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A thoughtful middle-grade novel about caring for others and for yourself––and what it truly means to be kind and vulnerable

Thirteen-year-old Ivy Campbell has always been a good kid: She supports her soccer-star brother, bakes with her nana, and puts her friends’ needs before her own. So of course, Ivy is 100 percent supportive when her mom decides to be a gestational surr
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: May 18th 2021 by Amulet Books (first published 2021)
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Chelsey
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This review is based on an E-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher.

Everybody's got their thing, and Ivy's thing is being kind. That's what Ivy thinks, anyway. She goes out of her way to be a listening ear to her friends, to bake surprises for her neighbors, and to be sure she doesn't say anything that might upset someone else, even when her own feelings are hurt. But when her year starts to overflow with stress - her mom has volunteered to be a gestational surrogate, her best friend is sta
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Wendi Lee
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very sweet middle grade novel.

Ivy just wants to be nice to everyone!! There has been a lot of upheaval in her life, with her parents' divorce and her mother deciding to be a surrogate for a friend's baby. She's determined to be cheerful and pleasant to everyone, going out of her way to help others who are struggling. But her new nickname, "Saint Ivy," isn't always a positive. Ivy's friends feel like they can't really talk to her anymore, Ivy is receiving anonymous emails from someone
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Danielle
Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I never read a middle grade book before with a girl coping with her mom acting as a surrogate. I like how this book explores how this affected her daughter and the implications it had on her life. I think it’s good for kids to be exposed to different families. I do wish Ivy’s mom involved her more in this huge decision beforehand and considered her own kids before agreeing to help her friend. There were several instances where it was clear that Ivy was too nice for her own good, helping people t ...more
Katlyn
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Saint Ivy reminded me of myself as a middle schooler. Ivy, like so many eighth grade girls, is looking for her place in the world. The many layers of this book, family, friends, school, will all be relatable for middle school students. I love the way Laurie Morrison writes for middle school students and includes older teens in the story to satisfy that middle school curiosity about what is to come. Additionally, I have never read a book in which a parent is a surrogate! The information about Ivy ...more
Emmaj
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Great book. Although the mom being a surrogate was a little extraneous.
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Laurie Morrison taught middle school English for ten years and now writes middle grade novels. She is the co-author of Every Shiny Thing and the author of Saint Ivy (May 18, 2021) and Up for Air, which earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly and was a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Publishers Weekly Best Summer Read, and an Amazon Prime Book Box pick. She holds a BA in English ...more

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