THE PENDERWICKS AT LAST by Jeanne Birdsall, (May 15, 2018, Alfred A. Knopf, 294 pages,for ages 8 to 12 )
I loved every minute of this delightful novel for middle grade readers. If you're looking for gentle (but not prissy), funny (but not goofy) family stories, and especially if you devoured the first four books from Jeanne Birdsall, you'll adore this lovely middle grade novel. Perhaps even more so because it's the last of the five-book series. It's ostensibly about Rosalind's upcoming wedding -- a homemade event that the Penderwicks decide to hold at Arundel, where it all began. Rather fitting, I'd say.. There's also an important subplot about making new friends when you're a shy tween.
This book reminded me of my own childhood. And of spring melting into summer.. The child you first met as a toddler in THE PENDERWICKS IN SPRING, Lydia or Lids, as her older sisters call her, is now a tween.
And wow! All the girls from the first books are actually... grown up. Or growing up. Even Batty, who's now in high school. The return to Arundel and the presence of Jeffrey and even Mrs. Tifton (the villain of the first book) made me smile. Best of all, Rosalind's getting married! But we see it all from Lydia's point of view.
A well-developed plot, realistic characters who feel like people you know, and cameos from all your favorite characters, like Hitch, the three-legged dog, add to the charm. Picking up this book each time (I can no longer read a book in one sitting, unfortunately -- see previous post) was like joining a fun gathering of loved ones. Every day, I eagerly looked forward to my precious afternoon reading time.
Jeanne Birdsall's website
So glad you enjoyed this last book in the series, Joanne. And so glad to see you blogging. Hope you're feeling better.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Natalie. I've missed your posts and especially your author interviews.Delete
This series sounds really fun! I looked up the first book, and I'll have to try it! Thanks so much for the review, and I'm glad you're feeling better!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
I read one of the earlier books and I am getting this one for review. Thanks for letting me know it's worth my time!ReplyDelete
Hope you enjoy it. Rosi.Delete
I already have this one on my TBR list and hope to get to it this summer. Your review makes me want it sooner. Thanks for letting us know about it and welcome back.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much, Greg.Delete
I have only read the first one and definitely enjoyed it. It seemed like a comforting bedtime story I would have been told as a kid. :)ReplyDelete
Oh, Jess! Read them all! I know, it's a commitment. I should have said that this stands alone but it's so much richer an experience if you have read them all.Delete