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Penelope Crumb

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Clever novel connects family history with self-acceptance.

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Penelope Crumb suffers mildly from a common problem that occurs when adults write in a kid's voice: The character seems a little too self-aware to be a real 9-year-old. However, the family issues in this novel are addressed with great sensitivity, particularly Penelope's mother's feelings, and the mother-daughter parts are moving. The book also includes funny, believable interactions between Penelope and her teen brother, Terrence (whom she calls "Terrible"), and makes clever, poignant connections between family history and self-acceptance.

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