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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World
Contributor(s): Blake, Ashley Herring
ISBN: 0316515469     ISBN-13: 9780316515467
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
    OUR PRICE: $15.30  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: March 2018
Annotation: "Twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed in a tornado, and in the aftermath of the storm, she begins to develop feelings for another girl at school"--
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Family life; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Artists; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Family | Siblings
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Self-esteem & Self-reliance
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2017019242
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.75" (0.85 lbs) 310 pages
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q72798
Reading Level: 4.5   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 15.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2018 #3)
When twelve-year-old Ivy's rural Georgia home is destroyed in a tornado, her distress over the upheaval experienced by her large, now hotel-dwelling family is compounded by the loss of her notebook full of drawings of herself holding hands with another girl. Someone has begun returning the drawings to her locker with notes: "You can have your notebook back when you talk to someone about it." Ivy's world does include a few queer role models, but an overheard conversation makes her wary of coming out to those closest to her. Blake believably melds this internal conflict and the story of Ivy's first crush (on awkward, excitable newcomer June, who has secrets of her own) with other concerns. The major crisis in her family's life, made even more difficult when one of her twin baby brothers falls seriously ill, intertwines with Ivy's worries about where she fits in as a middle child—especially after her parents ask her to stay temporarily at a friend's house to, as Ivy sees it, get her out of the way. A few credulity stretching, too-articulate moments notwithstanding, Blake creates a sensitive portrayal of a preteen who's begun to figure herself out but isn't sure how she meshes with others, and of the bumbling and overstressed, but well-meaning, friends and family around her. shoshana flax Copyright 2018 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 January #1)

After 12-year-old Ivy's rural Georgia home is obliterated by a tornado, she heads to a shelter for the night with her parents, older sister, and twin baby brothers. There, Ivy ends up hanging out with her classmate June, a budding poet who admires Ivy's drawing talent. The same night, Ivy's treasured notebook goes missing—a book where she brought all her secrets to life, including the fact that Ivy thinks she likes girls. Worse, the person who has her notebook starts leaving notes in her locker, telling Ivy she should share her secret with someone she trusts. Black (Suffer Love) gives Ivy the deep-thinking soul of an artist, gently examining the trauma of losing her home, Ivy's excitement about her crush on June, and her fears that people will judge her if they discover her secret. Blake dots Ivy's world with sensitive and knowing conversation partners, young and old, with whom Ivy shares her questions and worries. This is an emotionally sensitive and elegantly written novel about loss and the first stirrings of love. Ages 8–12. Agent: Rebecca Podos, Rees Literary. (Mar.)

Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2018 January)

Gr 4–6—A sweet story of a first crush and being stuck in the middle. In the aftermath of a tornado, Ivy and her family find themselves without a home and dependent upon the kindness of others. Already often overlooked as the middle child, Ivy feels even more invisible now that her family of six shares a small hotel room. What's worse, Ivy is developing feelings for another girl at school; but after hearing the way her older sister reacted when her best friend came out, Ivy doesn't know who to talk to. Filling a much-needed gap in middle grade literature, this story addresses not just the topic of a first crush, but also the invisibility frequently felt by middle children. The protagonist struggles with the disappearance of a beloved journal after a tornado and a lack of privacy while sharing one room with her entire family. She is too young to help care for her twin brothers but old enough that she is often forgotten about. Ivy doesn't feel comfortable discussing her blossoming romantic feelings with her family but is able to find a trusted adult in whom to confide. Young readers will find Ivy's challenges very real and will sympathize with her choices, both good and bad. Give to fans of Tim Federle's Better Nate than Ever or Barbara Dee's Star-Crossed. VERDICT Relatable and engaging. A first purchase for public and school libraries.—Jenni Frencham, Columbus Public Library, WI

Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.