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  • Penny from Heaven
  • Jennifer L. Holm
  • English
  • 21 July 2018
  • 0375849262

About the Author: Jennifer L. Holm

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10 thoughts on “Penny from Heaven

  1. Colby Sharp says:

    When I started reading this book I was thinking 4 stars Why you ask If I give all of Jenni Holm s novels 5 stars people are going to start thinking I have an author crush on her.Penny from Heaven was way too good for four stars It is 23 chapters of amazing I felt like chapters 19 and 20 were as good as anything I have read this year I listened to them on my way to school today, and I cried a solid 30 minutes Here is my list of authors that I think are better than Jenni Holm

  2. Pamela says:

    I love this book Warm Endearing Amusing Honest Penny From Heaven Set in 1953 New York, it s historically insightful and feel good nostalgic Jennifer Holm, inspired by her own American Italian family, wrote this for a middle school audience However, young and old alike will find this coming of age story a delight to read And following the story in the author s notes, Holm includes the connections to her family, as well as many eye opening facts about the era and Italian American cu I love this book Warm Endearing Amusing Honest Penny From Heaven Set in 1953 New York, it s historically insightful and feel good nostalgic Jennifer Holm, inspired by her own American Italian family, wrote this for a middle school audience However, young and old alike will find this coming of age story a delight to read And following the story in the author s notes, Holm includes the connections to her family, as well as many eye opening facts about the era and Italian American culture School is out, and for the first time in months I don t have to worry about Veronica Goodman being mean to me I used to like school, until this year I probably wouldn t have survived if Mrs Ellenburg, the librarian hadn t let me hide out in the library Lucky for me, Veronica Goodman doesn t like to read Eleven year old Penny is a hoot Her humor and philosophical musings had me in stitches She loves the New York Bum Dodgers yes, the Dodgers were in Brooklyn before LA , and listens to all their games on the radio with her grumpy deaf grandfather or with her favorite uncle who lives in his car She loves butter pecan ice cream and Scarlett O Hara the aging family dog And she s fond of both sides of her family, but she gets quite annoyed with their inability to come together Why can t everybody just get along And why can t anyone give her a straight answer about her father When you re eleven, there always seems to bequestions than adults are willing to answer Where s the honesty in that Then when a near tragic event occurs, honesty finally spills forth like pennies from heaven But is it too little, too late Five Bright Shiny Copper Stars

  3. Peter Panic McDaniel says:

    For some ungodly reason I keep reading Newberry books At one point I wanted to be the Newberry specialist, but instead I became hooked on them since I figured out the formula I m especially surprised that this was nominated though While it contained one of the three elements that secretly qualified it for what is ALWAYS ine a Newberry book war it wasn t that interesting and frankly the 50 isms would go over kids heads Heck most of that crap was just foreign to me, if I didn t recall my mot For some ungodly reason I keep reading Newberry books At one point I wanted to be the Newberry specialist, but instead I became hooked on them since I figured out the formula I m especially surprised that this was nominated though While it contained one of the three elements that secretly qualified it for what is ALWAYS ine a Newberry book war it wasn t that interesting and frankly the 50 isms would go over kids heads Heck most of that crap was just foreign to me, if I didn t recall my mother complaining about her crinoline dresses and patent leather shoes, I d be lost in the pages and would have to rely on back to the future as my guide to 1950 However I did learn that the Brooklyn Dodgers were reffered to as Dem Bums and only in the last few pages did I learn about the racism and internment camps the italians had to endure during Roosevelts presidency I almost want to wiki the information, almost ANyway while it was enjoyable enough for me to read, I pretty much wished that I never bought the proof

  4. Carol says:

    I already had this book at home from the library before I realized I checked out a Newberry Honor Book Hot Dog, I just love them and always have I was a teenager when I first found Newberry s and realized how very good they are This is no exception Eleven year old Penny dreams of a summer of her favorite butter pecan Ice Cream, swimming, and baseball But nothing is that easy in Penny s family For starters, she can t go swimming because her mother s afraid she will catch polio at the pool I already had this book at home from the library before I realized I checked out a Newberry Honor Book Hot Dog, I just love them and always have I was a teenager when I first found Newberry s and realized how very good they are This is no exception Eleven year old Penny dreams of a summer of her favorite butter pecan Ice Cream, swimming, and baseball But nothing is that easy in Penny s family For starters, she can t go swimming because her mother s afraid she will catch polio at the pool To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in his 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 Newberry 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 mean t that you were the enemy But most of all, it s a story about families about the things that tear them apart 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 This book has some elements that I would call spoilers They play a very large part of the plot Highly recommend and wishes for Happy Reading andimportantly Happy Thanksgiving

  5. Josie says:

    Penny From HeavenBy Jennifer L HolmPublished by Random House2006Historical FictionJennifer Holm has taken her personal family history and crafted an excellent work of historical fiction in Penny From Heaven Holm s book is funny, moving, and a joy to read Incoming sixth graders, girls especially, will have a hard time putting it down The writing is quick and smart and the characters are round and very dynamic This, in addition to the vignette style chapters that comprise Penny s summer make Penny From HeavenBy Jennifer L HolmPublished by Random House2006Historical FictionJennifer Holm has taken her personal family history and crafted an excellent work of historical fiction in Penny From Heaven Holm s book is funny, moving, and a joy to read Incoming sixth graders, girls especially, will have a hard time putting it down The writing is quick and smart and the characters are round and very dynamic This, in addition to the vignette style chapters that comprise Penny s summer make for a page turner of substance.The book follows Penny and her family throughout the summer of 1953 She lives with her mother, grandmother and grandfather, since her father died when she was young She still remains close to her fathers large Italian family and is always being encouraged to eatby them Penny is an 11 year old like many other she likes baseball, ice cream, a special boy, her dog, family and getting into trouble She dislikes mean girls from school, not being allowed to go to the swimming pool, her grandmother s cooking and her mother s new boyfriend Penny has a lot of fun working in her Uncle s store and playing with her cousin over the summer, but this all comes to an abrupt end after a serious injury Throughout the novel, Penny learnsabout her family, the past and eventually looks towards a new future.This book has laugh out loud moments balanced expertly with real emotion and sadness as well Holm grabs her readers with detailed and thoughtful writing and runs them through the gamit of feelings one experiences as an 11 year old and a 22 year old as well from my own experience Every time Penny mentioned how awful her Me me s cooking and it was often was I laughed Writing in the first person, one really gets to know Penny and how smart, funny and thoughtful she is A great scene is when Mr Mulligan the milkman, her mother s new beau comes to dinner Penny makes sure to make him squirm, giving him a large helping of Me me s infamous peas and onions, Mr Mulligan, would you care for some peas and onions I ask in a sweet voice 134 While there are funny moments, there are also extremely touching moments, especially while Penny is in the hospital She learns the truth of her father s death and grapples with serious issues like death, prejudice, forgiveness and her mother falling in love again Penny from Heaven is a book that has such a wide range of events and feelings, but never seems crowded or over done I think this will allow for every reader to grab on to at least one theme, character or event that they can relate to For me, I found myself relating a lot to Penny s loss of a pet and her first crush Though set in a different time period, the themes and emotions certainly transcend time

  6. Jared says:

    This book had me at big, loud, opinionated, Italian family Fun, fun read.

  7. Ch_hayley Medsker says:

    Penny From Heaven by Jennifer Holm is a story of a young Italian American girl growing up in New Jersey in 1953 Penny is orphaned by her father from the time she was a baby Throughout the novel, 11 year old Penny struggles with many questions about her father, whom no one will speak about Thus, this leaves her questioning her own identity as well While Penny lives with her mother and her boring old American grandparents, Me me and Pop pop, her life is consistently filled with her enormous, Penny From Heaven by Jennifer Holm is a story of a young Italian American girl growing up in New Jersey in 1953 Penny is orphaned by her father from the time she was a baby Throughout the novel, 11 year old Penny struggles with many questions about her father, whom no one will speak about Thus, this leaves her questioning her own identity as well While Penny lives with her mother and her boring old American grandparents, Me me and Pop pop, her life is consistently filled with her enormous, loud, and typical Italian family She visits them often, as they live nearby, and they treat her like a princess Penny also spends her days with her mischievous and trouble making cousin Frankie Yet, throughout the novel, several important events occur in the protagonist s life While still dealing with the unspeakable and tragic death of her husband, Penny s hard working mother attempts to normalize her life, by going out with the girls and dating men, specifically, Mr Mulligan, the neighborhood milkman This predictably bothers Penny to no end Additionally, she develops a crush on a boy and is left out by many of the girls at school However, her relationship with her family seems to be the priority in Penny s life A tragic event uncovers family secrets, and in the end brings them all together again Holmes did a fantastic job at portraying what life was like for a pre teen girl during this time period Her realistic and authentic manner in which she depicts life for this young girl and many Italians is remarkable Small insertions, like the family s fear to speak Italian in public, the love of the baseball team the Dodgers, or the fear of contracting Polio make this a very believable work of historical fiction Yet, the manner in which the family communicates with each other and raw emotion all appeal to the novel s literary and narrative elements The book was inspired on her family s own story and based on her mother s real life experiences This book is geared toward middle school aged students The prior knowledge that a reader brings to the novel is essential in truly grasping the concepts and events that occur in Penny From Heaven

  8. Mary says:

    From BooklistGr 5 8 Penny lives with her plain old American mother and grandparents, but she has an open invitation to visit her deceased father s Italian family, where the delicious aromas are as inviting as the boisterous relatives who welcome her Against the backdrop of these contrasting 1950s households, the author of Newbery Honor Book Our Only May Amelia 1999 charts the summer of Penny s twelfth birthday, marked by hapless episodes as well as serious tensions arising from the estran From BooklistGr 5 8 Penny lives with her plain old American mother and grandparents, but she has an open invitation to visit her deceased father s Italian family, where the delicious aromas are as inviting as the boisterous relatives who welcome her Against the backdrop of these contrasting 1950s households, the author of Newbery Honor Book Our Only May Amelia 1999 charts the summer of Penny s twelfth birthday, marked by hapless episodes as well as serious tensions arising from the estranged families refusal to discuss her father s death Penny is a low key character, often taking a backseat role in escapades with high spirited cousin Frankie However, Holm impressively wraps pathos with comedy in this coming of age story, populated by a cast of vivid characters a burping, farting grandpa an eccentric uncle who lives in his car not exactly normal for people in New Jersey Concluding with a photo illustrated endnote explaining Holm s inspirations in family history, this languidly paced novel will appeal most to readers who appreciate gentle, episodic tales with a nostalgic flavor Hand selling may be necessary to overcome the staid jacket illustration Jennifer MattsonCopyright American Library Association.I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons The characters were strong and well defined I really associated with Penny through her struggles with her family and the differences between the two The relationship between Penny and her cousin, Frankie, was awesome What I really enjoyed about this book, and the whole genre of historical fiction, is the ability to teach about history through fiction If I wasn t in this class, I would probably enjoy reading this story simply for the story of Penny and her family The storyline and characters are strong enough to support a story However, what I will walk away with, after reading this book, is the knowledge about how Italians were treated at this time in history I had no idea Curfews, internment camps This was a great story, but an even better history lesson

  9. Betsy Ross says:

    A very enjoyable and fun read peppered with enough adventure, humorous mishaps, and tender coming of age moments to send you on an emotional journey along with Penny Set in 1953, the book gives you a chance to experience Penny s life, her triumphs, and downfalls, all through her eyes Living with her grandparents on her mother s side Me me and Pop pop, and spending time her crazy Italian side of her family, Penny has plenty of opportunity for thrills and lots of trouble With her main partner A very enjoyable and fun read peppered with enough adventure, humorous mishaps, and tender coming of age moments to send you on an emotional journey along with Penny Set in 1953, the book gives you a chance to experience Penny s life, her triumphs, and downfalls, all through her eyes Living with her grandparents on her mother s side Me me and Pop pop, and spending time her crazy Italian side of her family, Penny has plenty of opportunity for thrills and lots of trouble With her main partner in crime, her cousin Frankie who collects prayer cards from funerals , an Italian Nonny who bursts into tears every time Penny s dead father is mentioned, doting uncles, and an impending romance between her mother and the milkman, Penny s days resemble a roller coaster with all the ups and downs imaginable This particular time in her life forces big changes and new understandings to her perspective Through laughter, tears, and all the in betweens, Penny learns, changes, and grows By the time you re finished reading, you can t help but feel as though you have as well Chop packed with humor, adventure, romance, and tragedy, this tender story following an 11 year coming to terms with her father s death, along with her personal discovery of who she is and her place between cultures and in the world will touch you to the core

  10. Quigmiss says:

    I really really really liked this book i read it for a historical fiction book report, and history isn t my absolute fave,but it was not bad because penny falucci, a girl living in the fifties, has the same worries, thoughts and view points of life as most 11 and 12 year old girls her dad died when she was really young so her many spontaneous, aunts and uncles always are trying to cheer her up whenever they re with her, which is most of the time my favorite falucci family member is aunt gina I really really really liked this book i read it for a historical fiction book report, and history isn t my absolute fave,but it was not bad because penny falucci, a girl living in the fifties, has the same worries, thoughts and view points of life as most 11 and 12 year old girls her dad died when she was really young so her many spontaneous, aunts and uncles always are trying to cheer her up whenever they re with her, which is most of the time my favorite falucci family member is aunt gina i even think her fights with nonny are funny but even though penny likes baseball she has a girly side and looks up to aunt gina as a role model and i like how she gives her a makeover and makes her feel pretty i also think ellie s parents are funny with their little quirks burping, bad jokes and terrible cooking but they still were funny and sweet i think.this book is funny and touching, i got a little emotional towards the end but that s how you know it s a good book read this book and i guarantee you ll love it