Parents' Guide to

Penny from Heaven

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Slow but intriguing Newbery Honor book.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Great book

My ten year old daughter loves this book so much that she wouldn't put it down! Would reccomend it!

Is It Any Good?

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The first half of Penny from Heaven is a slow but evocative and nostalgic slice of life in a '50s Italian family in suburban New Jersey. It makes reference to the fear of polio, saying "swell," rooting for the Brooklyn Dodgers, eating abundantly, etc. Getting through this part takes patience and real reading experience.

Things pick up in the second half, when a terrible accident leads to secrets revealed and families reconciled. It's all beautifully written and fascinating (though perhaps more to adults than to most kids), and it reveals a true but little-known historical event.

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