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The Dew Breaker

By Edwidge Danticat

"In The Dew Breaker, Danticat presents a portrait of evil unlike anything I can remember. The horror and brutality of Haiti during the 1960s and '70s is seen through the eyes of a torturer and his victims, who com e to find that he is living among them in the New York City of today. Edwidge Danticat has achieved what so many writers strive for, a novel that matters." -- Mitchell Kaplan, Books & Books , Coral Gables, FL

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The third of five proposed books about the Penderwick sisters, Rosalind, Skye, Jane, and Batty, is simply lovely, in that idyllic, nostalgic way rarely captured in children's books these days. It's summer again, and Mr. Penderwick and his new wife and son have flown to London for a working honeymoon, and oldest sister Rosalind is leaving the family fold for a few weeks with friends on the Jersey shore.  Skye, Jane, and Batty travel to the coast of Maine with their aunt- and Hound, of course.  They have a surprise visitor (can you guess who?) and of course, they make many new friends, both young and old. 

Their Maine experience is so postcard picture perfect that you will want to spend your summer in Maine picking blueberries, eating lobster, and shopping at LL Bean.  With Skye as OAP (Oldest Available Penderwick), you can expect things to not go as expected, as she struggles with being the sister in charge of everyone and everything, even when she really does not need to be.   Jane, in her Sabrina Starr persona, learns about love and loss in a most Jane like way.  And Batty, in her inimitable way, once again proves everyone wrong as she refuses to just be the baby of the family and chooses to once again defy expectations. It's a summer of growth and change for all the girls as they gain independence from each other, which in turn, only strenghtens and deepens their sisterly bonds.  About 2/3 through, there is a lovely plot twist that will make your heart sing. Pointe Mouette is thoughtful and brave, dramatic and feisty- just like the four Penderwick sisters.

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette
by Jeanne Birdsall (Yearling) Recommended by Diane at Little Shop of Stories Decatur, GA
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