Title: THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST
Author: Jeanne Birdsall
Pub. Date: May 15, 2018
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
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The finale you’ve all been waiting for: The Penderwicks at Last is the final, flawless installment in the modern classic series from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Jeanne Birdsall!
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 important wait because the two youngest sisters are about to arrive home to find out that the Penderwicks will all be returning to Arundel this summer, the place where it all began. And better still is the occasion: a good old-fashioned, homemade-by-Penderwicks wedding.
Bursting with heart and brimming with charm, this is a joyful, hilarious ode to the family we love best. And oh my MOPS–Meeting of Penderwick Siblings–does Jeanne Birdsall’s The Penderwicks at Last crescendo to one perfect Penderwick finale.
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) will be forever grateful.
Although she first decided to become a writer when she was ten years old, it took Jeanne until she was forty-one to get started. In the years in between, Jeanne had many strange jobs to support herself, and also worked hard as a photographer, the kind that makes art. Some of Jeanne’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of museums, including the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Art Museum. Her work can be seen in several galleries, including the R. Michelson Galleries in western Massachusetts.
Jeanne’s home now is with her husband in Northampton, Massachusetts. Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens.
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Our family has long been fans of the Penderwick series. We immerse ourselves in their adventures via audio book and have followed the family as they grow up together. The last installment was magical as usual. So many sisters, parents who speak latin, and a beautiful setting from their childhood. Arundel is the place dreams are made of and is the perfect setting for a wedding! Lydia and Batty have much mischief to make.
What we enjoy so much about these books is the atmosphere and the closeness of the family you can feel with each interaction. It ins’t often you find a bunch of sisters who are each unique yet have a sense of unity and loyalty to each pother and their legacy. Each in a different stage of life, yet touching back to get together and to counsel with their parents and siblings. There is a comfort in the dynamic of tradition.
Plenty of animal friends and dogs as well. What would the stories be without the puppies who help Lydia merge with any new place and time. This is a series not to miss and perfect to read all together. Hoping we see a spin off series which continues to track the Penderwicks as they empty the nest and have families of their own. But in the meantime, be sure to pick this up as a Summer read. Thanks so much to Rockstar Book Tours and Knopf Books for Young Readers for allowing us a chance to enjoy the last installment.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST, US Only.
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