Skye Magee Penderwick is the second oldest Penderwick sister, being twelve by the third book. She is stubborn and feisty and the most "book smart" of her sisters. Her interests include advanced math, astrophysics and soccer. Skye appears in all three books. It was said by Jeanne Birdsall that she will appear in the fourth book also, which takes place five and a half years later.
Early life Edit
Skye Penderwick was born one year after her older sister Rosalind. Some of her earliest memories include baking chocolate chip cookies with her mother and Jane, and putting batter in Jane's hair. When she is three, she refuses to eat asparagus that her mother has given her, and screams until her face turns purple. "Out of desperation," Aunt Claire says, Elizabeth sticks the asparagus up her own nose, Skye quiets down and has loved asparagus since. At age five, Nick Geiger builds a skate board ramp and Skye rides Tommy's skateboard over it. When Skye is seven, she goes with her sisters to visit her mother in the hospital, and shortly there after her mother dies. When in second grade, which is presumed to be the same year, Skye learns long division and her teacher accuses her of cheating. When she is ten, she vacations at Cape Cod and rides her raft past the waves and has to be rescued by the lifegaurd. That following spring, she recalls Jane dangling her from her ankles over the Quigley Woods bridge so that she can retrieve a soccer ball stuck on the rocks below. Batty has a memory in which Skye accidently drops Batty into the sea at Cape Cod, and Batty says that she "almost drowned," although the exact time of this is unknown.
Skye drives with her family on a three week vacation to Arundel Hall when she is 11, during the summer before 6th grade. She meets Jeffrey Tifton by crashing into him in a tunnel through a hedge, and from there her two week vacation* is a whirlwind of exciting mishaps and adventures. While she is there she stays in a "perfect" white bedroom, and teaches herself Algebra. She has some awkward and tumultous run ins with Mrs. Tifton, but by the end she is fast friends with Mrs. Tifton's son, Jeffrey.
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The Penderwicks on Gardam StreetEdit
Skye begins 6th grade at Wildwood Elementary by switching homework assignments with Jane, a seemingly innocent rule infraction at the time, which turns out to be disastrous for everyone involved. While Skye's science report for Jane gets a good grade and is filed away without further thought, Jane's play is chosen to be preformed by the 6th grade with Skye cast as the leading role. As it turns out, Skye's stage fright makes it unable for her to preform and Jane takes her place at the last minute. Skye befriends her neighbor, an astrophysicist, Iantha, and comes up with the Save Daddy Plan. In the very end of the book she is a bridesmaid at her father and Iantha's wedding.
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The Penderwicks at Point Mouette Edit
In the summer before 7th grade, when she is 12, Skye drives with Jane and Batty to a cottage at Point Mouette with her Aunt Claire. Jeffrey arrives soon after. Aunt Claire breaks her ankle and Skye's responsibilities as OAP grow almost out of her control. She loses it a few times under all the pressure but must pull herself together to help Jeffrey cope with discovering who his biological father is. At the end of their vacation, Skye gets a short hair cut along with Jane, Batty, and their new friend, Mecades, for moral support, and arrives back at Gardam Street to reunite with Rosalind, Mr. Penderwick, Iantha and Ben.
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The Penderwicks in Spring Edit
Skye is first seen in the fourth book tapping away on her computer and messing up her hair. She is locked in a battle with Jeffrey Tifton over the status of their relationship. He is desperately in love with her, but it is unrequited (unfortunately for Jeffrey) and she bans him from visiting the Penderwick's home several times. However, Skye does grow in her relationship with Batty, and they come to get a clearer understanding of each other in the end after a few mishaps occur.
Skye has straight blond hair and blue eyes. She is mentioned to look much like her mother, but Skye doesn't consider herself a match for her mother's beauty. Her hair is of a medium length until the third book when she gets a haircut along with Jane and Batty. Afterwards it is said she has mature-looking, cropped blond hair. Many characters have described Skye as being pretty (including her new half baby brother Ben), but she resents this description, saying there are much better things to be, like being intelligent. She tends to wear jeans and black tee shirts most of the time.
Skye is, to most appearances, a tough, outgoing girl, not afraid to speak her mind. She has a sharp tongue and is inclined to be sarcastic, this often coming across in the form of humor. She eschews "girly" behaviors like dressing up and wearing makeup, and is not interested in dating. She is pragmatic and realistic, and often becomes frustrated by Jane's idealism, and feels detached from Batty because she is young and sees the world in a way Skye finds it hard to relate to, as well as, until partway through the fourth book, Skye blames Batty for her mother's death. Elizabeth Penderwick found she had cancer after she was pregnant and decided to not treat it but to keep Batty instead.
Skye exudes a tough exterior, but when she is under a great deal of stress at Point Mouette this erodes and her other, softer, side is revealed. Slowly she starts to realize that her tough outer demeanor does not always reflect how she truly feels.
She is very neat and orderly to the extent of perfectionism. She detests disorder and frequently clashes with her messy sister Jane, with whom she shares a bedroom. Skye, when she becomes serious about doing something, is deeply committed, hard working and determined to do things right. This connects with her desire for order, evidenced by the extensive lists she created on how to take care of Batty when Rosalind left the sisters for a week. This determination most often manifests itself as stubbornness, a trait she inherited from her mother. She is shown to never back down from a challenge, and is willing to take physical and occasionally emotional risks.
Skye is notorious for a short, violent temper which she is deeply ashamed of and labors painfully over controlling. As she matures this trait mellows a little, and at first Skye had a tendency to be argumentative and easily provoked, and prone to get sulky and lash out when things didn't go very well.
She is often hostile towards new people, and isn't that great at making small talk because of her antisocial tendencies and a lack of care for restraining her tongue for the sake of making a good impression. This makes her come across as blunt, impetuous and disagreeable. This was originally because she was uninterested in others opinions and was essentially self-concerned, something she grows out of and starts to finally see outside of her own interests, beginning to worry more about her own sisters' wellbeing. She hates to see her sisters upset or hurt, and she has a strong sense of honour and family loyalty.
Skye is an intellectual and loves to learn. However, she is almost exclusively interested in math and science, and is hopeless at creative writing. It is also shown that Skye is interested in becoming an astrophysicist, and in the third book she brings a book by Neil deGrasse Tyson, a famous astrophysicist, with her to Point Mouette.
Rosalind Penderwick- Skye gets along all right with Rosalind. It is mentioned that Rosalind keeps bailing out for Skye, so she decided to send Jane to apologize to Jeffrey about Skye's unfortunate meeting with him. Skye often seeks Rosalind's advice on matters such as temper and feelings. Skye and Rosalind care for each other, but their relationship is not as close as Skye's relationship with Jane.
Jane Penderwick- Skye and Jane have to share a room. They often have mild arguments, but they get along fairly well. They even switched homework assignments twice, first when Skye built Jane a model wind tower in exchange for Jane writing Skye some poems, and second - this one causing trouble - Skye writing Jane's antibiotics science essay for her and Jane wrote Skye's Aztec play, Sisters and Sacrifice, which turned out to be so good Skye's teacher chose it for the play to perform at a school gala night. Later, they both confess to their family and their teachers that they switched homework the second time. Skye and Jane are the closest out of all the sisters, and often talk about their secrets.
Batty Penderwick- Skye dislikes having to take care of Batty, and Skye is the most awkward sister around Batty, possibly due to her more tomboyish nature than the other sisters, and their age differences. They visited Arundel together once but Batty caused a mess in the room, which made Mrs. Tifton very angry and called Batty "odd", but when Batty asked Skye later if she really was odd, Skye told her she was perfect, and Mrs. Tifton didn't know what she was talking about. When Skye was the OAP in the third book, she spent all her time worrying about Batty getting blown up.
Love interests Edit
Pearson - Pearson had a crush on Skye ever since the second book, when he played Coyote in the Sisters and Sacrifice play written by Jane, but which Skye pretended to have written. Pearson said he thought Skye was a very good writer, though Jane was the one who actually wrote the play. He asked Skye out to the movies, but she had no interest in him, telling him to "go soak your head, Pearson." It is also mentioned in the third book that Skye kissed Pearson so he would stop asking her out, but then she punched him in the face.
Jeffrey Tifton - Jeffrey and Skye's relationship did not start in a positive manner. They first met when Skye collided with him while exploring the gardens in Arundel, and insulted his mother without realising who he was. Jeffrey becomes good friends with Jane and Batty but his relations with Skye remain frosty until he saves Batty's life. After this they develop a good-natured friendship, and they like to tease each other. They share a mutual interest in soccer.
She considers their friendship to be of great value, and treasures a mug her gave her as a present. In turn, he seems to find comfort in her, she being the only one who could calm him down when he runs away after discovering his father's identity.
They admit to each other that they wish that they live closer together, as they miss each other sometimes. She appears to be jealous of the time his cousins get to spend with him, and asks how far apart they live and if they play soccer.
In the third book he askes her in a philosophical moment if she thinks they will ever get married. She jokingly asks if he is alright. Skye later lets this slip to Jane, who likes to remind her at later dates.
Five years on their friendship has turned romantically one sided. Jeffrey falls desoerately in love with her, causing Skye great emotional distress as she hates the idea but he keeps pressurising her. She tells him that she has no time for relationships, as college and her future career come first for her.
Genevieve - In the second book, Genevieve is only briefly mentioned but Skye waved at her before she (Skye) rushed off to yell at Jane about the Sisters and Sacrifice play.
Melissa - Melissa and Skye are frenemies. They used to be bitter rivals, especially as Skye was the captain of Antonio's Pizza and her the captain of Cameron Hardware, two soccer teams that competed against each other. After the final game, they talked and when Melissa started crying, Skye reluctantly hugged her. It turned out Melissa was jealous of Skye because she liked Pearson, and since she was smart and pretty.
Molly - Molly is one of Skye's soccer friends in the fourth book.