Monday, May 16, 2011

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm

Title: Penny from Heaven
Author: Jennifer Holm
Reviewer: Stephanie
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Rating: Love
Alerts/Warnings: Love
Premise: It’s1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing’s that easy in Penny’s family. For starters, she can’t go swimming because her mother’s afraid she’ll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father’s name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren’t speaking to each other! Penny from Heaven is a shining story about the everyday and the extraordinary, about a time in America’s history, not all that long ago, when being Italian meant that you were the enemy. But most of all, it’s a story about families—about the things that tear them apart and bring them together. (

Opinions: This is kind of a quiet book. It doesn't have flashes of light or chase scenes. Yet it's authenticity is so spot on that it is quite powerful. Penny is this amazing character who lives with her mother and maternal grandparents. She often goes over to visit her fathers family (her father is dead). She is the go between the two families. I think it is so interesting that her name is Penny and there is always 2 sides in everything that she does. Heads or tails. Penny is trying to figure out how to be and for all the people she loves to love each other. This is an amazing book about families, forgiveness and love. It is truly a great book.

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