The Penderwicks

A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

Cover of "The Penderwicks"Meet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won’t go anywhere without her butterfly wings.

When the girls and their doting father head off for their summer holiday, they’re in for a surprise.  Instead of the tumbledown cottage they expected, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon the girls 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 most wonderful 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.

Readers will hope for a return visit from this memorable cast.Publishers Weekly, starred review

Crisp as seersucker and not too breezy, this nostalgic novel is the literary equivalent of a perfect summer day.Family Fun Magazine
Anyone who has ever longed to sneak through a hedge into a forbidden estate will enjoy these four loving sisters, their widowed father and their poor-little-rich-boy friend.Seattle Post-Intelligencer