Newbery Honor Book
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 favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father s name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren t speaking to each other! Inspired by Newbery Honor winner Jennifer Holm s own Italian American family, Penny from Heaven is a shining story about the everyday and the extraordinary, about a time in America s history, not all that long ago, when being Italian meant that you were the enemy. But most of all, it s a story about families about the things that tear them apart and bring them together. And Holm tells it with all the richness and the layers, the love and the laughter of a Sunday dinner at Nonny s. So pull up a chair and enjoy the feast! Buon appetito!
A youthful voice serves Sealey well as narrator of this offbeat period piece chronicling the colorful experiences of 11-year-old Penny Falucci during the summer of 1953. Penny plans to have a dream summer vacation spending time at the local pool, eating butter pecan ice cream and listening to her beloved Brooklyn Dodgers on the radio with one of her many uncles or cousins. But not all happens according to plan when she suffers a devastating household accident. As Penny struggles to recover, she learns an ugly truth about her father's death years ago and comes to understand the estrangement between her mother's family and her father's boisterous Italian clan. Holm's plot has surprising twists and turns and plenty of evocative flavor, all of which give Sealey room to stretch a bit. Her crisp, even rhythm complements the pace of the unfolding drama. Ages 10-up. (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.