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Public Garden Penny by [Kelley, Daniel]
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Length: 31 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 10 - 12 Grade Level: 4 - 7

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Product Details

  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 31 pages
  • Publication Date: October 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009R7MRY4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,439 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Jodi on October 17, 2013
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I enjoyed this book. It is written through the eyes of a ten year old boy. There is some humor, some sad parts and it is well written. However, I didn't love it. There is a couple of swear words, one I happen to hate. This is intended for middle grade and up and I just don't think swearing is necessary in a young person's book. I have to take away one star due to this, of course if this type of thing doesn't bother you then disregard the loss of one star. I give Public Garden Penny 3 stars.
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This book is a good book. It describes what happens when a boy finds a penny that grants wishes. Not all of those wishes turn out to be what he expected.

I am an adult reader, but still found the book to be charming. I laughed at the misadventures of having a wish granted. All in all, it was a good book.
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This story was immediately engaging, vivid in description, and utterly charming and believable from a young boy's perspective. It's so easy to feel "shorted" by short stories, but this one was absolutely fulfilling and fun.
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The authors description of Boston really is wonderful. I have never been there, but I want to go see this park. I loved this story and loved the meaning of the story. It really teaches you a lesson and I will definitely be reading this to my granddaughter. You must read this one for yourself!
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This was a short story, which was one of the reasons that I downloaded the book. It didn't disappoint me. What would you wish for if you found that your wishes came true? Definitely the Rainbow Sprinkle Double Delite for me, too!!! I liked that Wilson realized that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Thanks for a good story.
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Public Garden Penny is a short story by Daniel Kelley.

First Paragraph:

"Wilson Fenniwig was running as fast as he could. Over pavement, over path, over cobblestone, over grass. He clambered atop wooden benches only to roar off toward a stray mallard or goose; he hurled himself at lopsided trashcans merely to zag at the last second toward a tree or a statue or a dangerously nonchalant bird. His legs pumped, his arms were a blur of balancing motion, his eyes roamed constantly in search of yet another squat Please Stay Off The Grass! triangle that he could defy."

PLOT

Wilson is a ten-year-old boy, enjoying his days of youth. He spends most of his time playing with his best-friend Davey, whose family lives in the same apartment complex. The two are practically inseparable, and one of their favourite haunts is the Public Garden in Boston.

One day, Wilson finds a shiny penny on the gravelled ground of the Garden paths. A boy who makes finding old coins a hobby, he immediately checks the date. He is amazed to see the coin is nearly a century old. Especially since it's in mint condition.

But this shiny penny is even more special and magical than he knows. It can grant wishes. With a metallic genie in his pocket, the world is now his oyster, the penny his enabler. As the enormity of his discovery dawns, Wilson struggles to comprehend his new power.

Meanwhile, his home life is anything but special. Spending most of his free time with Davey and his warm family just intensifies his lack of one. His mother is constantly plagued with migraines and lives out her days in a darkened room alone, while his father drinks himself to an early grave. He wishes it was different, and now his has something that can make it happen.
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I had so much fun reading this story! Although it seemed to be aimed towards a younger audience, I enjoyed this tale immensely! I think it's a fun concept (a penny that grants wishes) but also one that deals with some very real issues that kids might suffer through on an everyday basis (sibling rivalry, wishing you had different parents, and, of course, wanting ice cream when you don't have the money, which I deal with on an hourly basis actually, but I digress...).

A fun, vivid, and intelligent read, recommended for all ages!
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This story is a very amusing tale of a boy who learns about that old adage to be careful what you wish for, because it might come true! Or - the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence! Fortunately, Wilson was able to undo what he had wished for. While I kept hoping that he would wish for his mother's headaches to go away or for his father to stop drinking, at least he was able to get himself back to status quo. He learned a good lesson - as would anyone who reads this entertaining and well-written story. This would be a wonderful story for teachers to use for a class assignment - the kids would love reading it, and there is plenty of thought-provoking material in it for discussion later. This story would be a great read for any age!
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