May 19, 2011

New Penderwick and Casson books!

My two favourite fictional families have returned with new adventures! 

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

The Penderwicks split up in Jeanne Birdsall's latest installment, with Mr. Penderwick off on his honeymoon with Iantha and Ben, and Rosalind spending two weeks with her best friend Anna in New Jersey. That leaves the others to spend the summer with their Aunt Claire at Point Mouette. 

Skye is now the OAP, and she's not too happy about it. It comes with a lot of responsibility. But fortunately, Jeffrey is there to help her out. They have quite a vacation! New friends are made, Jane falls in love, and Batty discovers her creative genius. 

Birdsall has once again written a totally wonderful book. If you haven't met the Penderwicks yet, what are you waiting for? Also get The Penderwicks on Gardam Streetand The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy.You'll love them!

The Cassons go back in time in
Caddy's Worldby Hilary McKay. 

Caddy is in grade one when she meets her best friends: Alison, who hates everyone, Ruby, who is smart, and Beth, who is perfect. But the story really begins when they are all twelve and dealing with all kinds of stuff. Alison is bored and starts flouting school rules, Ruby is pretending not to be smart so she won't be sent to a posh school, and Beth wants to stop growing. As for Caddy, her mum (Eve) has just given birth to Rose, who isn't being quite so permanent. Bill (the father) tries to keep things together, but he's hilariously ill-equipped to deal with rambunctious Indigo and Saffron. It's up to Caddy, the bravest of the brave, to keep it all together. 

Hilary McKay has written another wonderful book, full of chaos and love as always.

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