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Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
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Jul 29, 2012

really liked it

Nice. Thats how Bernice Blue’s mother described Ivy, the new girl across the street. But Bernice, “Bean” for short, knew better when her mother told her “you should be friends with the nice girl next door”. Nice, is just another word for boring. Bean could tell just by looking at Ivy with her perfect slicked hair and her perfect headband, that Ivy was the just the type of friend she did NOT need. Besides, Bean had plenty of friends. Plus her hands were full with her bossy older sister, Nancy. Nancy just turned 11 and according to her mother, was going through a “phase”. A phase to make Bean’s life miserable! Nancy only cares about shopping and money and its Bean’s job to teach her a lesson. Bean even plans a trick that will make Nancy not be such a “tightwad”! However, when Bean’s plan goes horribly wrong she needs to make a run for it before Nancy tells on her and she’s sent to her room for life! While frantically trying to find a place to hide, Bean finds an unexpected ally in Ivy, the nice girl next door. Ivy, playing across the street, sees the commotion and comes to Bean’s rescue. Together, with the help of some face paint, glitter and a bucket of worms, Ivy and Bean find out they are a pretty good team. Bean starts to realize she may have underestimated Ivy and this could be the start of a very “not nice” friendship.

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