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The Penny Project Paperback – August 24, 2014
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Betsy Love created captivating characters and a story that I couldn't put down. And the ending? Extremely powerful and very unexpected. This book definitely takes you on a journey and teaches you some important life lessons. It should be read by both teens and adults because we can all gain something important from it!
I found the characters engaging and the story line compelling. I liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, especially those by DeWalt Love. The manure screen was great and I really liked how she kept the suspense with wondering if Penelope was ill with a serious disease.
Good job Betsy!
How many books have you read in which the protagonist is the bully who has a change of heart? This could have been done clumsily, but thankfully it wasn't. The change is gradual enough that it seems realistic and not idealized.
The bullies in this book remind me of my teen years. I was an uber-geek, plain and unpolished. I went everywhere with a book back then, because I didn't have all that many friends. What friends I did have were the loners and geeks from German Club. My father was a teacher and when kids had trouble in his classes, they came after me. I never told my dad how often they cornered me in the bathroom and beat me up. I kept the names they called me close and pushed the bullies away. Pretty soon I felt much like Penny did.
Luckily kids are resilient. They eventually learn to look up and notice the light. And they eventually find someone who cares about them. At least I did.
New girl Penelope doesn't have a chance. At first no one wants to be branded a dog lover. But one two many distancing strategies backfire for brilliant, hunky football-player Jake and his teachers force him to tutor the "dog." Instead of spending time with the hot Lexi, he's stuck with fat, ugly, dull Penelope. It's not until she sings that he stops choking on her awful exterior and finds the golden, funny, sweet survivor beneath. Through it all, Jake's teammates continue to make life incredibly wretched. Every tactic the teachers try seems to backfire in Jake's and Penny's faces. All the bullying finally forces Jake to take a hard look at what he has allowed himself to be, and become the hero he was meant to be.
I'm upset at first that teachers seem to be clueless. But that's reality. There's no really good way for teachers to fight student battles. Instead, the kids have to learn to rise above the petty garbage their bullies pull and BECOME something better.
Do yourself a big favor and pick up THE PENNY PROJECT this Christmas. And while you're at it, pass it on to the Jakes and Pennys and maybe even the Travises in your life.
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the story. So touching! Loved it! Have the tissues nearby.