Jennifer Holm is the author of several award winning books, but Penny from Heaven is my favorite. It’s lovely book about a boisterous Italian family, an overprotective mother, and a girl longing to stay young for a little longer.
Penny, a half-Italian girl living with her mother and grandparents in New Jersey, longs to know more about what happened to her father. Her died when she was very young and her mother never speaks of him. The only time Penny is able to hear his name mentioned is when she is over at her Italian grandparents house, where her myriad of Aunts, Uncles, and cousins never fail to talk about her dad. Penny loves spending time in this boisterous household where food is always delicious and life is never dull!
Set in the 1950’s, this book is about so much more than just the problems a family goes through. It has exciting baseball games, friendships, and a mystery of buried treasure. The characters are incredibly real and lovable (my favorite was Uncle Dominic). A true gem!
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Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm; $6.99; Random House Books for Children; Ages 10+