Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm audiobook

Penny From Heaven

By Jennifer L. Holm
Read by Amber Sealey

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5.60 Hours Unabridged
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Jennifer Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor Winner is the story of a summer of adventures and secrets that will change everything, at a time in America’s history, just after World War II, when being Italian-American meant confronting prejudice because you'd been the enemy not that long ago . It’s 1953 and 11-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. "Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy in this coming-of-age story, populated by a cast of vivid characters."—Booklist

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Summary

Jennifer Holm's New York Times bestselling, Newbery Honor Winner is the story of a summer of adventures and secrets that will change everything, at a time in America’s history, just after World War II, when being Italian-American meant confronting prejudice because you'd been the enemy not that long ago .

It’s 1953 and 11-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.

"Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy in this coming-of-age story, populated by a cast of vivid characters."—Booklist

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy in this coming-of-age story, populated by a cast of vivid characters.” Booklist
“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

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Author

Author Bio: Jennifer L. Holm

Author Bio: Jennifer L. Holm

Jennifer L. Holm is the author of the 1999 Newberry Honor book, Our Only May Amelia. In addition to writing novels for young adults, she produces television commercials and lives in Brooklyn.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.60
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English