FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
Three Pennies by Melanie Crowder is the story of a young girl in search of her mother. Marin is just 11 years old, but since the age of 4 she has been moved from one foster home to another, carrying three pennies and a pocket sized book I Ching with her at each move. This book of change is her constant companion. Marin longs to find her birth mother, who abandoned her years ago. In each foster home, Marin stays quiet, trying to stay out of the way and wait for an opportunity to find her mother. But with her mother’s parental rights about to be terminated, Marin finds herself in a potential permanent foster home with Lucy Chang, a doctor who would like to be Marin’s mom. Marin could have a family and a true home. This means that Marin’s life could dramatically change – and what about her mother? Marin desperately wants to find her mother and convince her that they could be together again, so she takes off on a journey of clues, a seaside cliff, and paper wishes. All of the character’s stories collide in a way that is surprising and also realistic. Each character has to overcome their own challenges, making this a worthwhile and intriguing read. The story moves along with the point of view of Marin, an owl, and Gilda the social worker. The writing is strong – lyrical and poetic. The emotional journey rings true and each character is complex and well-rounded. Young readers will enjoy Marin’s story and find much to discuss in these pages. Most importantly, Marin will find a place in each reader’s heart. Happy reading!