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Ivy in the Shadows Hardcover – February 5, 2013

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Gr 5-7-A character-driven novel situated in a small Indiana town. After her stepfather leaves, 12-year-old Ivy feels like she's bickering all the time with her Mama, who is trying to keep the family afloat. First her mother makes them join a church to ask for help, and then she lets weird kid Caleb board with them when his guardians move to a town three hours away. Meanwhile, Ivy can't fathom her best friend's sudden desperation to befriend a popular girl and wear new clothes and makeup. Ivy comes across as a strong but genuine seventh grader voicing her legitimate worries without devolving into angst. The characters feel true and the story line never lags. Woodworth anchors the mystery surrounding Caleb's obsession with telling stories about missionaries in Haiti between the adults' ongoing drama and Ivy's friendship ups-and-downs so that questions about the strange boy's background persist, nagging Ivy (and readers) until the conclusion. This is a book with a memorable cast that can be recommended to readers who don't mind adults holding prominent roles in their fiction, e.g., fans of Hilary McKay or Wendy Mass.-Rhona Campbell, Georgetown Day School, Washington, DCα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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After her stepfather leaves the family and her mother goes to work, seventh-grader Ivy copes with many household changes, including more babysitting for her younger brother and worrying when her mother gets home late. Meanwhile, her longtime best friend is changing in ways that leave Ivy feeling further alienated, and her mother has agreed to take in Caleb, a geeky seventh-grade classmate. Ivy struggles to fit herself into changing social dynamics among her peers, and she’s jealous of Caleb’s ability to get her little brother to cooperate. Although the point of view remains Ivy’s, the story expands to take on some adult realities, too, as Ivy’s mother is courted by the church pastor and Ivy’s aunt grows impatient with her own husband. Observant and sensitive readers will appreciate finding bright, witty, and genuinely good-hearted Ivy a credible character who is brave enough to admit when she’s been wrong. Grades 4-6. --Francisca Goldsmith

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Lexile Measure: 640L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374335664
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374335663
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Chels on February 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I almost always have trouble connecting with characters in books meant for younger audiences. Twelve year-old Ivy was an exception to this rule. Smart, serious, and relatable, Ivy drove the story forward with her efforts to protect her family during a difficult time. I admired Ivy and admonished her as I read when I suspected her ideas would end badly.
Ivy’s mother recently divorced Ivy’s stepfather. Rather than paying child support to aid in the upkeep of Ivy’s younger, half-brother JJ, Ivy’s stepfather leaves town. Now, Ivy’s mother and best friend Maureen spend hours thinking of ideas to earn money. One of these ideas result in the taking in a border Ivy’s age named Caleb. With a seemingly never-ending supply of stories, Caleb is slowly taking over Ivy’s role as caretaker of her younger brother. Another idea of Maureen and Ivy’s mother leads to Ivy’s mother working long hours at a restaurant, leaving Ivy to run the house. Ivy’s life is in a state of change through the course of the book.
Kids between the ages of nine and twelve could relate to Ivy and enjoy reading about her life. Ivy in the Shadows was a fun and easy read. I give Chris Woodworth’s efforts four out of five stars.

*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
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By Murray on September 13, 2013
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A well written story with interesting characters that keep the story flowing. The story revolves around Ivy; a smart yet nosey young girl who is coming of age while facing an ever changing family situation. A great story that everyone can relate. Even parents can enjoy this book.
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