My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Another amazingly wonderful book in this series! Little Batty is in 5th grade, and she’s no longer the youngest Penderwick sister. Lydia is the baby of the family, and clings to Batty and Ben as they form a group of Younger Penderwick Siblings. Batty discovers a love of singing and wants to surprise her family with a vocal concert on her birthday, but things don’t go as planned and poor Batty suffers as old family wounds are revealed.
As always, I adore the quirky intelligent varied personalities of every Penderwick character. That whole family is so adorable! Every conversation is hilarious and clever and touching. They’re all just so sweet, and I want to hug them and get adopted into their family. And then I want to go next door and get adopted by the neighbors too!
There is so much crying in this book, so many secrets and crying! It’s emotional and heart-wrenching, but also liberating in a way. Seeing Batty deal with her wild feelings and be healed from her emotional hurts strikes a deep chord within the human heart, and it’s liberating to read about those experiences.
There’s also a lot of music, and as a musician I was so pleased with every reference to music, how a musician feels discovering a new talent, that hunger for more music, and how the music heals deep places inside you that words can’t touch. Just brilliant writing!
The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars is because of all the dogs. I don’t like dogs, and it gets on my nerves. Otherwise, it’s a 5 star book!