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My father—a Housemaster—is known to the boys as Bill. My name is Marigold, but to one and all because my father is very memorable and eccentric and had been around the school for a very long time before I was born—I was only Bill’s Daughter. Hence Bilgewater. Oh hilarity, hilarity! Bilgewater Green.

Jane Gardam, Bilgewater

It was Ella’s turn to have her book stamped. The library lady looked up and Sarah could see the deep blue of her eyes. The library lady smiled. She has dimples, Sarah thought. Surely a lady with dimples could never be harsh.

Sydney Taylor,
All-of-a-kind Family

About The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy...

the penderwicks book jacketMeet the Penderwicks, four different sisters with one special bond. There’s responsible, practical Rosalind; stubborn, feisty Skye; dreamy, artistic Jane; and shy little sister Batty, who won't go anywhere without her butterfly wings.

When the girls and their doting father head off for their summer holiday, they're in for a surprise.  Instead of the tumbledown cottage they expected, they find themselves on a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon the girls are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts. But the most wonderful discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel's owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures.

The icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, though, and warns the new friends to stay out of trouble. Which, of course, they will—won’t they?

One thing's for sure: it will be a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.

The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy has won many awards, including the 2005 National Book Award for Young People. It has been published in Large Print, and is being translated into 18 languages.

Audio book cover The Penderwicks is also a read-aloud book!
For more information please visit the Random House Listening Library, or listen to a sample.