Monday, October 3, 2011

Penny from Heaven Book Review

Penny is an average girl growing up in the 1950's who has had to deal with all kinds of hardships. Her father died right after she was born, and all she knows about him is that he liked Bing Crosby, she gets her arm stuck in an old-fashioned washing machine and is nearly paralyzed, her room is a large closet (but pretty!) and her favorite uncle lives in a car.Worst of all, her mother is dating again-and she likes the milkman! The book follows Penny as she slowly unravels the mystery of her father's Italian family, and why her mother won't talk to them -with the help of her cousin Frankie who desperately wants to be a robber! Penny has all kinds of funny-and sometimes sad adventures, from the toilet flooding her room and spying on her grandmother, to going to a funeral and collecting "death trading cards"(prayer cards!) This book is based on the true story of the author's mother, and is REALLY good! It teaches about the little known story of Italian-Americans and World War 2. Read Penny from Heaven right now! I give it 5 stars out of 5.

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