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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Penderwicks
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375858512
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375858512
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, April 11, 2011:
"The Penderwick sisters' third adventure brings them back in full entertaining force...From start to finish, this is a summer holiday to savor."

Starred review, Booklist, May 15, 2011:
"Drawing readers right into the family, [Birdsall] enlivens the everyday matters and endows her characters with so much individuality it’s as though she’s erased the word generic from the dictionary."

About the Author

JEANNE BIRDSALL lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband. Their house is old and comfortable, full of unruly animals, and surrounded by gardens. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette is her third novel.

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Jeanne Birdsall is the National Book Award-winning author of The Penderwicks and its sequel, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (Knopf), both of which were also New York Times bestsellers. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her husband, three insane cats, and a stubborn Boston terrier named Cagney. Visit her website at

Customer Reviews

I loved this book because it has many sub plots and is full of adventure.
Abigail Parr
In THE PENDERWICKS AT POINT MOUETTE, Jeanne Birdsall has created what might be the perfect book for families to take along on their own summer vacations.
First she read the books, then she asked for the CDs so she could listen to them on audio at night.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on May 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a mother who screens everything her 11-year-old daughter reads, I've often found myself rummaging among my old Enid Blyton, Alison Uttley and E. Nesbit books for heart-warming stories written in proper sentences, and not like they were movie scripts. Like many other sentimental parents, I found Jeanne Birdsall's "The Penderwicks" series to be a godsend in that direction: the adventures of the Penderwicks sisters (and now one baby brother), read like updated, hipper versions of "Little Women", "Swallows and Amazons" and "Famous Five." If Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy were to go on vacation, their summers would make equally engrossing reading. Those who have also enjoyed "The Penderwicks" would also like "The Callahan Cousins" by Elizabeth Doyle Carey.

We were lucky enough to get our hands on "The Penderwicks at Point Mouette" the day it was released - my only complaint is that said daughter devoured it in less than two hours, but that is surely an indication of what a good story the author tells. The first two Penderwicks books are as thumbed-through as my own childhood books were, as many times as I've re-read them. I expect this third book to share the same fate. Definitely one for the Kindle as well! In the words of said daughter:

"The book, `The Penderwicks at Point Mouette' by Jeanne Birdsall is the perfect third book in `The Penderwicks' series.

"For the first time in all their lives, the Penderwicks are to be separated: Rosalind is going to New Jersey; Ben, Iantha and Mr. Penderwick are off on Iantha's and Mr. Penderwick's honeymoon in England; and, finally, Skye, Batty, Hound, Jane and Jeffrey are going to stay with the Penderwicks' Aunt Claire.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is a wonderful combination of old-fashioned appeal and modern expression. Here's what I mean. The old-fashioned part is the gentleness, mildness and charm of the sisters and of the stories. Loyalty, responsibility, affection, good manners, restraint, emotional openness - these are the types of virtues displayed by the girls and valued in the book. It's all very Rebecca/Heidi/Pollyanna/Anne of Green Gables, and boy there's nothing wrong with that.

But, the actual old-fashioned books, for all of their charm, can be dense, slow, overwritten and sometimes even tedious. They were written for readers with more time, patience, and attention span than may be the case today. Well, here's where the Penderwicks really shine. These books are written for a more modern, more direct, less prolix sensibility. Dialogue is effective, but sharp and to the point. Plots are satisfying, but straightforward. Resolutions are unambiguous. Sentiments are clearly expressed. Part of this, of course, is a nod to the ages of the likely readers. But part of it also reflects a commitment on the part of Ms. Birdsall to tell her story charmingly but also efficiently and directly.

Now, I have to admit I've sort of had enough Batty, but that's always the case when you have one very young cutesy character. And sometimes the girls' individual obsessions go right up to the edge of tolerable, (O.K. Skye, you'll be a fine OAP - it's just two weeks). And sometimes the inside family jokes can just be a little too too. But these are quibbles of a minor order. After all, these are nice kids and it's fun to read about them and to root for them. Isn't that enough?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael K. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The first two books in what seems likely to become a classic series were first-rate and it would have been easy for the author, now that she has gotten the attention of her adolescent market, to just crank out another half-dozen according to formula. Happily, she appears to be more interested in growing her characters and telling her readers things they need to hear. The four Penderwick sisters of Massachusetts display an interesting array of personality types, from Rosalind, the (usually) calm one who supplies the leadership and focus for her sisters (their mother having died five years earlier), and Skye, who is very smart but also very hot-tempered and not especially "feminine" in the classic sense, to Jane, the dreamy romantic and writer of novels who is also a talented athlete, and Batty, the youngest by several years, who worships Rosalind -- but who also has her own latent talents, as everyone discovers this time out. The difference in the set-up for this summer vacation, though, is that Rosalind is escaping her responsibilities for two weeks to go off with her best friend to the Jersey shore. She's agonizing about whether the other three will survive without her (if you've read the first two books, you may agree with her), but she's thirteen now and she really, really needs a break. Their widowed and recently remarried botanist father has gone off to England with his bride (the widowed astrophysicist from next door) and the other three girls -- plus Jeffrey, their honorary brother from the first book -- are destined for a cabin in Maine on the ocean with their Aunt Claire. Skye, next oldest after Rosalind, will be the OAP -- "Oldest Available Penderwick" -- and while she reluctantly accepts the responsibility, it also frightens her.Read more ›
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