In Penny Dreadful the magic is small, but the transformation is big. Penelope Grey is a lonely, wealthy child in a northern big city who, by a twist of fate, becomes Penny: a happy, poor child in the rural south. Rich with unusual and appealing characters, Penny Dreadful asks readers to think about who they really are and what they really want.
"Penny is a wonderful character, and the kids she meets in Thrush Junction make a perfect “our gang” to have just the sort of small-town adventures Snyder sets up for them (all illustrated in delightful pencil drawings that appear throughout). The tone harkens back a bit, but the fun is reminiscent of the very books Penny gives a shout-out to — Betsy-Tacy, Ballet Shoes, and The Penderwicks—and what could be nicer than that?" -- Ilene Cooper, Booklist