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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 ou...more
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Published July 12th 2010 by Dundurn
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Ivy is barely twelve years old when her mother abandons her to seek her fortune on the stage in New York City. Not that Ivy believes she is abandoned. She is sure her mother will come back for her very soon. Meanwhile, she must stay with her paternal grandmother who takes her in somewhat reluctantly. Ivy is used to living on the edge, as her mother was constantly scrambling to keep a job and a roof over her head, but living with her grandmother is completely outside of her realm of experience an...more
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Peggy was the second of five children in a family where the favourite gift at Christmas and birthdays was always a book. Born in Toronto, Peggy spent her growing up years moving from place to place, due to her father’s frequent RCAF postings.
After winning an essay competition in Grade 4, Peggy discovered a love of writing. She wrote stories to entertain her younger siblings and little plays for h...more
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