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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

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When push comes to shove, two Kentucky girls find strength in each other.

Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls will stay at each other’s homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their journals. Catherine and...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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As a children's and Teens' Librarian, I'm often asked for "clean" teen books. It's usually by parents (funny that!) of 12-14 year old girls, whose parents don't think they are ready emotionally for some of the content of teenage books. I'm not in total agreement with their values, but I do try and read books that will fit into this category, as good customer service :)

And I would be happy to recommend this, not just because there's no sex or swearing, but because it's a good read. It's insightfu...more
Maine Student Book Award Nominee, 2010-2011. Initially I wasn't very interested in the premise of this book: two girls who live in Kentucky, one from a very poor coal-mining town and the other from a prosperous city family, embark on an exchange program. But Naylor "nails" these two girls -- poor Ivy June and city girl Catherine -- and the stereotypes and prejudices that exist between the classes. First Ivy June visits Lexington and experiences a life so different from her own -- indoor plumbing...more
This book is an absolute jewel. I truly wasn't expecting to like this book at all. I judged the book by its cover (I know, a heresy in the land of bookworms) and it totally humbled me. I will never, EVER, make the same mistake again.

To say this book made me cry and laugh and everything in between would be the understatement of century. I didn't even know I was capable of releasing that much emotion before I read this. I wish the characters existed and we were related and just lived wonderful liv...more
Eva Mitnick

This tale of two 7th-grade Kentucky girls is a bit like the city mouse and the country mouse. The country mouse, Ivy June, comes from one of the poorest parts of Kentucky, mountainous Thunder Creek. The city mouse, Catherine, lives in a big home in Lexington. In an exchange program, Ivy June stays for two weeks at Catherine’s house and then Catherine stays with Ivy June for two weeks.

The idea is not just to see how the other half lives but to puncture stereotypes (on both sides) and to gain new...more
This book is about two girls who live in two different towns. Catherine and Ivy June are two different girls living two different lifestyles. Catherine is a city girl with a life of leisure, and Ivy June lives in a poor, countryside town without cellphone reception. They both take part in a transfer program where each girl leaves home for two weeks to live and attend classes with the other. In addition, they have to keep journals of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences during this.

Mar 04, 2009 Karlan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
Thanks to a two week exchange program between a private girls' school in Lexington and a public school in rural KY, two seventh grade girls get to see what life is like for others. The girls keep journals, become friends and help each other when disasters occur. The story is moving and the characters interesting.
Mrs. Tongate
Sweet, sweet, sweet middle school read about two twelve year old girls who participate in a student exchange program in Kentucky. Catherine lives in Lexington and Ivy June lives in the mountains with her coal mining grandfather. Family, stereotypes, love, friendship, and just sweet!
I thought this book was amazing! It shows how you can be friends with someone even if they are WAY different than you. It also taught me more about being grateful for everything you have around you, no matter where you live. Thanks for reccomending this book to me Katie! :)
Addison Children
Ivy June, from deep in the Appalachians, and Catherine, from upper middle class Lexington, are chosen to be exchange students, each living with the other for 2 weeks. We meet Ivy June first and I truly thought this was historical fiction ? no phone, no indoor plumbing, limited access to refrigeration and electricity. However when we get to Catherine?s house we have cell phones and Internet access so this is a present day story. The girls have their ups and downs as friends and trying to fit into...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Ivy lives in the mountains in a tiny house with her Grandparents in Thunder Creek, Kentucky. She takes a long bus ride to school everyday. Her house doesn’t have an indoor bathroom.

Catherine lives in a large house in Lexington, Kentucky. Catherine’s mom drives her to school everyday. Her house has four bathrooms.

It’s hard to imagine that these girls are alive at the same time, since their way of life seems so different. Ivy seems like a girl from the past, but she isn’t. Their different ways of...more
Both engrossing & thought-provoking, as well as a loving portrait of a beautiful & fascinating place. Twelve-year-old Ivy June Mosley is chosen to participate in her school's first-ever exchange program. She will be spending two weeks with fellow seventh-grader Catherine Combs & her family, at their home in Lexington, where she will attend school & be taken on various field trips to experience what the city has to offer. Later, Catherine will join Ivy June in the house she shares...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/20/13:

I love novels that have a southern setting, but I harbor a soft spot for those set in the Appalachian region. I was perusing the audiobook shelves at the library looking for a new one to take home when I stumbled upon this one. I had never heard of the novel or the author, but I decided to take a chance when I realized it was set in Kentucky. Furthermore, I was intrigued by the synopsis. The story focuses on two 7th g...more
Linnea Hendrickson
Maybe more like 3.5. Interesting story of two girls in an exchange program between wealthy private school in Lexington, KY and poor mountain community. Excellent depiction of characters, although the characters from the mountains were more alive and interesting than those in the city. I surprised myself by weeping all through the ending chapters. I love Pawpaw's lesson that every time you learn to do something new you increase your confidence. Here it is, p. 82 in Ivy June Mosley's own words: "W...more
In this small town in Kentucky, the folks have learned to despise the high class people a few towns over. They have new cars that run smoothly, constant job listings, and showers. When a new exchange program is introduced to the seventh grade classes of each town, only a few are willing to participate. The hardworking, good little Christian girl is chosen to visit a shy, perhaps spoiled, daughter of a rich newspaper editor and vise versa. Each of the girls make a new friend but how can they stay...more
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is the story of two girls from very different backgrounds who participate in a home exchange program. Ivy June is from the Appalachian mountains in Thunder Creek, Kenucky. The area is rural and fairly poor. Many of the residents work in the coal mine or the local factory. Money is tight. She does not have a phone in her house, nor an indoor bathroom. She went to live with her grandparents when her parents' house no longer had enough room for everyone to fit comfortably....more
I picked this book up at the Scholastic book warehouse as payment for volunteering. It is always nice going into a book with no expectations. No hype, no rave reviews, no battles, just me sitting and reading a book. Ahhhhh

I really enjoyed this sweet little story. Ivy June Mosley lives in Thunder Creek, KY. A very small mining town that hasn't quite caught up to modern day luxuries. Mostly because the people living there can't afford them. Catherine Combs lives in Lexington, KY and enjoys a norma...more
Sep 23, 2013 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mg
Two seventh-grade girls, Catherine and Ivy June are picked to be exchange students in their state for two weeks. One from a well-to-do private school and one from the poorest county in Kentucky. The assignment is to journal and see past the stereotypes and then share what they feel comfortable sharing. When Ivy June's class is asked for volunteers the fear of facing a city and what the 'haves' have is so great that only six girls even volunteer. No one wants all that city 'shine' brought to whe...more
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This is a great book about young girls born to different locations who are trying to not be biased. They have been given the assignment to write in their journals about what happens, what they feel and think. They will have to share with their class after the exchange is over. **stop here for spoilers*** Ivy June is a coal miner's granddaughter. She lives with her grandfather and mother because there isn't enough room at her own home. She feels guilty about this and also happy. She loves living...more
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is a great book filled with action, adventure, romance, fiction, realistic fiction, and a touch of sadness twisted all into one relaxed, simple and emotional book. This book is about two girls that are chosen for an exchange program, where they live at each others homes, go to school together, and write down their experiences in their journals. But both girls must face the mystery and terror about what might happen to their loved ones.
During the part when Ivy June finds...more
Sandra Stiles
Well, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has done it again. She writes stories that pull you right in and make you feel as if you are one of the characters. One of the first things I liked about this book was the teacher. She had the students brainstorming ideas about the unknown. This is the story of two girls from two totally different backgrounds. They will each spend two weeks in each other’s home. Ivy June comes from the poor, coal mining section of Kentucky while Catherine comes from a wealthier area...more
Feb 16, 2011 Andy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: 1-star
Although Naylor creates a strong voice and vivid portrait of life in a remote Kentucky mining town, this book felt contrived. Two seventh grade girls participate in an exchange program. Ivy June is an outspoken girl from a remote mountain holler with no telephones or plumbing. Since her parent’s house is overcrowded with siblings, she lives “up the way” with her grandparents. Catherine, on the other hand, lives an upper middle class life in the city of Lexington and attends an all girl private s...more
2012 Bluestem nominee (Illinois state reading list for grades 3-5). Ivy June Moseley lives in a "holler" in the Kentucky mountains; Catherine Combs lives in a big house in Lexington. Ivy June is in the 6th grade at the local elementary school; Catherine is in 6th grade at a private girls' school in Lexington. Ivy June and Catherine are chosen for a cultural exchange program their schools are sponsoring--each will live at the other's house and go to the other's school for 2 weeks. Each worries ab...more
Julie Cotton
This is a sweet little story. It did get long though (even though it is not a long story), and I wish the voice had been a little bit stronger. Lots of details about uninteresting things like riding the bus, then going to classes, then eating lunch, then going to more classes. At times, however, it provided good insight about poverty-stricken life in the hills of Kentucky. It's amazing how few "things" some people really need in order to be happy.
Good Lines:
~For a moment she considered walking a...more
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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June
By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
280 Pages

A girl named Ivy June is selected in a program to go to another girls house and experience what they do every day and write down what she did throughout the stay. She encounters secrets and seeks adventure throughout the weeks. Ivy June is a creative and on-going girl who is always polite in her own way. On the other hand a girl named Catherine observes Ivy June and writes down what her thoughts and feelings are about Ivy June. Catheri...more
Faith, Hope and Ivy June is a pleasant addition to Lovelace nominees. It is the story of Ivy June Mosley and Catherine Combs, two 7th Grade girls in Kentucky from very different socio-economic backgrounds who visit the other in her home for two weeks each as part of a school student exchange program.

The book stays true to this nice, but predictable, theme and formula.

Ivy June lives in Thunder Creek with her grandparents (her own house became to crowded with the addition of a fifth child) where h...more
Kim Patton
I loved this book! Naylor really develops the characters so you feel like you are a part of their lives. The premise of the book is that the two girls, Ivy June & Catherine, have won the opportunity through their schools to participate in an exchange program. Ivy June, who lives in rural Kentucky, will travel to stay with Catherine and attend school at her private academy for a couple of weeks, then Catherine will travel to stay with Ivy June. The differences in their lives are compared thro...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

FAITH, HOPE, AND IVY JUNE is about two girls from totally different places and backgrounds who participate in a student exchange program. Although both girls are from Kentucky, one is from the bustling city of Lexington and the other is from the mountains.

Ivy June is excited about her upcoming trip to spend two weeks with Catherine in Lexington, Kentucky. The exchange program was organized by their schools, and Ivy June was encourag...more
Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is one of those books that you have to wait until more than half-way through to get good. (At least for me it was.) That bothered me and I almost stopped reading it, except for the fact that I can't stop reading a book when I'm half-way through it. Otherwise, this book is very good. The story is about two girls - Ivy June Mosley and Catherine Combs. They both live in the state of Kentucky. (But Catherine lives in Lexington while Ivy June lives in Thunder Creek.) Accord...more
I just finished listening to this audiobook. Ivy June and Catherine live in Kentucky and are participating in the first student exchange program between their schools and they come from two different worlds. Ivy June goes to Lexington first. She experiences indoor plumbing, wearing uniforms to school and cell phones. After she's home for a week, Catherine comes to visit her in Thunder Creek (near the mountains) and experiences no phones and the inconvenience of not being able to wash her hair ev...more
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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good boo...more
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