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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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Dec 14, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: 5012, children-fiction, compassion, friendship, school, rural, bluestem-2012
Read from December 13 to 14, 2010

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June is a heart-tugging, sentimental story of two unlikely friends, Catherine from Lexington, Kentucky and Ivy June a couple of hours away in Thunder Creek, Kentucky. The girls are the first participants in the student exchange program between their two schools...the purpose of which is to become a part of another's life, and decide how different or similar it is. Ivy June initially travels to Lexington and is not fully prepared for the big house, indoor bathrooms, computers in every room or the little luxuries in life. But, she sees the girls have a few things in common, too...like crushes on boys, love of family, and annoying little siblings.

When it is Catherine's turn to visit Thunder Creek, similarities and differences take on a whole new meaning...especially when tragedy strikes both families in different ways. But first, Catherine experiences what a rural community is really like with no phone, outhouses, and worrying about miners trying to make a living doing dangerous work. The girls become a life-line of sorts for each other and learn to support one another as only good friends can and do.

When the visit is over, a sense of familial camaraderie wraps around the girls and the reader knows that the girls share a bond that will not be broken soon. Empathy and compassion, along with wishes and a touch of envy envelope their friendship...one which last for years to come.

Used for Hiawatha Book Talk: January, 2011.
Used for Mother-Daughter Book Club at BPL-February,2011.

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