Books by Jeanne Birdsall

MY FAVORITE PETS by Jeanne Birdsall
Released: July 5, 2016

"Fans will want to emulate the style and voice of this funny homework saga. (Picture book. 5-8)"
During the opening scene, in which Gus hands the teacher his report and a wrapped present, kindred spirits will suspect that there's a story behind his extra-dazzling smile. Read full book review >
Released: March 24, 2015

"Not without some flaws, but overall, another charmer that will generate smiles, tears and fuzzy feelings. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A new and darker installment in the acclaimed series about the loving and bustling family. Read full book review >
LUCKY AND SQUASH by Jeanne Birdsall
Released: May 1, 2012

"Good for dog lovers and romantics alike. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Two dogs living next door to each other become friends through the fence separating their backyards, successfully serving as matchmakers for their lonely owners, Miss Violet and Mr. Bernard. Read full book review >
Released: May 10, 2011

"Somewhere, there are families like the Penderwicks. Lucky them. The rest of us just get to read about them. Lucky us. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Music and melodrama waft on the ocean breezes as the Penderwicks spend time on the Maine coast, in the third installment about this charming family. Read full book review >
FLORA'S VERY WINDY DAY by Jeanne Birdsall
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Emotionally true from cover to cover. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A little girl paints on a low table; her smaller brother reaches out and knocks paint and crayons all over. Read full book review >
Released: April 22, 2008

"The rest of the story is a pleasant ramble of a read, replete with well-intentioned scheming, adolescent crushes, horrible homework disasters, soccer, secrets, school dances and lots and lots of literary allusion (and yes, a wedding). (Fiction. 8-12)"
This return to the Cameron, Mass., cul-de-sac home of the Penderwicks—romantic seventh-grader Rosalind, temperamental sixth-grader Skye, dramatic fifth-grader Jane, four-year-old Batty, and their widowed college-professor father, Martin, whom readers met in Birdsall's 2005 National Book Award-winning novel—begins with a visit from his sister, the girls' affable Aunt Claire. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2005

"Their adventures and near-disasters, innocent crushes, escaped animals, owning-up and growing up (and yes, changes of heart) are satisfying and not-too-sweet. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Echoes of Alcott contribute to the intimate charm of this story of "summer and magic and adventure." Read full book review >