I’m thankful for: The Penderwicks
This jewel of a chapter book made me remember why I love realistic fiction. Take four sisters, one dad and an overactive dog, send them on a summer trip, then add an interesting boy next door. Result: the beginning of a timeless story. I’ve never read a realistic book with characters as full of life as this one. From Batty with her wings to the dramatic Jane, responsible Rosalind to athletic Skye, this is a book I recommend to students with rave reviews coming back every single time. Don’t be fooled by the cover: it’s not a girl book. It’s an everyone book. Ages 7+.