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Holm, Jennifer.  
New York : Random House, 2006
IL 3-6, RL 4.0
ISBN 0375936874
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"Uncle Dominic says the thing about a slider is that you never see it coming. It's the one pitch that can fool even the best batter." It's 1953, and the summer Penny turns 12 is turning out to have unpleasant surprises. She dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming and baseball. Her mother won't let her go swimming because of the polio scare and she misses her father terribly. The two sides of her family aren't speaking and her mother is dating a man she doesn't like. Penny learns that even the darkest clouds may contain pennies from heaven.  (Penny Dawson,, librarian)
SUBJECTS:     Family life -- Fiction.
                        Italian Americans -- Fiction.
                        Secrets -- Fiction.
                        New Jersey -- History -- Fiction.

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