PENNY FROM HEAVEN by Jennifer L. Holm

It's 1953 and eleven-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball.  But nothing is that simple for Penny.  For starters, she cannot go swimming because her mother is afraid Penny will catch polio at the pool.  To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car.  Her Nonny cries every time Penny's father's name is mentioned.  And the two sides of her family are not speaking to each other!  When it rains, it sure does rain, but Penny is learning that like the song says...even the darkest clouds may just contain some pennies from heaven.

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 when being Italian meant that you were the enemy not all that long ago.  But most of all, it is a story about families----about the things that tear them apart and bring them together.  Holm includes pictures from her family album at the back of the book.

Join us on Tuesday, June 26th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this wonderful story about families, love, and forgiveness.  Snacks will be served.