The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks, #5) by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks, #5)

Nine years, five older siblings, a few beloved dogs, and an endless array of adventures--these are the things that have shaped Lydia's journey since readers first met her in The Penderwicks in Spring.Now it's summertime, and eleven-year-old Lydia is dancing at the bus stop, waiting for big sister Batty to get home from college.This is a very important dance and a very important wait because the two youngest sisters are about to arrive home to fin...

Details The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks, #5)

TitleThe Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks, #5)
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Books for Young Readers
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fiction, Realistic Fiction

Reviews The Penderwicks at Last (The Penderwicks, #5)

  • twice_baked✌️
    The heck did I just read??That was the biggest waste of time.You probably already know what I think, by the rating I gave it. Here are all my problems with this ... book. (It has a lot of spoilers, even outside the spoiler like the stuff below this - so turn around and leave if you haven't read the book/series.)This might be a little bit biased since my sisters are like no Batty and bleep are cute together.
  • Laura
    2015:I've heard rumors this one is about Lydia and takes place at Arundel. Which means it could be the right timeframe and place for it to be about Skye and Jeffrey getting married.I want this an inordinate amount.2018 Edit (now that I’ve actually read it):Well now I’m kind of sad.SPOILERS:Things I liked: Lydia is a fun character. I liked the final moment with Jack. I appreciate the message that life goes on and things can turn out in lovely ...
  • Katie Fitzgerald
    In this long-awaited conclusion to the Penderwicks series, which is set 15 years after the first book, the entire Penderwicks clan has returned to Arundel to celebrate Rosalind's wedding to Tommy Geiger. Lydia, the youngest Penderwick, is eleven years old, and is thrilled to finally visit the magical place that has been the subject of so many stories told by her now grown-up sisters, who range in age from 19 (Batty) to 27 (Rosalind). While weddin...
  • Sharla
    Lydia frolicks in meadows, plays with sheep, oh and choreographs a dance for her sisters wedding. ATTENTION: This review is chock full of spoilers. So go no further if that is not okay with you.-First Thoughts-I AM FRUSTRATED. And I feel betrayed by Birdsall. Why? Because this last book, the culmination to years spent with these characters completely fell flat. It lacked the emotion, the passion, and depth of insight of the previous books. There ...
  • DaNae
    I'm finally willing to admit it's over. Finishing one of my favorite-for-all-time series is not a time to mourn, well not much. I kept making the joke that it would be tragic if I died before Birdsall got me to this point. Even though I'm mostly healthy, it was actually a fear. But here we are, and I can't be more glowing in my praise for not just this title, but the whole series. I always appreciate a project that knows where it is going and kno...
  • Tirzah Eleora
    I had such high hopes for this book! I’ve been waiting for a worthy finale to this series since I read ‘The Penderwicks in Spring’ shortly after it was published and it proved to be one of the only books that’s ever made me tear up. These hopes have been crushed. This book was anything but a worthy was worse than bad; it was mediocre. It was flat and boring, and had very little of the touching whimsy of it’s forerunners. And...
  • Rachael
    I will post a real review on the blog next week. For now, some stray thoughts. 1. Philippa Nel? That is a serious deep cut children's lit shout out, Jeanne. Nice. 2. I have found that I can't talk about this book out loud without crying. 3. Whoa what's with the Skye and Jeffrey shippers having tantrums here? O_o Settle tf down.Okay, here are some marginally more coherent thoughts: Lydia Penderwick, now eleven years old and just as exuberant as sh...
  • Amy
    I started crying happy tears on the first page and didn't stop until the last.(view spoiler)[I can understand why people are upset that Skye and Jeffrey didn't end up together, but I honestly think it was for the best. Skye has made it clear over and over again throughout the series that she does not have romantic feelings for Jeffrey, and I think that them ending up together would have required disregarding four books of development. Skye and Je...
  • Melissa McShane
    I wanted to love this. Maybe that was never going to happen. I don't know. But when you consider the time span this series covers, and that the girls who were children in the first book are getting married in this one, it's kind of a stretch to keep this a middle grade novel. Yes, the youngest Penderwick is still a child, and she's the main character, but much of the action centers on the concerns of the older ones. So about half the time I felt ...
  • steph
    Probably my least favorite of the series - a bit too seeped in its own nostalgia and the difference between the older and younger siblings felt a bit too big at times. I did love Alice though and the hens and Batty saving spiders. Lydia was great too but I didn't latch onto her as I did with her siblings.I also was a fan of (view spoiler)[ Jeffrey not ending up with any of the Penderwick sisters so the fact that he and Batty were alluded to for t...
  • Naemi
    4.5/5 StarsTo call this a book review would be sadly inaccurate because I have too many feelings to form coherent thoughts right now. So what you're going to get is rambly, somewhat incoherent gushing and thoughts that might not even make sense to people who have also read this series. But I have to talk about it! After all, this was probably my most anticipated finale since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out. I even went to the troubl...
  • Eva
    I'm only rating this three stars (instead of one) because it was super well-written and I liked all the parts about Lydia and Alice and Hitch and Ben and all their adventures. But I really, really, really HATE what Jeanne Birdsall did with The Original Penderwicks (okay, not Rosalind and Jane - Tommy is awesome and writing novels is awesome). Admittedly, it's been a while since I read the other Penderwicks books, but I know that Jeffrey and Skye ...
  • Juny
    I don't even know what to rate this book..."I'm not happy Bob, NOT HAPPY." -Incredibles.Jeanne Birdsall, you have leeet mee down! I still had hope for Skeffery in the begining but halfway through once Jeffery showed up I had lost hope basically. From then on I thought about stabbing a big old knife through the book in rage. I also felt like throwing up and thought that maybe I could rip out just the pages with Batty and Jeffery together because I...
  • Brittany
    I should be more sad that this series has come to a close, but I'm just not. I was more than happy to be reunited with my favorite family, but this finale was missing the certain spark and sense of coziness the previous books ooze. I did like Lydia as the narrator and Alice as her sidekick was a delight, but it was easy to become distracted from their story wishing for more details about the older Penderwick siblings. The conclusion was a bit too...
  • Verena
    I have just read the book again although this book broke my heart. It's only good I have written the end on my own for myself and all Skeffrey shippers in Wattpad, but now it's actually more confusing. This is my edited review. Please be aware of a lot of spoilers.(and I'll stay with my Jane and Wesley theory - if Birdsall bothered to give us a retelling of Emily's quest with this book, I would like to have Emily I. and Teddy Priest together (and...
  • Vikki VanSickle
    Reading this book was a bittersweet experience. Sweet, because it's The Penderwicks and therefore automatically a wonderful read, and bitter, because it's the last book in the series and I'm never ready to say goodbye to The Penderwicks. The book centres around Lydia, who is now a tween, and visiting the fabled Arundel for the first time on the occasion on Rosalind's wedding (!!!) It is a tad surreal to have the original Penderwicks range in age ...
  • Beth
    The Penderwicks at Last is very competent, and goodness knows we need more competently written books. But it never jumps off the page like The Penderwicks in Spring. Maybe it's because it's less fresh: we've already jumped a few years in this series, after all. Maybe it's because Lydia doesn't feel especially unique. Maybe it's because this feels like it's checking the boxes. This is good. It's entertaining and coherent and paced well. It's also ...
  • Brandy Painter
    4.5 starsOriginally posted here at Random Musings of a Bibliophile.The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall is the fifth and final installment of the series that began with The Penderwicks: The Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy back in 2005. I awaited its release with equal parts excitement and trepidation. It's always hard to face the end of a favorite series, especially when one has developed Opinions about ...
  • Ekaterina
    This was not quite as good as the other books in the series, but I still really enjoyed it!
  • Leonard Kim
    Other than Harry Potter in years past, a new Penderwicks is pretty much the only book I have to have on release day and will stay up reading for, through hell and highwater (and a bleary next day at work), until I’ve finished it. I love these books something fierce, but as much as I love them I never thought any of the first four were flawless. Well I loved this one too, and I think it was perfect, which is a little strange as everything turned...
  • Kaethe
    Aaaahhhhh. Very drawn-out sigh of satisfaction. I have just finished the fifth and final Penderwick novel. Previously I had noted how very old-fashioned the books felt: a sort of 20th-century nevertime with cars and phones and computers, but in which plot rarely if ever includes them. I mention this because it was less true in Penderwicks in Spring, and not true at all in Penderwicks at Last. No one watches tv still, but camera phones are integra...
  • Betsy
    My favorite Penderwicks books are still the first (The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy) and the fourth (The Penderwicks in Spring). But this last book ranks right up there with the other three in my opinion!A few notes, if I can do them without spoilers: I, personally, love the way each of the girls has grown up. Are they different from what I might have expected? Sure--but not in a way that mak...
  • Rendz
    4.5I'm a mess. Jeanne did that. Review up this Friday!
  • Sarah
    I can't believe it's over.The Penderwicks books have been a constant presence in my life since I was about the age of the main characters in the first book. I still love the books just as much today as I did then, and they're some of the only contemporary books that I'll recommend wholeheartedly to just about anyone (regardless of age). And now they're over. The Penderwicks at Last is, appropriately, the last book in the series. But even if I'm s...