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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June [Kindle Edition]

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When push comes to shove, two Kentucky girls find strength in each other.

Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls will stay at each other’s homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their journals. Catherine and her family have a beautiful home with plenty of space. Since Ivy June’s house is crowded, she lives with her grandparents. Her Pappaw works in the coal mines supporting four generations of kinfolk. Ivy June can’t wait until he leaves that mine forever and retires. As the girls get closer, they discover they’re more alike than different, especially when they face the terror of not knowing what’s happening to those they love most.

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Grade 5–8—Naylor takes up the issues of crossing class lines with a solid portrayal of Ivy June from rural coal country in Kentucky staying with an upper-middle-class family for two weeks over spring break and the return visit of the daughter of that household, Catherine. The living situations of the seventh graders are at two extremes and yet both girls have the humanity and distinctness that allow them to escape the confines of representing their classes. Make no mistake, this is Ivy June's story, and her hardships and family challenges are front and center in a way that Catherine's own family woes are not. The exchange program set up by the schools is a perfect showcase for looking at the role of wealth and poverty in our assumptions about one another. Ivy June's discomfort at having the wrong shoes is comparable to Catherine's squirming at being unable to wash her hair daily. Neither manages to overcome her own class assumptions. Despite the challenges, this is a warm and tender story of learning to care about the needs of the "other" while gaining appreciation for your own values and strengths.—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO END


Starred Review, Publishers Weekly, June 15, 2009:
“Naylor's deft storytelling effortlessly transports readers to her Kentucky settings—and into two unexpectedly similar lives.”

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 29, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002BH5HU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Not enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Truly Matters ... February 2, 2011
By M. Lee
As a mother who screens everything her 11-year-old daughter reads, I was really moved by the tale told in "Faith, Hope and Ivy June" by Phillis Reynolds Naylor. We had been following the various news stories about trapped coal miners in various countries, and it had been a challenge for me to communicate the very hard lives they live. Most difficult for me to explain was why anyone would want to risk their lives mining coal, for not very much money at all. This book starts to answer that very complicated question. It's an important book much like "Toby Alone" is important, but in a different way: this book is down-to-earth, as is appropriate for the setting, and makes you think without making you nervous. It would be an excellent addition to any classroom. In the words of said daughter:

"The book, 'Faith, Hope and Ivy June' by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a fantastic book.

"When Ivy June Mosley's name gets pulled out of a coffee can, she is not sure whether to scream from excitement or groan with terror at the fact that a snobby girl from Lexington, Kentucky is coming to Thunder Creek for two weeks after she goes to stay in Lexington for two weeks at *her* house. When Catherine Comb's essay gets picked out of thousands at her school, she just hopes and prays she doesn't seem snobby to Ivy's family when she visits. The exchange program is put to the test when Catherine's mom gets sick and Ivy June's grandpa gets stuck in a mine, and they cling to each other as friends in need.

"My favorite character was really Ivy June because she was more down to earth while Catherine was a little snobby, though I'm sure she tried not to be. I think that this book deserves five stars: one for the characters. one for the realistic setting, one for the plot, one for the humor and one for way the author wrote it like a diary in some parts and third person in others. I would recommend this book to any girl really. It is totally moving regardless of age."
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Middle Grade Book July 18, 2009
FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a marvelous book for middle-graders. I had high expectations for this book because Ms. Naylor has written so many fantastic books for young people including the Newberry Award winning novel SHILOH; and I am so happy to say that I wasn't disappointed. FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE is just one of those books that will stay with you for a long time after you've finished reading it. The story, the characters, and the lessons in this story are all extremely memorable.

FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE is already receiving awards -- it is the winner of the Kid's Indie Next List "Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers." As far as I'm concerned, there should be many more awards coming in the next few months. This book not only told a very good story, but it also had terrific characters who learned so many important life lessons.

I think one of the reasons that I enjoyed this story so much was because I could somewhat relate to it. As a child, I never participated in an exchange program, but I did attend a lot of new schools because my family moved so often. I could understand both of the girls' fears and insecurities about entering new and very different environments. Another way that I could relate to this book was because it pertained to coal mines. My family comes from a line of coal miners who live in Western Pennsylvania. I enjoyed reading about life in the coal mines and how incredibly risky and difficult a coal miner's job is.

If I put on my "mother" hat (instead of just my "reader" hat), I have to say that the lessons in this book were wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too October 2, 2009
FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE is about two girls from totally different places and backgrounds who participate in a student exchange program. Although both girls are from Kentucky, one is from the bustling city of Lexington and the other is from the mountains.

Ivy June is excited about her upcoming trip to spend two weeks with Catherine in Lexington, Kentucky. The exchange program was organized by their schools, and Ivy June was encouraged to apply by her family, especially her grandparents. Her name was chosen from among six names thrown into a coffee can.

Although she is excited about the adventure, she worries about fitting in in the big city. She knows Catherine will no doubt live in a fancy house with indoor plumbing which will be a welcome change, but Ivy June doesn't want to end up coming back home wishing for a different life. She has been living with her grandparents for some time now. It was just getting too crowded over at her old house. She's just a short walk from her ma and pa, but being the only child living with her grandparents and her 100-year-old great-grandmother has given her more of a sense of belonging and love then she ever had at home.

The idea of the exchange program is for Ivy June to stay with Catherine for two weeks. She is to attend Catherine's private school for one week, and then enjoy a week of sight-seeing during Catherine's spring break. After a week back in the mountains, Catherine is scheduled to visit Ivy June for two weeks.

Both girls might be in seventh grade, but that's about where the similarities in lifestyle end. How will they get along?
Can they each adjust to the vastly different economic conditions and completely different family structures they will encounter?
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4.0 out of 5 stars the book was good...
The book was ok but was definitely not my favorite. It good of been more descriptive in areas but kept me wanting to read more
Published 6 months ago by jekreviewing
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Published 9 months ago by Leslie K Barefoot
5.0 out of 5 stars love this story
Outstanding story about family, friendship, community and prejudices. A great read for jr high girls. I loved the contrast of 2 completely different cultures within one state.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon User
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
Message is pretty strong, but story line predictable. Characters could be developed a little more, but overall, a cute and feel-good story.
Published 10 months ago by Niki
4.0 out of 5 stars They see how the other half lives in Kentucky
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's children's novel is about two seventh grade female students in Kentucky. Catherine Combs studies at a private school in Lexington, Kentucky while Ivy June... Read more
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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is the type of book I enjoy reading. I work in a school system. I thought the whole idea of an exchange program was great and educational -- myself... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This book was AWESOME! Chapter #39 was one of the nearest, but longest I've ever read. Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is an awesome fifth through sixth grade book!
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I purchased these for a teacher in my school district as requested. She has been very happy with them so far.
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More About the Author

I guess I've been writing for about as long as I can remember. Telling stories, anyway, if not writing them down. I had my first short story published when I was sixteen, and wrote stories to help put myself through college, planning to become a clinical psychologist. By the time I graduated with a BA degree, however, I decided that writing was really my first love, so I gave up plans for graduate school and began writing full time.

I'm not happy unless I spend some time writing every day. It's as though pressure builds up inside me, and writing even a little helps to release it. On a hard-writing day, I write about six hours. Tending to other writing business, answering mail, and just thinking about a book takes another four hours. I spend from three months to a year on a children's book, depending on how well I know the characters before I begin and how much research I need to do. A novel for adults, because it's longer, takes a year or more. When my work is going well, I wake early in the mornings, hoping it's time to get up. When the writing is hard and the words are flat, I'm not very pleasant to be around.

Getting an idea for a book is the easy part. Keeping other ideas away while I'm working on one story is what's difficult. My books are based on things that have happened to me, things I have heard or read about, all mixed up with imaginings. The best part about writing is the moment a character comes alive on paper, or when a place that existed only in my head becomes real. There are no bands playing at this moment, no audience applauding--a very solitary time, actually--but it's what I like most. I've now had more than 120 books published, and about 2000 short stories, articles and poems.

I live in Bethesda, Maryland, with my husband, Rex, a speech pathologist, who's the first person to read my manuscripts when they're finished. Our sons, Jeff and Michael, are grown now, but along with their wives and children, we often enjoy vacations together in the mountains or at the ocean. When I'm not writing, I like to hike, swim, play the piano and attend the theater.

I'm lucky to have my family, because they have contributed a great deal to my books. But I'm also lucky to have the troop of noisy, chattering characters who travel with me inside my head. As long as they are poking, prodding, demanding a place in a book, I have things to do and stories to tell.

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