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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,104 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jennifer L. Holm Narrator: Amber Sealey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • “Penny’s present-tense narration is both earthy and observant, and her commentary on her families’ eccentricities sparkles.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/6/2014

    " Reminded me a little of Number the Stars. I wasn't expecting to like the book as much as I did. It looked like it might be a silly little book, but it turned out much deeper than I thought. Getting the non-fiction book that this author based her story on when I go to the library tomorrow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 2/5/2014

    " I listened to this book on CD. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trimble | 2/5/2014

    " Such a cute little story, heartwarming and sweet. Everyone wants a family like Penny's. Great, clean read for 9+. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Angela | 2/2/2014

    " Reminded me of my own Italian relatives and growing up in New Jersey! Not sure some of my students would relate to life in the 50s for Italian Americans...we call it "gravy" still! Do you call it "sauce"? You may not make that connection! :) "

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