Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

 
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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
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10+
Release Date
June 09, 2009
ISBN
0385736150
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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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A sweet (SWEET) read!
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In this small town in Kentucky, the folks have learned to despise the high class people a few towns over. They have new cars that run smoothly, constant job listings, and showers. When a new exchange program is introduced to the seventh grade classes of each town, only a few are willing to participate. The hardworking, good little Christian girl is chosen to visit a shy, perhaps spoiled, daughter of a rich newspaper editor and vise versa. Each of the girls make a new friend but how can they stay friends when their towns are unspoken enemies? Both are hesitant to learn about the other and Ivy June, the small town girl, may just have a reason for keeping quiet. While going through horrific events and keeping their accounts in journals, both girls are surprised about what they learn of faith, hope, and friendship.

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is hard to put a label on. Its not coming of age or first love or anything like that. Its new and the story is completely unique and heart-wrenching. Finishing the whole book in a few sit-downs may be the easiest thing Ive ever done because I was absorbed into these girls lives. I am a big fan of the narration and Ive never read a book quite like that. Author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written the next big thing in middle grade fiction! The settings were imaginable and the characters were not cheesy, as some may call it. By looking at the cover, it may resemble the feel of a Lifetime movie but after reading it, you will find out that it doesnt. (Take that as you will. ;) This book is not only about friendship, but about the strength a town can bring forth in a time of crisis.

*From what I can remember, this book contains nothing inappropriate.

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