Pennies From Burger Heaven by Marcy McKay

Pennies From Burger HeavenSometimes a book comes along and takes you by storm, refusing to let you go. This is the case with Pennies From Burger Heaven by Marcy McKay. This story really gripped me and even though I finished it over a month ago, the little girl in this story is still buried very deep in my heart.

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. 

You’ll never look at the homeless quite the same way again. Adults make choices but children never have any say in what happens. I know there are thousands of homeless children here in the U.S. who are lost and alone, living with the same trials Copper Daniels did in this book.

Click HERE for the Amazon link both the print and e-book versions.

Here’s what some have said:

“Against the gritty backdrop of an inner-city ghetto rises the unforgettable voice of eleven-year-old Copper ‘Penny’ Daniels, offering poignant and heartbreaking insights into the horrors and trials of homeless life on the streets, finding heaven where you least expect it, and help in those you never thought to ask.” 
                        – A.G. Howard, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Splintered Series 


“At once disturbing and exhilarating, heartbreaking and heartwarming, Pennies is the story of an undying love between a mother and daughter. It grabs you by the heartstrings from the start and won’t let you go, even after you’ve read the last word.” 
                                   – Ken Oder, author of The Closing and Old Wounds to the Heart 

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Marcy McKayAbout the author:


Marcy McKay knew she wanted to write stories the moment she read about Oompa Loompas in the fourth grade. She’s an award-winning short-story author and copywriter, as well as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Digest, Accent West, Roots & Wings, The Write Practice, Write to Done, and Positive Writer and Jane Marcy lives in Texas with her husband and two teens, who all still like her…most of the time.  She will soon release book 2 in this series. 


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I’m giving away a Kindle copy of this book to someone who comments.


Pennies From Burger Heaven by Marcy McKay — 12 Comments

  1. Linda – I sent a review to Goodreads into Amazon and to several of my friends. Here’s my review!

    Marcy McKay’s debut novel “Pennies From Burger Heaven” is the most gripping and extraordinary book I have ever read.
    Copper Daniels life and story grabbed hold of my heart in a way I’ve never experienced before.
    What a roller coaster ride this phenomenal book will take you on. Being homeless isn’t always a choice one makes, but a reality in which one is placed. To overcome all the trials and tribulations that come along in the world of the homeless, that becomes the necessity to stay alive.
    As Copper says. “I may have grown up out here with the dead, but life is for living.”
    This book has touched me in the most profound way. I believe that Copper Daniels will live with me forever and I will never look at the homeless without thinking of Copper and her story. We are all God’s children and the greatest gift he gave us was Love.

    • Tonya, I’m so glad you’re sharing your thoughts also. And glad I could introduce you to such an amazing book. Often we feel satisfied when we finish a book and then quickly move on to another. This one changes you in ways you can’t imagine.

    • I’m glad you’ve heard about my book from others. Time is everyone’s most precious commodity. I’m grateful you’re considering reading Pennies. Thanks!

    • Hi Elisabeth…….I’m so glad you could stop by. I know how busy you are. Girl, you’re slinging those books out right and left! So proud of you. I’m not surprised you already know about this book. The word is getting around. I hope you’ll try it. If you do, you’ll become a fan. I can’t say enough about Marcy and this book.


    • Hi Marcy…….I’m really glad I could do this for you. I don’t exaggerate when I say that this book changes you. By the end, you’re not the same person you were at the beginning. My heart goes out to all the homeless children who have no say in what happens to them. It’s just so very sad. Most of them have no chance at a life and it breaks my heart.Thank you for writing such a great story.

      I can’t wait to have lunch with you next week!

    • Hi BN………Thank you for coming over. I hope you give this book a try. Good luck in the drawing!

  2. Oh Linda I would love to read this book, sound really good. You are so right about us having a lot of homeless and the children really don’t have a choice. Have you ever read Finding Emma by Steena Holmes? Its a really good book also but I will warn you it will bring you to tears.

    • Hi Quilt Lady……YAY! I’m so happy to see you. Thanks for coming. I’m happy I could introduce you to this wonderful story. Marcy McKay is such a good author. No, I’ve never read Finding Emma but it sounds like I need to read this. I’ll definitely look for it. I don’t shy away from good books because they might make me cry. I love books that make me laugh and cry. I want to feel something, be moved.

      Good luck in the drawing, dear friend.