You know it's a good book when, having finished, you are sad there is no more! This was one of those stories for me. It's the story of 11 year old, Penny, growing up in 1953 with her grandparents and mother after her father passes away. The book is a series of wonderful vignettes of her life with her mother's family and her dead father's Italian family. The stories of her life make you laugh and ultimately cry. Great look into how Amercia treated the Irish Immigrants in the times around World War II. Also wonderful coming-of-age story. Jr. High level.