Penny's Worth of Character

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A lesson in honesty that the reader, young or old, will not easily forget. This delightful story is full of details from the author's native eastern Kentucky.

Shan Shelton is going to the store for his mother. If he had a dime, he could buy his favorite treat, a chocolate bar and a lemon soda pop.
Shan knows that Mr. Conley, the storekeeper, pays a penny each for good used paper sacks returned to the store. ...
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A lesson in honesty that the reader, young or old, will not easily forget. This delightful story is full of details from the author's native eastern Kentucky.

Shan Shelton is going to the store for his mother. If he had a dime, he could buy his favorite treat, a chocolate bar and a lemon soda pop.
Shan knows that Mr. Conley, the storekeeper, pays a penny each for good used paper sacks returned to the store. There are ten sacks at home, but Shan's mother tells him to take only nine to Mr. Conley, because the tenth sack has a hole in it. Shan wants a chocolate bar and a lemon soda pop so much, he disobeys his mother and takes the tenth sack. He carries the sack with the hole in it concealed among the nine good sacks, hoping Mr. Conley won't notice it.

Mr. Conley overlooks it, but Shan, eating his chocolate bar and drinking his lemon soda pop, discovers something is wrong inside him and all around him.

Shan is dishonest with the storekeeper in his rural Kentucky community, but he feels better about himself after his mother forces him to put things right.

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Kenneth Rose
I love this book!!!! My second grade teacher read this book to my class and I remembered it after all these years so I bought it for my 11 year old daughter. She loved it too!!
Nathan Thomas
I remember reading, and rereading, this book as a child. Growing up in Kentucky, I can relate to the rural aspects of the book. The story is timeless and timely in the world today. Jesse Stuart will remain forever in my heart and the hearts of grown children everywhere who read his works an example of what goodness can come from writing for children.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070623019
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1964
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Age range: 8 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Jesse Hilton Stuart (August 8, 1907 - February 17, 1984) was an American writer who is known for writing short stories, poetry, and novels about Southern Appalachia. Born and raised in Greenup County, Kentucky, Stuart relied heavily on the rural locale of Northeastern Kentucky for his writings. Stuart was named the Poet Laureate of Kentucky in 1954.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    The Best Book I've Read All Year

    A Penny's Worth of Character is a great book. I liked it because it teaches kids a lesson you'll never forget. The lesson of the book is to alaways do what your mom says and because you do what your told you'll probably get something from it and reward I'll alway's admire Jesse Stuart books because he takes things out of everyday life and puts them in his books. Thats why I like his books so much. He is one of my favorite authors in the world and i'd say he has plenty more fans.

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