Penny from Heaven

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Random House Children's Books, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 274 pages
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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! Inspired by Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm's own Italian American family,Penny from Heavenis 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 familiesabout the things that tear them apart and bring them together. And Holm tells it with all the richness and the layers, the love and the laughter of a Sunday dinner at Nonny's. So pull up a chair and enjoy the feast! Buon appetito! From the Hardcover edition.
 

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User Review  - auntieknickers - LibraryThing

Set in 1953 New Jersey, this book is the story of a half-Italian girl being raised, on the one hand, by her widowed mother and native-born American grandparents, and on the other hand, by her late ... Read full review

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User Review  - sharon65 - LibraryThing

This book is about a girl named Penny who has alot of problems, her mother is afraid to allow her to do things because she thinks she will get sick. This book presents real life events for children ... Read full review

Contents

Best Seat in the House
1
Mrs Morellis Brains
17
A Man Who Can Fix A Toilet
32
The Luckiest Fella Ever
58
The TIll1Slr1OI
77
N0nnys Unclerwear
91
CHAPTER NINEZ The Slider
101
The Water Boys Treasure lll
137
A Punishment
175
So This Is Heaven
187
Dumb and Unlucky
197
The Last Person
211
1 IAPTER NINETEENI The Bomb
221
Xl1z1ts in a Name
231
A Lucky Girl
245
A Regular
255

Better than Angels
150
All for the Best
163
A Family Album
267
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About the author (2006)

Jennifer L. Holm is the author of several highly praised novels, including Our Only May Amelia and the Babymouse series. She lives in Fallston, Maryland, with her husband, Jonathan Hamel, their son Will, and a rather large cat named Princess Leia.


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