Reviewed By: Metella_Liber
by Jeanne Birdsall
This is the story of four sisters, Rosalind, Skye, Jane and Batty, an interesting boy named Jeffery and MANY animals! When the greedy landlord sells the Penderwick’s summer home in Cape Cod, these sisters find themselves, their lovable dog, Hound, and their father staying at Arundel, a beautiful estate. It is the home of devilish Mrs. Tifton, Jeffery, her son, and Cagney, the owner of two wonderful rabbits that Batty learns to love. When the girls finally arrive at Arundel, after hours of being lost, they see a strange and mysterious boy in the window. When Skye goes out to explore, she bumps unexpectedly into Jeffery who she later realizes was the boy in the window. The whole meeting turns out quite badly because Skye calls his mother snooty and a pain. When Skye realizes what has happened, she has her younger sister, Jane apologize to Jeffery. After that, they become great friends. Throughout the summer, they go on many adventures with Jeffery including him snatching Batty from an angry bull, him rescuing Batty again, this time from a racing car and him playing two-on-one slaughter with Skye and Jane. When the time comes to leave, they are all very sad, especially Rosalind. She has a hard time saying good-bye to Cagney, the gardener she has befriended, and cries when he gives her a flower. In all, I love this book and can't wait for the rest of the books in the series to come out. This is a great novel and if you like to read, this is the book for you.