A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The girls trespass, sneak out of the house, eavesdrop, and are temperamental.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kisses and imagined kisses.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Penderwicks, the story of a widower and his four daughters on summer vacation in the Berkshires, won the 2005 National Book Award. The story is full of innocent adventures and misadventures, and the girls misbehave a bit: rampaging through Mrs. Tifton's formal gardens, sneaking out of the house, losing their tempers, and not always being truthful. There's a first crush and a few kisses.
Is It Any Good?
THE PENDERWICKS is a leisurely paced, old-fashioned kind of story about children enjoying a summer of outdoor play. It won the 2005 National Book Award and was a bit hit with readers and critics who delighted in its humor, family dynamics, and nostalgic atmosphere, despite a copule of one-note characters (the mean and snobbish Mrs. Tipton and her boyfriend).
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