Growing Up Ivy

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Dundurn, Jul 12, 2010 - Young Adult Fiction - 256 pages
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Commended for the 2011 Best Books for Kids and Teens

Living in grim Depression-era Toronto with her actress mother, Frannie, Ivy Chalmers has never met her father. In 1931, Frannie sends twelve-year-old Ivy to stay with her paternal grandmother in Larkin, Ontario, while she seeks stardom in New York City. When Ivy’s father, Alva, arrives unexpectedly in Larkin, he turns out not to be the Prince Charming she imagined, but an illiterate peddler. Rescuing Ivy from her uncompromising grandmother, Alva takes her with him for the summer, wandering the countryside by horse-drawn caravan, selling shoes.

Back in Larkin at summer’s end, Ivy meets teenager Charlie Bayliss, orphaned as an infant and raised by his aunt on a farm outside town. Ivy has a flair for writing and boundless imagination, while Charlie loves baseball and loathes farming. Unknown to both of them, though, is a secret connection they share. When the final pieces of the puzzle of their lives fall into place, nothing will ever be the same.

 

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Set during the Great depression in 1931 Ontario, this is the story of Ivy, a twelve year old girl. Ivy had grown up in Toronto with her single mother, moving frequently. Frannie, Ivy's mother has ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
9
Section 3
13
Section 4
18
Section 5
28
Section 6
36
Section 7
41
Section 8
48
Section 17
125
Section 18
137
Section 19
145
Section 20
153
Section 21
160
Section 22
171
Section 23
183
Section 24
194

Section 9
59
Section 10
67
Section 11
82
Section 12
87
Section 13
96
Section 14
103
Section 15
109
Section 16
116
Section 25
200
Section 26
209
Section 27
220
Section 28
232
Section 29
247
Section 30
249
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About the author (2010)

Peggy Dymond Leavey's previous books include Sky Lake Summer, The Deep End Gang, and The Path Through the Trees, all of which were nominated for the Silver Birch Award. Recently, she published Growing Up Ivy and Mary Pickford. Peggy lives in Trenton, Ontario.

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