The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

 

Author: Jeanne Birdsall 

Genre: Children/Adventure/Humor/Family 

They’re back – Rosalind, Skye (as in Blue Skye), Jane, and Batty. But this time they’re back in their natural habitat… and having rather abnormal adventures! Enter the Save-Daddy-Plan (which is really the Save-The-Penderwick-Sisters plan) and two nice next door  neighbors, troubles with affairs of the heart for Rosalind and Skye, and writing conundrums for Jane as well as spying dilemmas for Batty. 

In some ways, this book exceeded my expectations. It was just as adorable, warm-hearted, humorous, and timeless as the first book. I absolutely adored it. 

BUT… 

…enter a few disturbing things. Jane wonders briefly about reincarnation. Aztec gods are mentioned a lot (a play Jane writes about the Aztecs is mostly the cause of this) and ghosts are also mentioned. The most disappointing part of the book is just one sentence – it is mentioned that, while Jane did NOT use her alter-ego Mick Hart, she did, however, pray to the Aztec gods once or twice for help during a soccer game. 

…excuse me? 

Another time, she visits her “Enchanted Rock” and waits for different kinds of fictional divinities to visit her (none do) but it’s still disappointing. Therefore, this book might have to wait to be read until the reader is old enough to understand why these things definitely are NOT OK. 

Ages: 10+ 

4.5 out of 5 stars

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2 responses to “The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

  1. For some reason I just didn’t like this book as much as the first one. Perhaps it was because they’re not at Arundel, Jeffrey isn’t in it, and I’m not a big fan of Tommy:).

  2. The Aztec thing is dissapointing …I still like the basic story of course :-) I want to get to the library soon!!!!!

    ~Monica

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