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Good Luck, Ivy! (American Girl (Quality)) Paperback – September 1, 2007


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  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Series: American Girl (Quality)
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: American Girl (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593693567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593693565
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 5.5 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa's been a TV writer/producer, written labels for bean cans, and penned a speech for a president of the United States.

Her books include BOBBY VS. GIRLS (ACCIDENTALLY) and BOBBY THE BRAVE (SOMETIMES) and YA novel, ABSOLUTELY MAYBE. All are published by Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic.

Other novels include the MILLICENT MIN, GIRL GENIUS, SO TOTALLY EMILY EBERS and STANFORD WONG FLUNKS BIG-TIME. Plus the American Girl books, GOOD LUCK, IVY, ALOHA KANANI and GOOD JOB, KANANI.

WARP SPEED, the Stanford Wong spin-off about a Star Trek geek who gets beat up everyday, is her latest novel.

Lisa has been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Resident, USA TODAY Critics Pick, and more.

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Kept my daughter's interest and lots of good discussion points.
Kim and Antonia
Good Luck, Ivy is a spinoff of the American Girls books about Julie Albright, in which Ivy Ling is introduced as Julie's best friend.
Little Willow
This is the 'extra' book in the 'Julie' series from American Girl.
K. Kraus

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Little Willow on May 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Between regular grammar school Monday through Friday, Chinese school on Saturdays, homework, and gymnastics practice, Ivy's plenty busy. She's looking forward to an upcoming gymnastics meet, but she's worried about her routine on the balance beam, having fallen off of the apparatus in an earlier competition. When she learns a family reunion is scheduled for the same time as the meet, Ivy has to decide which event to attend . . . or figure out a way to go to both!

The book takes place in 1976, so Ivy references the 1972 Olympics and Olga Korbout's balance beam routine, which won her the gold medal. Even though the book takes place over twenty years ago, the theme of appreciating your family's culture is timeless. Readers will hopefully be moved to consider the struggles and traditions of their own families.

Good Luck, Ivy is a spinoff of the American Girls books about Julie Albright, in which Ivy Ling is introduced as Julie's best friend. Ivy is definitely a great American Girl who is trying to keep up her family's customs while making her own path. I wish there were more books in the Ivy series!

The vignettes at the end of the book, written by Nika Korniyenko and Susan McAliley, detail real-life events in the lives of Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans. This section also includes photographs of author Lisa Yee and her relatives. How cool is that?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Kraus VINE VOICE on November 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the 'extra' book in the 'Julie' series from American Girl. Julie is the newest American Girl character, and Ivy Ling is her best friend. I am an adult who works at AG, but that doesn't influence my opinions on the books. It just makes it easy for me to read them.
I really liked this book. Ivy was born in America, and so were her parents, but her grandparents are a big part of her life, too, and they were born in China. They own and operate a very popular Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. Ivy loves her family and she feels badly when she blurts out that she's sick of Chinese food. She's afraid she hurt their feelings. Ivy feels totally American and wonders why they can't just eat American food, like cheeseburgers.
Ivy's parents send her and her brother Andrew to Chinese school every Saturday to learn to read and write Chinese. Ivy would much rather spend her Saturdays practicing gymnastics. Ever since seeing Olga Korbut during the Olympics, Ivy dreams of being a gymnast. She competes on a team, but a mishap on the balance beam at a previous meet has shaken her confidence. Ivy is excited about her upcoming city meet, but when she learns it's the same day as her family's big reunion, she has a tough decision to make.
At the end of each American Girl character book there is an educational section telling about real events. This one has nice information about the restrictions that were placed on Asians that came to America in the early 1900's and contributions Asians have made in America, like helping to build the transcontinental railroad.
This is a great book for children 7 and up. I also recommend the 'Julie' series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Vitek on February 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is surely one of the "winners". History, a great story and not only that, but really gets inside a Asian family's life in San Fran in the 1970sCannot be beat!
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This book is a very nice read for children and adults. the story teaches good values and the quality if very nice. We have bought a number of American Girl books and all have been great. Kept my daughter's interest and lots of good discussion points.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kripton's Class on May 24, 2011
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This is such a funny book! There are so many good parts! I re-read the book so many times! -M.M.
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