From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—How can Penina possibly enjoy Hanukkah when her best friend is going to Aruba, her favorite teacher is moving to Arizona, and everyone is fawning over her annoyingly adorable little sister? In this sequel to Penina Levine Is a Hard-boiled Egg
(Roaring Brook, 2007), every chapter is almost like a short story, each filled with small, touching revelations: Penina's worries for her teary-eyed teacher turn into mood-lightening laughter when they both share a joke about a rubber chicken hall pass, she learns that adults can often misspeak when her grandmother mentions that she thinks of Penina as her "revenge" upon her daughter, and that paper snowflakes can sometimes make people feel better. Quick explanations about the holiday are interwoven into the story for those unfamiliar with it. This is a sweet and funny holiday tale, with quirky cartoons that add interest.—Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA
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About the Author
REBECCA O’CONNELL is the author of last year’s PENINA LEVINE IS A HARD-BOILED EGG. which was selected as a Sydney Taylor Book Award Notable Book. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
MAJELLA LUE SUE illustrated the previous book about Penina Levine. She lives in Pasadena, California.