"Dialogue, small-school environment, and an imperfect dad are realistic, while the sensitive portrayal of a young girl's grief, her need for friends and the power of remembrance is touching and empathetic. (Fiction. 8-12)"
It's agonizing enough that Penelope has to start fifth grade without her best friend Tim, who died from cancer over the summer, but her dad is starting his new job as the school janitor.
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