Penelope Crumb Never Forgets – Shawn. K. Stout

Penelope CrumbFormat: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus Kids
Published: 26th September 2013
Pages: 192 Pages

The Blurb
Penelope Crumb’s best friend Patsy Cline Roberta Watson is becoming best friends with another girl in class, so Penelope decides she needs to win her back.  Compliments and presents fail—and Penelope is afraid she’ll lose Patsy Cline forever, so she decides to swipe Patsy’s necklace and start a secret museum to remember all the people she cares about, in case they leave her too.  But stealing turns out not to be the best plan, when Grandpa Felix calls the police about his missing camera, forcing Penelope to confess. Now she’s lost both Patsy Cline AND her museum.  But in the end she makes a huge personal sacrifice to repair her friendship with Patsy and finds out that drawing pictures—what she likes to do best!—is a way to make a personal museum that doesn’t involve any sort of stealing.

Rating: 4/5

The Review

Today’s review is brought to you by my friend Carys.  Carys is a Primary School Teacher and was keen to read some children’s books for research (she did enjoy reading the books, too!)

Thank you to Lauren from Quercus for sending me a selection of Penelope Crumb books to read and review.

It’s a nice story about a girl (called Penelope) who is struggling with dealing with big changes in her life. It highlights a host of difficulties that young adults go through whilst growing up and I hope I’m not insensitive like Penelope’s teacher because she was horrible.

It would have been nice to find out more about what happened with her friend Patsy Cline at the end as I felt this was left hanging a bit. It is however a very enjoyable read and I’m keen to start reading the others in the series.

You can purchase Penelope Crumb Never Forgets in Paperback.

Find out more about Shawn at her website at and on Twitter @ShawnKStout.

Published by Clare

Book lover, tea drinker and sushi fiend!

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