Reviewed for Third Grade, 2008

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

The Penderwick sisters are back! The new installment, fresh on the heels of the National Book Award winner The Penderwicks, resumes the story of Rosalind, Skye, and Jane, with the addition of new little sis, Batty. When the girls' father is persuaded he needs to start dating again, the sisters hatch a plan to save daddy, and get into loads of mischief along the way. Warm, funny, and unerringly true to the perspective of siblings who stick together, this book has the simple charm of a different era in children's books, with enough fun and spunk to engage any reader. A sure bet for family read-alouds and individual page-turning alike. (Alfred A Knopf, $15.99)