years an ...more
I can't believe it's over.

The Penderwicks books have been a constant presence in my life since I was about the age of the main characters in the first book. I still love the books just as much today as I did then, and they're some of the only contemporary books that I'll recommend wholeheartedly to just about anyone (regardless of age). And now they're over. The Penderwicks at Last is, appropriately, the last book in the series. But even if I'm sad that the stories are at an end, it is a pretty
J & J
Nov 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ending? It was a 5 star rating until the end...
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
This was not quite as good as the other books in the series, but I still really enjoyed it!
Kaethe Douglas
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: beloved
Aaaahhhhh. Very drawn-out sigh of satisfaction. I have just finished the fifth and final Penderwick novel. Previously I had noted how very old-fashioned the books felt: a sort of 20th-century nevertime with cars and phones and computers, but in which plot rarely if ever includes them. I mention this because it was less true in Penderwicks in Spring, and not true at all in Penderwicks at Last. No one watches tv still, but camera phones are integral.

One of the most satisfying conclusions I’ve ever
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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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