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Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
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Jan 08, 12

bookshelves: grades-6-8, mystery, historical-fiction, grades-5-6
Read in January, 2012

This book is set in the early 1950's. It discusses the treatment of Italians in America after World War II. Penny, the main character, lives with her mom, grandma and grandpa; her Italian father died when she was very young and how he died remains a mystery to Penny. However, her father's family is still a big part of her life. Throughout the book, Penny struggles with her mom about her lack of freedom, wanting to know how her father died and accepting her mom's choice to get remarried. Penny has a lot of people that care about her and you get to know many of these people throughout the story. While I found myself enjoying this book at certain points, overall it wasn't very good at keeping my interest. I would recommend this book to a middle school student who isn't quite sure what type of genre they are interested in. The setting for the story makes it historical fiction but there's also some mystery and a bit of adventure.
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