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Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
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This book is told from the perspective of eleven-year-old Penny Fulucci. The setting is 1950 in post WWII New Jersey where Penny lives with her mother and grandparents. Penny’s father the one that named her “Penny” died when she was a baby. Penny’s fathers side of the family is Italian and gets to see Penny quite often. While visiting her Italian family Penny gets to spend time with her cousin Frankie and other relatives. They embrace Penny with their heritage. With time Penny finds out about her fathers death when a tragic event uncovers family secrets and in the end brings them all together again. This book really shows what it was like to be a pre-teen girl living during this time. Penny deals with many issues including: boys, her mother dating, loss of a father, finding her identity. Her family even had a fear of speaking Italian in public places. This book was a fun read. I did not really connect with the characters on a personal level, but I was quite interested in Penny's story. This would be a great read for young readers.
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