Three Pennies (Paperback)

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Three Pennies is a heartwarming book about a young girl named Marin. Marin has been in the foster system since she was 4 years old and wishes more than anything to be reunited with her mother. The story is told from her perspective as well as her social worker, foster mother and an injured owl. Their stories are intertwined to show how broken hearts, broken wings and broken rules all have their place in building a new life.

— Andrea, Tattered Cover customer


A girl in foster care tries to find her birth mother before she loses her forever in this "tender tale" (School Library Journal, starred review) about last chances and new opportunities.

For a kid bouncing from foster home to foster home, The Book of Changes is the perfect companion. That's why Marin carries three pennies and a pocket-sized I Ching with her everywhere she goes. Yet when everything in her life suddenly starts changing--like landing in a foster home that feels like somewhere she could stay, maybe forever--the pennies don't have any answers for her.

Marin is positive that all the wrongs in her life will be made right if only she can find her birth mother and convince her that they belong together. Marin is close, oh so close--until she gets some unwelcome news and her resolve, like the uneasy earth far beneath the city of San Francisco, is shaken.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781481471886
ISBN-10: 1481471880
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 208
Language: English