The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
I read The Penderwicks on Gardam in just a couple of days and I really enjoyed it. I loved how all the characters were differnt and all had the own personalaties. Rosalind was kind and motherlike, Skye, stubborn and adventurous, Jane was creative and imaginative, and Batty was always playin secret Agents and trying to help her sisters with the save-Daddy-plan. This book was exciting and very well written, now I'm just waiting for the third. Keep up the great work Jeanne!
I finished this book with a great, satisfied sigh. The author kept every promise she made to readers, beginning with the promise of an equally fantastic sequel to her first book.
National Book Award winning, THE PENDERWICKS: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, was a great lead-in to this second book, but this one definitely stands alone.
I so enjoyed re-acquainting myself with the four sisters. Birdsall masterfully handled the rarely successful alternating viewpoint. With each girl having a distinct voice of her own, I was never once confused about the switch from Rosalind to Skye or from Jane to Batty.
I think this second book made me fall deeper in love with each sister. Rosalinds motherly kindness, Skyes stoic avoidance of all things dramatic, Janes flair for&everything, and Battys sweet and gentle nature all come through even more clearly in this timeless tale than the last.
But, how, in this ever-faster, evermore adventure-craving world does a quiet story like The Penderwicks stand out? Through good, solid characterization and empathetic storylines. Every single character could be there next to you, reading over your shoulder. I couldve sworn I felt Hound nudging my hand as I turned the pages. Theyre alive. Every single Penderwick.
Itd be easy to call this book a kick back to the days of THE FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS or a tip of the hat to the whimsical style of L.M. Montgomery. But, its more than that. Its the emergence of Jeanne Birdsall, author extraordinaire, here to show us that the fast track isnt necessarily the only track.
I think shes on the right track, and Im craving more of her delicious writing.
Off to turn another page&.