Birdsall, J. (2005). The Penderwicks: A summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy. New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf.
This is a sweet story about four sisters and a very eventful summer vacation. The Penderwicks consist of Rosalind, Skye, Jane, Batty, their father, and their dog Hound. They are vacationing in the cottage on a grand estate where they befriend the owners son, Jeffery, and the staff of the main house. The four sisters cause a lot of mayhem during their three week vacation but they mean well and ultimately they are able to help Jeffery finally communicate with his mom. The girls misadventures are pretty amusing and they are a very interesting cast of characters. Rosalind the eldest is often cast in a mothering role, Skye loves math and is the most outspoken of the sisters, Jane is a writer who is always dreaming, and Batty is the youngest and is shy but she loves animals and wearing her wings.
The age range for this book is 8-12 making it a great choice for tweens and the genre of this book is realistic fiction. This story is better suited for female readers as the majority of the main characters are girls and there is a bit of unrequited romance between Rosalind and the young gardener. This is a great book for young girls and is an especially good choice book for reading in the summer. It would be a great book for summer reading lists or book displays. This is the first book in the Penderwicks series which consists of four books.