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The Education of Ivy Blake


Series
Prairie Evers

by
Ellen Airgood

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Penguin
Imprint
Nancy Paulsen
ISBN
9780399162787
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse
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As Ivy worries that she is a burden on her beloved, unofficial adoptive family, her mother returns. Ivy goes to live with her, but finds her mother is just as unpredictable as ever.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Child Abuse

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

240

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

AR

4.8: points 7

Lexile

730L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

12

JLG Release

Sep 2015

Book Genres


Topics

Mothers and daughters. Dysfunctional families. Family life. Family problems. Neglect. Children of alcoholics. Friendship. Foster care. Drawing. Filmmaking. Self-reliance. New York State.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, The Horn Book Guide, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Eleven-year-old Ivy Blake has spent most of a wonderful year with the Evers family. She loves Mom, Dad, Grammy, and especially her best friend, Prairie, and she knows that they love her too, but she can’t quite feel like she belongs with them. When her mother asks Ivy to come back to live with her, the girl is conflicted but decides to go. Living with her mother again isn’t easy—it means a new school, conflicting loyalties, borderline neglect, and the constant strain of her mother’s negative outlook and dangerously uncertain temper. Ivy copes and creates through her sketchbook; drawing and writing about her days, the people she loves, and her dreams of making movies. Having dealt with a lot of tough situations in her short life, Ivy is mature and self-aware, but also realistically confused and emotionally awkward. As the title suggests, Ivy’s character development is the core of the story, and its strength is Ivy’s need to find her own identity and figure her problems out herself. Even the people who love her dearly and believe in her can’t give her the answers—she has to find out for herself who she is and who she wants to be. With the exception of Ivy’s mother, who is difficult but not a caricature, the people in Ivy’s world are almost impossibly warm, intuitive, creative, and kind. This leaves the ending more in the realm of wish fulfillment than harsh reality, but Ivy’s insistence on relying on herself ensures that readers will feel that she’s earned it. Like Anne of Green Gables and many other neglected creative girls before her, Ivy is irresistible, and readers will be rooting for her all the way. VERDICT A thoughtful and sweet story about finding the family you need in order to be your best self.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Eleven-year-old Ivy Blake has spent most of a wonderful year with the Evers family. She loves Mom, Dad, Grammy, and especially her best friend, Prairie, and she knows that they love her too, but she can’t quite feel like she belongs with them. When her mother asks Ivy to come back to live with her, the girl is conflicted but decides to go. Living with her mother again isn’t easy—it means a new school, conflicting loyalties, borderline neglect, and the constant strain of her mother’s negative outlook and dangerously uncertain temper. Ivy copes and creates through her sketchbook; drawing and writing about her days, the people she loves, and her dreams of making movies. Having dealt with a lot of tough situations in her short life, Ivy is mature and self-aware, but also realistically confused and emotionally awkward. As the title suggests, Ivy’s character development is the core of the story, and its strength is Ivy’s need to find her own identity and figure her problems out herself. Even the people who love her dearly and believe in her can’t give her the answers—she has to find out for herself who she is and who she wants to be. With the exception of Ivy’s mother, who is difficult but not a caricature, the people in Ivy’s world are almost impossibly warm, intuitive, creative, and kind. This leaves the ending more in the realm of wish fulfillment than harsh reality, but Ivy’s insistence on relying on herself ensures that readers will feel that she’s earned it. Like Anne of Green Gables and many other neglected creative girls before her, Ivy is irresistible, and readers will be rooting for her all the way. VERDICT A thoughtful and sweet story about finding the family you need in order to be your best self.—Katya Schapiro, Brooklyn Public Library

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