World War II is coming in Europe. At least that's what Frankie Baum heard on the radio. But from her small town in Maryland, in the wilting summer heat of 1939, the war is a world away. Besides, there are too many other things to think about: first that Frankie's father up and bought a restaurant without telling anyone, and now she has to help in the kitchen, peeling potatoes and washing dishes, when she'd rather be racing to Wexler's Five and Dime on her skates. Plus her favorite sister, Joanie Baloney, is away for the summer and hasn't been answering any of Frankie's letters.
Patsy Cline is becoming best friends with another girl! It looks like Penelope is going to lose Patsy to Vera Bogg...forever. So Penelope starts a secret museum full of things that remind her of the people she loves, in case she loses them, too. Lizzie Maple, who loves adventures, is on board to help.But other people seem to think 'taking their things for a museum' is the same as 'stealing'... and Penelope is suddenly in a whole lot of trouble!
Some interesting facts about Penelope Crumb... She has: A brother so awful he must be an alien. A mum who draws body parts (ewww!). Her grandpa's nose...but no grandpa.
Her family haven't seen him since her dad died. So Penelope and her friend Lizzie Maple set off across town to find Grandpa Felix, skipping school, taking trains and calling every F. Crumb in the phone book. But what if Grandpa Felix doesn't want to be found? One last fact about Penelope: She doesn't take no for an answer.