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The Penderwicks
A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
Written by Jeanne BirdsallAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Jeanne Birdsall
| Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | June 2005 | $16.99 | 978-0-375-83143-0 (0-375-83143-6)
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.
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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 and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager.

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they? One thing’s for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.


“Problems are solved and lessons learned in this wonderful, humorous book that features characters whom readers will immediately love, as well as a superb writing style. Bring on more of the Penderwicks!” --School and Library Journal, starred


When JEANNE BIRDSALL was young, she promised herself she'd be a writer someday--so she could write books for children to read and enjoy, just as she did at her local library. She is now the author of the Penderwicks series: The Penderwicks, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband. 

From the Trade Paperback edition.


WINNER 2005 - Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
WINNER 2005 - National Book Award
WINNER 2005 - Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year
WINNER 2005 - Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice
WINNER 2005 - School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
WINNER 2005 - Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year
WINNER 2005 - Quill Award
WINNER 2006 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 2007 - Hawaii Nene Master List
WINNER 2007 - Maine Student Book Master List
WINNER 2008 - Virginia Young Readers Program Master List
WINNER 2007 - Kentucky Bluegrass Master List
SUBMITTED 2006 - New Hampshire Great Stone Face Children's Book Master List
NOMINEE 2007 - Rhode Island Children's Book Award
WINNER 2007 - Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Master List


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