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The Penderwicks Series
Author: Jeanne Birdsall
Number of Books in Series: 5
Age Group: 8 - 12 years

Reading Level: AR Levels 4.7-5.6
GLE 4.8
DRA 50
Lexile® measure 800L-940L

Book 1 Summary: While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four young sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

Penderwicks Book List:

This series should be read in the correct order listed here.

Book 1: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
Ages 8-12. June 14, 2005.
AR: 4.7 (8.0 Points, Quiz #88005);  GLE: 4.8
F&P/GRL: T;  DRA: 50
Lexile measure: 800L

Book 2: The Penderwicks on Gardam Street
Ages 8-12. January 1, 2008.
AR: 5.3 (10.0 Points, Quiz #121474)
Lexile measure: 850L

Book 3: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
Ages 8-12. May 10, 2011.
AR: 5.6 (10.0 Points, Quiz #143702)
Lexile measure: 940L

Book 4: The Penderwicks in Spring
Ages 8-12. March 24, 2015.
AR: 5.5 (12.0 Points, Quiz #173367)
Lexile measure: 880L

Book 5: The Penderwicks at Last
Ages 8-12. May 8, 2018.
Lexile measure: 850L

Book Sets: Sets of Up to 5 Books

List of Awards:

2005 National Book Award
Junior Library Guild Selection
Children's Book Sense Top 10 Pick
Nick Jr. Magazine Best Book of the Year
Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
2005 Kirkus Reviews Editors' Choice
Booklist Editors' Choice
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
2007 Germany Kalbacher Klapperschlange
BookBrowse Sapphire Award for 2005 Most Popular Debut
2008 New York Public Library Title for Reading and Sharing
Summer 2008 Children's Book Sense Top Ten Pick
2009-2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List Title
2008 Cuffie Award for Best Sequel
Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
Boston Examiner Best Book for Middle School Readers
2009 Heidelberger Leander Award
Summer 2011 Kids' Indie Next List
2011 New England Book Award

Best Seller Lists:

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Other Websites for Additional Information:

Author Website for Jeanne Birdsall


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