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Ivy by Julie Hearn
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Read from May 12 to 17, 2010 , read count: 1

Ivy grew up in England in the mid-1800s. Orphaned and left with selfish relatives, she is given the opportunity to attend school; after a negative run-in with a woman who tries to force her to eat meat, she runs away. Ivy is taken in by a street gang and begins a different sort of life on the streets...

Fast-forward a number of years. Ivy is living with her relatives once again, when an artist inquires about her becoming his model. Although she may be stunning on the outside, there are many things she conceals within - from her final experience with the street gang to an addiction she cannot tell anyone about...

Ivy follows the journey of a lower-class, illiterate teenager as she struggles to separate herself from relatives who seek to profit from her.

I read the sequel to this book, Hazel, prior to Ivy. It was interesting to read the account of Hazel's mother.
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