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Penny Dreadful (2010)

by Laurel Snyder(Favorite Author)
3.95 of 5 Votes: 1
0375861998 (ISBN13: 9780375861994)
Random House Books for Young Readers
review 1: Really lovely and engaging story about a suddenly-changing life, when Penelope's family jumped the urban/rural divide, class/income, geographic region, and day-to-day lifestyle. The book is about friendship and community. Its characters are interesting, imperfect, and fundamentally good, and Down Betty in particular is a delight: I love it when children's books include older characters who aren't in the story as grandparents (just one of the many ways this novel casually embraces diversity). Worked well as a read-aloud, too--the 7-yr-old was hooked, and it's rare to find a non-fantasy novel he loves (The Penderwicks novels are exceptions, and indeed Penny Dreadful appropriately references those sisters along the way).
review 2: I thought this has a clever title
... more and picked it up. It would appeal to kids who have enjoyed the Clementine series or maybe the Penderwicks. It's not filled with sunshine and joy though as her parents are dealing with job loss and difficulties in their marriage. The main character does show strength and finds good friends so I think the message is a good one. The illustrations are lovely and the story kept me reading it aloud to my girls. less
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In the middle, I wasn't sure I liked the book much. Luckily, by the end, I was OK again.
Cute story. Fun to read with your daughter.
FIC SNY; Adventure; Wishes; Nov.2/12
A very sweet read.
Delightful read!
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