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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

(The Penderwicks #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  14,760 ratings  ·  1,275 reviews
With over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller 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 Alfred A. Knopf
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Cricket Muse They build on each other. The Jeffrey connection is important to understand prior to this title. So I would recommend reading them in order to better …moreThey build on each other. The Jeffrey connection is important to understand prior to this title. So I would recommend reading them in order to better appreciate character growth.(less)
Aimee Because she promised her best friend she would go on a trip before the Family Vacation was planned. Reading the book would answer that question

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Mar 08, 2011 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
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
m a r y l i z
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
// Re-Read April 2018 //

Just what I needed right now. *happy sigh* <3


It's official: I am completely and utterly in love with the Penderwicks.

*sighs contentedly and hugs book*

I just love everything about these books--the characters (Jeffery, Jane, Batty...basically all of them ;D), settings, and cozy feeling I get whenever I curl up with one of the books. Even though the stories take place in modern times, I can't help getting the feeling that they take place in another time period. The deligh
Kaethe Douglas
8 July 2021

Reading them altogether this time, I am even more aware of the romance. It's all age-appropriate, and really just another aspect of traveling and meeting new people and having adventures, part of a continuum from making a new friend to living happily ever after.

It's interesting to see Skye as OAP, and Jane, figuring out all the logistics of shopping and meal-planning and cooking and cleaning, none of which they had ever really noticed before. How many books have I read in which orpha
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, middle-grade
This might be my favorite one yet! Love this family of sisters so much.
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
UPDATE, 12/11/18: Now that we're reading the Penderwick books in order as a family for bedtimes, this is still five stars. Just wonderful through and through. Best of the series so far.
By a stroke of luck, I happened to be in the car for about 80 percent of the time this wonderfully whimsical audiobook was playing in our car, and now I very much wish I had grown up a Penderwick. Birdsall creates such realistic and likable characters and sends them on such fun and heartwarming ad
This series continues to be delightful, in that Eager/Enright-ish way. I appreciated how Birdsall changed things up this time by having the eldest Penderwick, Rosalind, absent, so that the dynamics among the rest were different. Also, I was pleased to see Jeffrey back and have more of his personal story resolved.
Feb 02, 2011 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 Jeffre ...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
Lila Kims
This series gets better and better with each book. The older the Penderwick sisters get, and the more their exciting and often stressful adventures pile up, the more attached to them I become. I just love them so muuuuch. <3 Rosalind with her maturity and softness (although she wasn't present for the majority of this book, seeing as she was in New Jersey for vacation and we focused solely on the rest of the sisters for their vacation at Point Mouette), Skye with her love for black holes and scie ...more
Apr 26, 2011 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
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
Jeffrey's back!!! He's the best 12 year old boy ever. ...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
Melissa McShane
Mar 24, 2016 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
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These are the sweetest books ever! I LOVE THIS SERIES!
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
Another delightful installment. Better than the second book in the series (although I still loved the second!) and almost as good as the first! I love these sisters, individually and together.
Andrea Cox
This series is so cute! The adventures are realistic and ones lots of kids can relate to.

Content: praying/sacrificing to “fire god,” one crude sexual term
Review April 2018: I think this one is my favorite of the series (so far). I just love Skye and I am glad that we got to see a big portion of the book from her POV. Also, another thing I like in this series is the adults. They are actual real adults who actually care and take care of the kids (even if these kids have a lot more freedom than kids I know in real life) and not enough middle school books have those kinds of adults depicted. So kudos on that.

Review March 2015:I will admit, I missed R
Bobby Simic
Jul 07, 2011 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
Kellyn Roth
Reread 5/3/2018:
WOW, this book is still so great! It's absolutely hilarious. Skye is actually a fairly decent OAP. ;P Also, no, Batty is not going to blow up. xD Honestly, that still cracks me up in my second read-through ... as do Jane's adventures. Goodness, girl!

The subplot with Jeffery, though. :-/ :"( Happy sad?
Feb 14, 2015 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. ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I'm filling in the blanks leading up to the last book's release and so far nothing's lived up to The Penderwicks in Spring. This is delightfully written, and old-fashioned, and charming, and I believed not a word of it. ...more
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I wanna
This book was amazing!!!!!!
An adorable story. Very fun and squeaky clean. A must read for the whole family!
Happy reading!
Elsa K
Aug 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 I didn't love having Skye one of the narrators (I think she is my least favorite Penderwick). She's fine in smaller doses, but not the main voice for me. I also missed having Rosalind and Mr. Penderwick! Again, I thought it was a bit predictable, but still enjoyed the main characters and Alec, Aunt Claire and all the summer fun. I was glad to have Jeffrey back! Such great books! ...more
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I especially love that Jeffrey is a more prominent character in this one, and Skye and Jeffrey's friendship is perfection 💛 ...more
Vikki VanSickle
Feb 12, 2012 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
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Every Penderwick is a phenomenal person! I have so much love for this beautiful Penderwick family, I can't even contain my emotions long enough to write a decent review. Every book in this series is absolute gold, every character is delightfully unique, and every single word in every chapter is genius. I love how the author takes small everyday doings and makes them dramatic and interesting and fun! Just building a campfire on the beach and toasting marshmallows becomes an adventure fraught with ...more
Aug 09, 2011 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
Elinor  Loredan
Sep 16, 2011 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 J ...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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“That was when he’d smiled, and after all that seriousness, his smile was a revelation, like a rainbow after a storm, like spring after winter, like dawn after the darkest night. She stopped, opened her notebook, and wrote that down. His smile was a revelation, like a rainbow after a storm, like spring after winter, like dawn after the darkest night. She read it out loud as she wrote.” 2 likes
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