Our next featured gift idea is PENNY DREADFUL , by one of our favorite new voices in children's lit, Laurel Snyder. What better book for the season of spending than one about how money isn't everything? When bored, lonely, Penelope Grey makes a wish that "something interesting would happen, just like in a book," her dad suddenly quits his job in The City and the family fortune melts away, leaving the Greys floundering. So Penelope's next wish is simply that something would happen to make things better. But that only lands them all in a ramshackle house in rural Tennessee, surrounded by a cast of oddball characters. This is a warm and whimsical treat for book lovers aged 8-12.