It’s 1953 and eleven-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.
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