When I first heard people talking about this book, I kept getting it confused with the Pickwick Papers. *guffaws* So. Not. The. Same. Book.
by Jeanne Birdsall
Genre: Contemporary, Timeless
Description: This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they 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 best 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.
Deliciously nostalgic and quaintly witty, this is a story as breezy and carefree as a summer day.
Why I liked it: I know it sounds silly, but reading this book was like taking a breath of fresh air. The story wasn't fast-paced or incredibly funny or full of exciting suspense--it's a decidedly "quiet" book--but I found myself reinvigorated by their quiet adventures, like I had personally gone on vacation with the Penderwick family. It reminded me of my own childhood summers on my grandparents' farm. Quiet and peaceful, but with just a touch of excitement, enough for me to want to return again and again and again.
I'd love some recommendations on vacation books, or "quiet" books for middle-grade readers. Got a title you'd care to share? Please do!
And happy weekend reading!