As he put together the clarinet, Skye stood and waved her arms in the general direction of the Birches, knowing that Jane would be watching and ready. By the time Jeffrey was beginning to play, he had a full audience — four girls to listen to him, cherish him, and wish they could keep him there forever, safe from the perilous world of grown ups (p 244).
Summer has come and for the first time, the Penderwicks will spend two weeks apart. The newly weds, Daddy and Iantha, are taking young Ben with them as they honeymoon in England. Rosalind will spend the time with a friend in New Jersey. That leaves Skye, Jane, and Batty (and their dog, Hound) to spend two weeks with their Aunt Claire in Maine. Jeffrey will join them, if his mother can spare him.
Skye couldn’t be more nervous about taking over OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick) responsibilities. Jane is determined to write a Sabrina Starr romance story, and Batty is desolate without Ben and Rosalind.
Fans of Birdsall’s preceeding two Penderwick books will snuggle lovingly back into her world. She transitions between Penderwick narrators effortlessly, taking us into the unique minds of these delightful girls (and occassionally their dog). I especially enjoyed seeing more of Jeffery (introduced in the first novel). Read more from Kirkus.
Library copy (print) | Knopf Books for Young Readers | May 10, 2011 | 304 pages | Ages 8-12 | ISBN: 978-0375858512 | $16.99