Backwater

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Penguin Group USA, 2005 - Juvenile Fiction - 185 pages
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Ivy doesn't want to be a lawyer. Who cares?-well, her father, for starters, who expects his daughter to take up the Breedlove family profession with dedication and enthusiasm. What Ivy wants to be is a historian, a vocation that's getting quite a workout as she prepares a family history in honor of her beloved great-aunt Tib's eightieth birthday. As in Bauer's Rules of the Road, the central story is of a journey: Ivy hikes into the wilds of the Adirondacks to find her reclusive aunt Jo-and to find her own destiny as well. Persistent, mouthy, and good, Ivy is an admirable heroine who will be familiar to Bauer fans; older female friends (including Tib, Aunt Jo, and wilderness expert Mountain Mama) are equally attractive if given to message-laden dialogue. In fact, the book could have used less preaching and more story overall, but Ivy is such a darned fine gal that readers will be glad to make her acquaintance.

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User Review  - Kiirsi Hellewell - Goodreads

I love Joan's books, and I was doubly attracted to reading this one because of the adorable chickadee on the cover. Interesting plot, but I felt it was a bit odd and sparse at times. Still, it was an enjoyable story. Read full review

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User Review  - Bella Noelle - Goodreads

This book. READ IT. NO MATTER what age you are. It's sweet and heartwarming and I remember being so happy while reading this book. It's a beautiful title for a beautiful book with beautiful dialogue. It will always be one of my favorite books I have ever read. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2005)

Joan Bauer is the criticallyacclaimed author of numerous young adult novels, including "Best Foot Forward," "Rules of the Road" (recipient of the "Los Angeles Times" Book Prize) and Newbery Honor-winner Hope Was Here. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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