Teen Review: “The Penderwicks in Spring” by Jeanne Birdsall

 This book, though written more for a juvenile audience instead of YA, has been and remains one of my favorite book series. Jeanne Birdsall has a marvelous way of writing books that create such amazing images in your mind that can be just as enjoyable for more mature people despite it being appropriate for a younger audience. This fourth Penderwicks’ book is set several years forward from the other books. Rosalind is just now finishing up her freshman year in college. Sky and Jane are in high school, and Batty is in the fifth grade. Because this book is for a younger audience, the story is told from the perspectives of Batty and Ben, their adopted brother. In addition to this new narrator, there is another Penderwick, Lydia. She has the curly Penderwick hair, but it’s orange like Iantha’s. Batty, the only musical Penderwick, discovers a talent for singing and hopes to take lessons. She starts up a dog walking business to raise money. It is her plan to surprise her family with a concert on her birthday, which is the day after Rosalind comes home from college for the summer. But, through a series of events, including Sky banishing Jeffrey, a close Penderwick friend and Batty’s musical mentor, the birthday plans fall apart. This book, though sad in some places, had so many of the wonderful qualities that have made me love this series/crazy family so much.

Aedan, Central TLLC, 18

"The Penderwicks in Spring" by Jeanne Birdsall book cover

 

This is my last blog post as SAPL Teen Book Reviewer. Now that I am graduating and heading off to college, I am handing my position over to Sarah, who will be a high school senior this fall 2015. I hope she turns out to be as great as I am expecting. Most of all, I hope this blog has helped you find some books worthy of your time or even turned a non-reader into a fanatic. This blog has been so much fun to write, and I am so happy I stumbled into this position. None of this would have been possible without the help of the superb Central Library Teen Staff. So thank you to them, thanks to you for reading and goodbye.

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