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Penny Dreadful

by Snyder, Laurel.

Format: Print Book 2010
Availability: Available at 5 Libraries 5 of 5 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Snyder
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CLP - Squirrel Hill Children's Fiction Collection j FICTION Snyder
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Collection  Children's Fiction Collection
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Moon Township Public Library Juvenile Fiction JF SNYDER
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j SNY
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"The perfect book for girls and boys who look to find adventure and magic in surprising places! What if you were really bored with your life? What would you wish for? Penelope Grey wishes for something anything! interesting to happen, and here's what she gets: Her father quits his job. Her family runs out of money. Her home becomes a pit of despair. So Penelope makes another wish, and this time the Greys inherit a ramshackle old house in the middle of nowhere. Off they go, leaving the city and their problems behind them. Their new home is full of artists, tiny lions, unusual feasts, and true friends. Almost immediately, their lives are transformed. Penelope's mother finds an unexpected job, her father discovers a hidden talent, and Penelope changes her name! Penny's new life feels too magical to be real, too real to be magic. And it may be too good to last . . . unless she can find a way to make magic work just one more time if it even was magic. Any Which Wall author Laurel Snyder introduces a quirky cast of characters as pleasantly strange as they are deeply real. Abigail Halpin adds to the charm with her distinctive line drawings. Fans of Polly Horvath's My One Hun
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Penelope Grey lives a lovely life in the city, with a stone mansion, servants, toys, and plenty of books. Perhaps she is a little short on friends. And her parents are very busy. But lovely. Then one day, her father comes home and informs his family he has quit his job. This declaration of independence leads Penelope and her parents to Thrush Junction, Tennessee, where Mrs. Grey has inherited a house, but as they quickly learn, it comes with a massive second mortgage and lodgers, who, according to the terms of her aunt's will, can live in the connected apartments without paying rent. There are a few quibbles here. The Greys could have gotten to Thrush Junction a little faster, and Mr. and Mrs. Grey sometimes seem out of touch with their situation (would Mom really not know there was a lien on the house before moving?). But Penny is a wonderful character, and the kids she meets in Thrush Junction make a perfect our gang to have just the sort of small-town adventures Snyder sets up for them (all illustrated in delightful pencil drawings that appear throughout). The tone harkens back a bit, but the fun is reminiscent of the very books Penny gives a shout-out to Betsy-Tacy, Ballet Shoes, and The Penderwicks and what could be nicer than that?--Cooper, Ilene Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Snyder's (Up and Down the Scratchy Mountains) coming-of-age novel addresses economic upheaval and building relationships from a refreshingly positive perspective. Ten-year-old Penelope Grey has a contagious appetite for adventure. She lives in a city mansion with kind but often absent parents, and although "Penelope knew she had nothing to complain about," she one day makes a wish for an "everything change," hoping to conjure up some of the magic that she reads about in her beloved books (Snyder plugs The Little Princess and The Penderwicks, among others). When her father spontaneously quits his job, the family can no longer afford their lifestyle and, coincidentally, are suddenly able to move into an inherited house in rural Thrush Junction, Tenn. There, Penelope encounters unusual neighbors, including scrappy Luella and ex-vaudevillian Down-Betty, all the while wondering if this was the change she was looking for. Snyder's characters are well-developed and endearing, and the author strikes an excellent balance between the reality of the Greys' financial straits and the quiet magic that everyday life has to offer. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Country life -- Tennessee -- Juvenile fiction.
Families -- Tennessee -- Juvenile fiction.
Resourcefulness -- Juvenile fiction.
Country life -- Fiction.
Family life -- Fiction.
Resourcefulness -- Fiction.
Tennessee -- Juvenile fiction.
Tennessee -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Random House,2010
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors Halpin, Abigail.
Language English
Description 304 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780375861994
9780375961991 (lib. bdg.)
0375961992 (lib. bdg.)
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