• The Penderwicks

  • A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
  • By: Jeanne Birdsall
  • Narrated by: Susan Denaker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (2,346 ratings)

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The Penderwicks

By: Jeanne Birdsall
Narrated by: Susan Denaker
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Publisher's summary

ALA Notable Children's Book

Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice

Child Magazine Best Book of the Year

Hawaii Nene Master List

Kentucky Bluegrass Master List

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Maine Student Book Master List

National Book Award

Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of the Year

Quill Award

Rhode Island Children's Book Award

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fischer Book Master List

Virginia Young Readers Program Master List

With more than one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times best seller 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.

©2005 Jeanne Birdsall

Critic reviews

“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