Jennifer Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor Winner is the story of a summer of adventures and secrets that will change everything, at a time in America’s history, just after World War II, when being Italian-American meant confronting prejudice because you'd been the enemy not that long ago .
It’s 1953 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 dog, Scarlett O'Hara, is sick. Her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her best friend is turning into a criminal. And no one will tell Penny the truth about how her father died.
Inspired by three time Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm’s own Italian American family, Penny from Heaven is a story about families—about the things that tear them apart and the things that bring them back together.
Includes an Author's Note with photographs and additional background on World War II, Internment camps and 1950s America, as well as additional resources and websites.
"Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy in this coming-of-age story, populated by a cast of vivid characters."
"Penny and her world are clearly drawn and eminently believable."--School Library Journal
"Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy in this coming-of-age story, populated by a cast of vivid characters."--Booklist
"Penny's present-tense narration is both earthy and observant, and her commentary on her families' eccentricities sparkles."--Kirkus Reviews
FINALIST 2009 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
WINNER 2007 - Newbery Honor Book
WINNER 2007 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 2007 - IRA Notable Books for a Global Society
WINNER 2007 - Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year
WINNER 2007 - New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
FINALIST 2007 - Iowa Children's Choice Award
JENNIFER L. HOLM is the New York Times bestselling author of three Newbery Honor Books, as well as the co-creator of the Babymouse and Squish series which she collaborates on with her brother Matthew Holm.
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