The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks Series #2)

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street (The Penderwicks Series #2)

by Jeanne Birdsall


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This series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager. Over one million copies sold, now with a bright new look!

The Penderwick sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn’t quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick’s sister has decided it’s time for him to start dating—and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan—a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It’s high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440422037
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/23/2010
Series: Penderwicks Series , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 25,562
Product dimensions: 5.32(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jeanne Birdsall lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, with her husband and a large assortment of animals. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street is her second novel.

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CHAPTER ONE: Rosalind Bakes a Cake

Four years and four months later

Rosalind was happy. Not the kind of passionate, thrilling happy that can quickly turn into disappointment, but the calm happy that comes when life is steadily going along just the way it should. Three weeks earlier she’d started seventh grade at the middle school, which was turning out not to be as overwhelming as rumored, mostly because she and her best friend, Anna, shared all the same classes. And it was late September, and the leaves were on the verge of bursting into wild colors—Rosalind adored autumn. And it was a Friday afternoon, and although school was all right, who doesn’t like weekends better?

On top of all that, Aunt Claire was coming to visit for the weekend. Beloved Aunt Claire, whose only flaw was that she lived two hours away from the Penderwicks’ home in Cameron, Massachusetts. But she tried to make up for it by visiting often, and now she was arriving this evening. Rosalind had so many things to tell her, mostly about the family’s summer vacation, three wonderful weeks at a place called Arundel in the Berkshires. There had been many adventures with a boy named Jeffrey, and for a while Rosalind had thought that she might be in love with another boy—an older one—named Cagney, but that had come to nothing. Now Rosalind was determined to stay away from love and its confusions for many years, but still she wanted to talk it all over with her aunt.

There was lots to get done before Aunt Claire arrived—clean sheets on the bed, clean towels in the bathroom, and Rosalind wanted to bake a cake—but first she had to pick up her little sister Batty at Goldie’s Day Care. She did so every day on the walk home from school, and even that was part of her happiness. For this was the first year her father had given her the responsibility for her sisters after school and until he came home. Before now, there had always been a babysitter, one or another of the beautiful Bosna sisters, who lived down the street from the Penderwicks. And though the Bosnas had been good babysitters as well as beautiful, Rosalind considered herself much too old now—twelve years and eight months—for a babysitter.

The walk from Cameron Middle School to Goldie’s took ten minutes, and Rosalind was on her last minute now. She could see on the corner ahead of her the gray clapboard house, with its wide porch full of toys. And now she could see—she picked up her pace—a small girl alone on the steps. She had dark curls and was wearing a red sweater, and Rosalind ran the last several yards, scolding as she went.

“Batty, you’re supposed to stay inside until I get here,” she said. “You know that’s the rule.”

Batty threw her arms around Rosalind. “It’s okay, because Goldie’s watching me through the window.”

Rosalind looked up, and it was true. Goldie was at the window, waving and smiling. “Even so, I want you to stay inside from now on.”

“All right. But—” Batty held up a finger swathed in Band-Aids. “I just was dying to show you this. I cut myself during crafts.”

Rosalind caught up the finger and kissed it. “Did it hurt terribly?”

“Yes,” said Batty proudly. “I bled all over the clay and the other kids screamed.”

“That sounds exciting.” Rosalind helped Batty into her little blue backpack. “Now let’s go home and get ready for Aunt Claire.”

Most days the two sisters would linger on their walk home from Goldie’s—at the sassafras tree, with leaves shaped like mittens, and at the storm drain that flooded just the right amount when it rained, so you could splash through without getting water in your boots. Then there was the spotted dog who barked furiously but only wanted to be petted, and the cracks in the sidewalk that Batty had to jump over, and the brown house with flower gardens all around, and the telephone poles that sometimes had posters about missing cats and dogs. Batty always studied these carefully, wondering why people didn’t take better care of their pets.

But today, because of Aunt Claire’s visit, they hurried along, stopping only for Batty to move to safety a worm that had unwisely strayed onto the sidewalk, and soon they were turning the corner onto Gardam Street, where they lived. It was a quiet street, with only five houses on each side, and a cul-de-sac at the end. The Penderwick sisters had always lived there, and they knew and loved every inch of it, from one end to the other. Even when Rosalind was in a hurry, like today, she noted with satisfaction the tall maples that marched along the street—one in every front yard—and the rambling houses that were not so young anymore, but still comfortable and well cared for. And there was always someone waving hello. Today it was Mr. Corkhill, mowing his lawn, and Mrs. Geiger, driving by with a car full of groceries—and then Rosalind stopped waving back, for Batty had broken into a run.

“Come on, Rosalind!” cried Batty over her shoulder. “I hear him!”

This, too, was part of their everyday routine. Hound, the Penderwicks’ dog, always knew when Batty was almost home, and set up such a clamor he could be heard all up and down Gardam Street. So now both sisters were running, and in a moment, Rosalind was unlocking their front door, and Hound was throwing himself at Batty as though she’d been away for centuries instead of just the day.

Rosalind dragged Hound back into the house, with Batty dancing alongside in an ecstasy of reunion. Down the hall they all went, through the living room and into the kitchen—where Rosalind opened the back door and shoved the joyful tangle of child and dog into the backyard. She shut the door behind them and leaned against it to catch her breath. Soon Batty would need her afternoon snack, but for now Rosalind had a moment to herself. She could start on the cake, which she’d decided should be a pineapple upside-down one.

Humming happily, she took the family cookbook from its shelf. It had been a wedding gift to her parents, and was full of her mother’s penciled notes. Rosalind knew all the notes by heart, and even had her favorites, like the one next to candied sweet potatoes—An insult to potatoes everywhere. There was no note next to pineapple upside-down cake. Maybe if it was a great success, Rosalind would add her own. She did that sometimes.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Penderwicks on Gardam Street 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Penderwicks series sooooo much and this book is by far my favorite out of the three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book and this one is just as good. Hope all if you book lovers out there have a chance to enjoy a good book lije this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so far and i loved the first one to :)!
luvbookworm1998 More than 1 year ago
Jeanne Birdsall captures alll the things you need to laugh all in this book! The Book is to well written to be put down untill you reach the last word in the book! You have to read this not just the whole book but the Epilogue too!!!! But first you might want to read "The Penderwicks".
Savannah Viereck More than 1 year ago
i enjoyed this book because i could not stop had a gret ending and if anyone wants to read it go ahead because it has all the qualities for a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the penderwicks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is a great book. It is a great kid friendly book. I recommend it for ages 9-12. I would also recommend reading The Penderwicks before you read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the penderwicks on gardam street because it shows how hard life is with no mom and your dad about to remarry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've only read the sample and it already seems awesome!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first and third book. So far i have loved all of them. Thi is one of those series that makes u sad when u finish it. This is a book that is worth buying. U can read it a million times and still love it. Leaves you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Courtneys-Homework More than 1 year ago
The book I chose to read was The Penderwicks On Gardam Street. It is a sequel to The Penderwicks. The book takes place Fall 2008 in a town called Cameron, Massachusetts. The prologue starts the book off when their mother was alive but sick. She dies and gives the Penderwick's Aunt Claire a very important blue letter. In chapter one the girls have a new neighbor single mother Iantha and her baby boy Ben and orange cat Asimov. Mr. Penderwick reads the note his wife left him long ago it it says that four years after her death he needs to start dating. In chapter six the girls decide to hold a MOPS (Meeting Of Penderwick Sisters). Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty come up with a "Save-Daddy Plan". Their plan is to set up three more horrible dates for their father so he'll want to stop dating. Throughout the rest of the book lies are caught up to them and the family also becomes good freinds with Iantha and hang out with Tommy Gieger and his football loving older brother. I found a lot of positives, and some negatives, in the book The Penderwicks On Gardam Street. One thing I like was that each character is unique in personality and physical traits. I liked the change in Skye throughout the novel, from fiery to bold and truthful. The mysterious ending and how everything works out right and everybody is happy. The description throughout the novel was not very creative and didn't grab my attention. I didn't see why the Rosalind and Tommy relationship was necessary. I hated reading about the character Batty and didn't understand what made her four year old adventures so interesting. All in all I liked reading this novel. I really liked this author's writing style. It was clear and easy to read and was full of expression, like when she was describing Jane's feelings throughout the book. Jeanne Birdsall wrote The Penderwicks in third person so you could see the outlook of events from different perspectives. She used pretty good sensory vocabulary throughout novel, for example, in the first chapter when Rosalind was baking a cake. Her writing is sometimes a little old fashioned, but at the same time casual because she used words like oaf and their adventures. I would and would not recommend this book for many reasons. I would because it is descriptive, has likable characters, has a amazing plot and ending. I would say no in some cases because the first original book is better and you wouldn't understand this book without reading the first. If you're ten and up I would recommend it. If you were younger than ten I would not because there is talk about the father dating and also Rosalind dealing with a crush, besides that there is nothing to look out for. Similar novels include The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, Mysterious Benidict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, and Savvy by Trenton Law. I would also recommend The Mysterious Benidict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, and Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I loved reading and reviewing this book.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Rosalind has been a fine mother to her sisters Jane, Skye, and Batty for four years, ever since their mother died. So when her Aunt Claire visits with a blue letter for her father, written by her mother, Rosalind can't chase away the sense of foreboding.

When she finds out that her mother's letter suggests her dad start dating again, Rosalind quickly calls the sisters together for an emergency MOPS - a Meeting of Penderwick Sisters. Together they hatch the Save Daddy Plan, designed to ensure that they will never have to endure a stepmother.

As their father begins to suffer through the torture of dating, the sisters become involved in complications of their own. Skye and Jane get tangled up with homework while playing soccer in perfect sync. Rosalind struggles with her own boy problems involving the Geiger brothers. And Batty spies on Bug Man with her dog, Hound, and the new neighbor's little boy, Ben.

Before long, not only are the sisters beginning to unravel, but they also realize that the Save Daddy Plan is making their father miserable. After a night of revelations and confessions, the sisters revise the plan with the help of Ben's mother, Iantha.

THE PENDERWICKS ON GARDAM STREET is a delightful book featuring laughter, pranks, bedtime stories, and the sweet emotions of family love. Jeanne Birdsall and the Penderwicks will capture your heart.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont have any reason to hate
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Penderwicks sisters' mother died when Batty was a baby, but before she died she asked her husband's sister to give him a letter. When Aunt Claire comes over, bringing the letter that asks Mr. Penderwick to start dating again, the sisters cook up the "Save Daddy Plan" to keep their father from getting remarried. This story is as funny as the first book about sisters Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty. Though the plot is more predictable the older the reader, I had fun anticipating what was going to happen. I really enjoyed listening to Susan Denaker's narration of the audiobook because she interprets each character well and adds to the humor with her delivery.
bookappeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good, old-fashioned story about four sisters, each with different personalities and abilities, who share an unbreakable family bond with their widowed father throughout life's joys and tragedies.
RidgewayGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second of Jeanne Birdsall's books about the Penderwick sisters; Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty. They live on Gardam Street with their father and Hound, Batty's dog. In this installment, their Aunt Claire tries to get their father to begin dating and the girls come up with a Save-Daddy plan, spearheaded by Rosalind, who is feeling threatened by the idea of a new woman in their lives. Also, they have new neighbors, Skye and Jane do something dishonest and suffer the consequences and Batty insists that there is a strange man spying on them.Birdsall handles this book with the same sensitivity and light touch that made The Penderwicks such a joy to read. With the four girls ranging in age from pre-school to adolescence, there is someone for every reader to relate to. I read this with my two children, and they both loved it, as did I. It reads like an old-fashioned kind of book, where the siblings are united and courageous, while being very much set in the world of today.
mks27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hats off to Jeanne Birdsall for creating the Penderwicks, an imperfect, yet genuinely good family made up of four sisters, a hound, and one loving father. As in the first Penderwick book, the characters are spot on, especially the Penderwick sisters. The setting is the Penderwick home where we meet their neighbors, school friends, teachers, soccer opponents, and Aunt. As before, each sister faces a predicament, and although they want to be good, in the end there is explaining to do and apologies to be made. Birdsall includes the girl¿s old friend, Jeffrey, a reminder of their Summer adventure. In my mind, the only improvement would be a prominent evil character, such as Mrs. Tipton, who made the girl's goodness shine in contrast.The themes of this book are family love and support for each other through whatever difficulties need facing and that each member of the family is loved and accepted for who they are, add to this lovely schemes gone wrong, great humor, innocence, and a few tears at the end (at least for me), and you have a highly recommended read for both children and adults.
Nikkles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good sequel. The books have an old fashioned feel with out being boring. Jeanne Birdsall writes stories with a lot of heart.
holmquist on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hey! I am Azhu.I have read The Penderwicks on Gardam St.There are 4 girls Rosalinda , Skey , Jane , Batty.Rosalinda is the eldest an Batty the youngest.In the beginning The girls mom dies of cancer right when Batty was born.I liked when the 4 sisters try to find horrible dates to go on dates whith thier father so he will never date again.I thought this book was funny and happy.When the mother died,I felt really sad.Clarie thinks that Martin should start dating ( Clarie =aunt Martin = father ). Will he get married?Will he like any of his dates?Find out if you read thi book.If you like happy and funny books then you will love and enjoy this book.
shelf-employed on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In Jeanne Birdsall¿s debut novel, The Penderwicks were spending their summer vacation in the Berkshires. Now they¿re back at home in Massachusetts in their home on Gardam Street. This follow up to the National Book Award winner, The Penderwicks, continues the adventures of the Penderwick family- the Latin-spouting botanist, Mr. Penderwick, Rosalind, the responsible oldest sister, Skye, the pretty, practical and athletic one of the bunch, Jane, the dramatic and artistic author of many Sabrina Starr adventures, and Batty, the sweet and sensitive youngest of the clan.Rosalind calls an emergency MOPS, or Meeting of the Penderwick Sisters. Mr. Penderwick is about to enter the dating pool, on the five year anniversary of his wife¿s death from cancer. The girls decide to implement the Save-Daddy Plan and the adventures begin.Although the plot contains common and modern family issues ¿ a dating dad, cheating in school, lying, a first crush, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street reads like the fiction of bygone days. (think Little Women or Anne of Green Gables). When Skye is responsible for a melee on the soccer field, the official ends the game, ¿The Penderwick¿s ride home was an unhappy one. `The referee told me this league has never had a brawl of that magnitude,¿ said Mr. Penderwick after a long, painful silence. ¿of course, at the time I was pretending to be a casual passerby and not a father at all¿..The point is that perhaps the family honor need not be defended so vigorously.¿ `I think Sky was wonderful,¿ said Batty. `No, I wasn¿t, you nincompoop,¿ said Skye. `I¿m the captain and I wrecked the game. But for the rest of the season I¿ll be well behaved if it kills me.¿ `Try not to take it that far.¿ Mr. Penderwick sighed. `How I came to be surrounded by such warlike women is beyond me.¿¿The story¿s conclusion may be a bit too pat, and the surprise ending may stretch credibility (just a bit!), but the Penderwicks are too charming to resist.
pintrader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Birdsall hit a grandslam with the Penderwicks on Gardam Street. The first book was a book that didn't have much of a plot and a book I couldn't wait to stop reading. In the second Penderwick book it revolves a bit around Mr. Penderwick going on dates a little romane from Rosalind a Sabriana Star and of course Hound. The book showed all of us more of the characters personality and made you believe the Penderwick family was your next door neighbors. For anyone who enjoys a humorous well written book then the Penderwicks on Gardam Street is for you.
ChristianR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another enchanting book about the Penderwick sisters. This time they are coping with the idea of their father dating for the first time since their mother died. Each sister is her own person, and they all are lots of fun to be around.
MaowangVater on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The four Penderwick sisters have a problem. They feel their formerly beloved Aunt Claire is pushing a program of remarriage for their widowed father. This can only mean one thing for them: a stepmother. And everyone knows that stepmothers come in only two varieties; they¿re either wicked or evil. It¿s time for a secret Save-Daddy Plan. Fix him up with some really horrible dates and then he won¿t be interested in marriage. But it¿s hard to concentrate on the plan when you also have to deal with new next-door neighbors, boys running football drills through your yard, homework¿I mean, who would want to write a play about the Aztecs¿Sixth Grade Performance Night and soccer games. Birdsall writes in the tradition of Beverly Cleary and Eleanor Estes. The pleasure of this realistic family story comes from the characters of the siblings, their friends and neighbors and the trials of growing up and finding your place in the world and with the other people in it, even when one of them is an annoying neighborhood boy.
AMaykut on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great. It is the second book in the series. If you like regular family chaos then you probably want to read this!I would write more, but I'm kind of tired. Sorry.