The Penderwicks

by Jeanne Birdsall
Series: The Penderwicks #1
262 pages, General Fiction
Reviewed by Alier

A good read that does not disappoint.


The Penderwick sisters are in for a great adventure this summer! Buckle your seat belts for this enjoyable ride. The Penderwick family is on a summer vacation at a cottage on the property of a large mansion. Little do they know, they will make one fabulous friend along the summer course. The boy's name is Jeffrey, and he lives in the big mansion with his snooty mother Mrs. Tifton. As the children struggle with Jeffrey's sad situation, the bond grows between the girls and the interesting boy next door.


The girls are a devious bunch, and at one point they sneak into private property to visit a bull.

Spiritual Content



Two sisters and Jeffrey shoot blunt arrows at a poster of Mrs. Tifton's wicked fiance.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Mrs. Tifton drinks a glass of wine at Jeffrey's birthday party.

Sexual Content

The oldest girl has a tame crush on the gardener guy. He kisses her on the forehead. He carries her to the cottage after she falls into a pond and gets knocked out.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

The oldest daughter calls her younger sister a "moron in the kitchen".


A fun story that will delight the readers. Apart from the trespassing mentioned in the Morality box,there is little to deter younger readers from enjoying the story.

Fun Score: 5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 8-10

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