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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.363875
With over one million copies sold, this series of modern classics about the charming Penderwick family from National Book Award winner and New York Times bestseller Jeanne Birdsall is perfect for fans of Noel Streatfeild and Edward Eager.

The Penderwick sisters are home on Gardam Street and ready for an adventure! But the adventure they get isn’t quite what they had in mind. Mr. Penderwick’s sister has decided it’s time for him to start dating—and the girls know that can only mean one thing: disaster. Enter the Save-Daddy Plan—a plot so brilliant, so bold, so funny, that only the Penderwick girls could have come up with it. It’s high jinks, big laughs, and loads of family warmth as the Penderwicks triumphantly return.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on April 8, 2008 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 0375840907
ISBN-13: 9780375840906
33 Book Reviews
  • roxanne3
    roxanne3Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 10:26 am55 stars
    I love this whole series, but this one really stands out to me, because instead of going on vacation like the family does in most books, this one is set on their home street. The Penderwicks aunt has decided that it is time for Mr. Penderwick to start dating and maybe even find a new wife, though nothing could replace the late Mrs. Penderwick. The sisters agree that this is a horrible idea, and they set up a Save-Daddy-Plan, which involves finding terrible ladies for their dad to date, so that he never finds a new wife. It is working, until Mr. Penderwick starts sneaking away on "dates" which really means reading a book about love late at night sitting in his car. This fools the girls, until they realize that he is actually in love with their next-door neighboor. They decide that she would actually make a wonderful mother, and they get married in the end. So sweet, I loved the whole story!!
    • sylvie55555
      sylvie55555Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 5:38 pm55 stars
      This is an excellent book, written by Jeanne Birdsall. In this book The Penderwicks are back from thier vacation at the cottage and from Jeffery, back to thier home on Gardam Street. So when Aunt Claire's news that thier mother who passed away wants thier father to start dating is told, everyone is shocked. But each sister has a different thing to worry about to. Rosalind is annoyed at thier neighbor Tommy, who suddenly seems to have changed so,so much. And Jane and Skye are in much more trouble than they thought when they switch homework assignments. But when a kind neighbor starts to help out, the sisters start to have a new plan... Read the book to find out! I gave this book 5 stars because it was well paced and thought out, but also funny. Hope you enjoy this book! Happy Reading!
      • reader_red
        reader_redThursday, May 16, 2019 at 4:59 pm55 stars
        In the fall after the Penderwick family's wild vacation, their dear Aunt Claire comes to visit, unfortunately with something terrible to say. Oldest sister Rosalind is especially devastated by this news and comes up with a "Save Daddy Plan".
        • the_mockingjay
          the_mockingjayWednesday, March 13, 2019 at 12:45 pm55 stars
          This is a great book!
          • georgiasilver
            georgiasilverSunday, July 8, 2018 at 6:10 pm55 stars
            This book, as well as the entire series, is amazing to read! To me, the family of the Penderwicks seems to, not only learn themselves, but guide the readers through their journey of life. As the Penderwicks, Batty, Rosalind, Jane, and Skye, all work to save their father from the world of dating, their humor and wit spin a very funny and interesting tale. The story is also around family, and the strong bonds between them all as they find a way to come to an agreement as a whole. The readers can also sense the different opinions of various ages, as well as the responsibility and part that each Penderwick is in the family. This book is fantastic, and definitely should be read by anyone! :)
            • irish dancer 15Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 10:21 am
              I have not finished this book yet but it is amazing. Everything you want in a book.
              • marcoc7
                marcoc7Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 10:38 am55 stars
                A fantastic series! I loved this book especially, because the characters were great and I loved the little humored parts, as well as the sad and happy parts. A great book!
                • ACM07Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                  This series for me is one of the best series in the universe!!!!! You will probably love this book! You start reading and you fall in love with the characters immediately. Good luck. (-:
                  • horseluv
                    horseluvWednesday, June 3, 2015 at 5:23 pm55 stars
                    This is the BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!! This funny, entertaining book with all of your favorite characters presents new and exciting challenges. While scheming to find their father horrible dates so he will never date again, aunt Claire is planning blind dates, their father is sneaking out in the middle of all of it to date a book, Batty has a spying partner, Rosalind has found a problem with romance, and Skye and Jane are switching homework and then realizing they shouldn't have... Then they realize their new neighbors, (or spying partner, in Batty's case) Ben and Ientha, might be exactly what they need... an addition to the family.:)
                    • isoryt
                      isorytWednesday, March 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm
                      this book is entertaining, funny and sad.