by Jeanne Birdsall
I enjoyed both The Penderwicks and this companion novel. The family of four little girls who are being raised by their widow family encounters a new idea: dating. Daddy is being pressured to date and the girls are unsure of this development.
I love the spiritedness of the girls and the way the author develops their different personalities. They are 12, 11, 10, and 4 in this book. They sorta remind me of "Little Women" in the fun ideas they have and the family togetherness.
I definitely think these books are for middle school or above. Some of the themes addressed are death, dating, lying, and growing up.