Eleven-year-old Copper Daniels is homeless and alone. She spends her nights sleeping beneath the cemetery’s Warrior Angel statue for protection, and her days battling the mean streets of Remington, Texas, hell-bent on discovering what happened the night her Mama disappeared. While Copper and her rag-tag group of friends find danger at every corner, two horrors are certain: her Mama’s really missing and someone’s after Copper, too.
In the tradition of The Lovely Bones and Room, Pennies from Burger Heaven tells a dark story through the eyes of a child. With wit and wisdom, Copper Daniels will steal your heart, then break it in two.
Published December 28th 2015
I loved the point of view of this story, which alone made this such a refreshing, intriguing read. This was a fast read for me due to how much I was drawn into the mystery and grew to empathize with the characters. I could not go to sleep until Copper’s mother was found and figured out the numerous obstacles being thrown at her. I could relate with how easily Copper went back and forth about hating her mother one hour and loving her the next, as she struggled to decide how she felt about what her mother did to her...
I loved the street education from a child’s eyes; it was raw and real but wasn’t introduced as vulgarly as it would have been described from an adult’s perspective. Copper knew she had to hide under the bed when appointments came to the hotel room, she sometimes got hit with the bouncing bed and it reeked as her mom gave away her “monkey pie” for money to buy her Bologna.
The story held my attention constantly and was built up all the way until the explosion at the end. It was beautiful written and constructed and held my suspense throughout as well as my thoughts since finishing it. I would give Pennies from Burger Heaven five out of five stars. Thank you for the opportunity to read this book.
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