Ivy in the Shadows

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Feb 5, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 208 pages
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After Ivy's stepfather disappears, Ivy's mama begins waitressing at Dining Divinely to make ends meet. She also takes in a boardertwelve-year-old Caleb, who's the same age as Ivy and is the weirdest guy she's ever met. With Mama working full-time, Ivy has to babysit her little brother, JJ. She also has to fend off the nosy Pastor Harold; stop Caleb from filling JJ's head with lies; and keep her best friend, Ellen, from knowing anything about her embarrassing situation at home.

Ivy has always found out all she needs to know by lurking in the shadows (some might call it "eavesdropping"). But as things at home become more complicated, she learns to step into the light and not only listen but speak up, in Ivy in the Shadows by Chris Woodworth.


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When Ivy's newly divorced mother takes in a young boarder, the 12-year-old strongly disapproves.Ivy's mom joins a local church and then takes in Caleb, also 12 and the son of missionaries. Likable ... Read full review

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Chris Woodworth is the author of Double-Click for Trouble, Georgie's Moon, and When Ratboy Lived Next Door. Georgie's Moon has received both the award and honor for the Best Book of Indiana for Children's Literature. Her other books have also been chosen for several state reading lists. She has lived in Indiana for most of her life, and now resides in Mooresville, North Carolina with her husband and children. Like Ivy, Chris learned at an early age not to repeat anything she wasn't supposed to hear.

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