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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

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When push comes to shove, two Kentucky girls find strength in each other.

Ivy June Mosely and Catherine Combs, two girls from different parts of Kentucky, are participating in the first seventh-grade student exchange program between their schools. The girls will stay at each other’s homes, attend school together, and record their experience in their journals. Catherine and
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 9th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published 2009)
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Eva Mitnick
Mar 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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This tale of two 7th-grade Kentucky girls is a bit like the city mouse and the country mouse. The country mouse, Ivy June, comes from one of the poorest parts of Kentucky, mountainous Thunder Creek. The city mouse, Catherine, lives in a big home in Lexington. In an exchange program, Ivy June stays for two weeks at Catherine’s house and then Catherine stays with Ivy June for two weeks.

The idea is not just to see how the other half lives but to puncture stereotypes (on both sides) and to gain new
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love this author, I have read the entire Alice Mckinley series, and some of her boys vs girls series, though that came out when I was in my 20s so I did not follow it. She often writes about things that have happened to her or her family members in her stories. This is a nice story about how people can be friends no matter how much money they have or where they come from.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a children's and Teens' Librarian, I'm often asked for "clean" teen books. It's usually by parents (funny that!) of 12-14 year old girls, whose parents don't think they are ready emotionally for some of the content of teenage books. I'm not in total agreement with their values, but I do try and read books that will fit into this category, as good customer service :)

And I would be happy to recommend this, not just because there's no sex or swearing, but because it's a good read. It's insightfu
Sandra Stiles
Nov 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Well, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has done it again. She writes stories that pull you right in and make you feel as if you are one of the characters. One of the first things I liked about this book was the teacher. She had the students brainstorming ideas about the unknown. This is the story of two girls from two totally different backgrounds. They will each spend two weeks in each other’s home. Ivy June comes from the poor, coal mining section of Kentucky while Catherine comes from a wealthier area ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at the Scholastic book warehouse as payment for volunteering. It is always nice going into a book with no expectations. No hype, no rave reviews, no battles, just me sitting and reading a book. Ahhhhh

I really enjoyed this sweet little story. Ivy June Mosley lives in Thunder Creek, KY. A very small mining town that hasn't quite caught up to modern day luxuries. Mostly because the people living there can't afford them. Catherine Combs lives in Lexington, KY and enjoys a norma
Living outside Lexington, but having not had much encounter with the Appalachian mountain area of my state, I was fascinated in this contrast and comparison of Ivy June and Catherine. I thought the voices of both characters were realistic for that age girl, and loved the honest journal aspect of the text. I love the theme of understanding, acceptance, and that we are all more similar than we are different. Would that there be many ambassador programs like this among people living in different ge ...more
Mrs. Tongate
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sweet, sweet, sweet middle school read about two twelve year old girls who participate in a student exchange program in Kentucky. Catherine lives in Lexington and Ivy June lives in the mountains with her coal mining grandfather. Family, stereotypes, love, friendship, and just sweet!
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up last year at the Scholastic Warehouse Book Sale for $1.00 and wasn't expecting much since it was so cheap. Note to self: Just because a book has a low price doesn't mean it can't be a wonderful story. I really loved this one. There was just so much sweetness and goodness in it, and some lessons we can all take away from it, especially in these troubling times with the political climate that we currently have in this country.

Just because you and another person grew up diffe
Stephanie A.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book made me smile from the very first page, and I never stopped wanting to hug it tight. Everything in this book is so lovely and descriptive, from the way Catherine's typical (upper?) middle class home is seen but not vilified through Ivy June's eyes to the way the author describes a below-the-poverty-line way of rural life it's hard to imagine still exists, I felt like I was right there with everything. The emphasis on family and community bonds was by far the most touching part of the l ...more
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 3/20/13:

I love novels that have a southern setting, but I harbor a soft spot for those set in the Appalachian region. I was perusing the audiobook shelves at the library looking for a new one to take home when I stumbled upon this one. I had never heard of the novel or the author, but I decided to take a chance when I realized it was set in Kentucky. Furthermore, I was intrigued by the synopsis. The story focuses on two 7th g
Maine Student Book Award Nominee, 2010-2011. Initially I wasn't very interested in the premise of this book: two girls who live in Kentucky, one from a very poor coal-mining town and the other from a prosperous city family, embark on an exchange program. But Naylor "nails" these two girls -- poor Ivy June and city girl Catherine -- and the stereotypes and prejudices that exist between the classes. First Ivy June visits Lexington and experiences a life so different from her own -- indoor plumbing ...more
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was hesitant to read this book based only on the description. The book is about two girls representing their schools in an exchange program, where each girl visits the other girls house for two weeks. Ivy June lived in the mountains with her large family in small homes with few amenities for instance having no plumbing and no central air. Ivy June must goes to public school and spends much of her day being the messenger between households and doing chores. Whereas, Katherine lives in a city in ...more
Mar 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Thanks to a two week exchange program between a private girls' school in Lexington and a public school in rural KY, two seventh grade girls get to see what life is like for others. The girls keep journals, become friends and help each other when disasters occur. The story is moving and the characters interesting.
Linda Bogaard
Nov 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Good for upper elem. especially in the mood our country seems to be in right now where differences are being emphasized and the cause of bullying - probably mostly girls would like it. I agree with another reviewer that it's sort of the "City mouse/country mouse" story.
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was amazing! It shows how you can be friends with someone even if they are WAY different than you. It also taught me more about being grateful for everything you have around you, no matter where you live. Thanks for reccomending this book to me Katie! :)
Caylen Mayer
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faith. Hope, and Ivy June is one of my absolute favorite books.
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
isnb: 9780545385350, Scholastic paperback
Nichole Forest
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
1. Category/Genre: Juvenile Fiction
2. Copyright Date: 2009 - Delacorte Press/Random House
3. Age Level of Interest - Grades 3-6
4. Reading Level: 5.8
5. Brief Description: Two Kentucky middle school girls, Catherine and Ivy June, participate in an exchange program through their school. They are in wonder about each others' lives, and learn many things about themselves during the exchange.
6. Two Characteristics:
1. Point of view is often used to indicate the author's choice of narrators and the way
Kelly 💜☕️
This middle grade book was mediocre. Maybe I didn't get into the audio because the narrator was just okay? The basic premise is that 2 girls in Kentucky participate in an exchange. Ivy June lives in a rural small town and Catherine is a city girl going to a private school. They spend 2 weeks at one place and two weeks at the other. I think it was supposed to be present day, since Catherine had a cell phone. It's just hard to imagine rural people using outhouses because they don't have indoor plu ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
I think if I were still in the intended target audience, I would have loved this. As it is, I enjoyed it, but I found myself wishing for more of Catherine's perspective. We get plenty of Ivy June, and I like her quite a bit. But we don't really get to see inside Cat's head beyond a few journal entries.
Leslie Hayden
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-challenge
I don't give very many five star reviews but this one deserves it. my emotions were all over throughout this book, from awkwardness to plan out sorrow. it was such a wonderful read. be aware that while reading this book you should have an ample supply of tissue. marvelous book.
Sharon Buxton
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A. fiction, middle grades, Kentucky, exchange program, Lexington, coal mining, friendship
Bailey Van Dyke-Payne
This book was ok. I wouldn't recommend it or read it again. But I do like the author.
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a fascinating read. In our tech dependent society, there are still pockets of homes with no phones or indoor plumbing. Loved the juxtaposition of the lifestyles of the main characters.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting and "clean" read for middle school that looks into socioeconomic status and the idea the money doesn't always buy happiness.
Toria Abbott
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was a good story. When reading a story I lobe when the book makes me feel something. While reading this book I laughed I was brought close to tears I enjoyed it.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book that shows rich kids and poor kids really aren't that different.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
YA lit at its finest.
Jan 21, 2014 rated it liked it
This book is about two girls who live in two different towns. Catherine and Ivy June are two different girls living two different lifestyles. Catherine is a city girl with a life of leisure, and Ivy June lives in a poor, countryside town without cellphone reception. They both take part in a transfer program where each girl leaves home for two weeks to live and attend classes with the other. In addition, they have to keep journals of their thoughts, feelings, and experiences during this.

Faith, Hope and Ivy June is a pleasant addition to Lovelace nominees. It is the story of Ivy June Mosley and Catherine Combs, two 7th Grade girls in Kentucky from very different socio-economic backgrounds who visit the other in her home for two weeks each as part of a school student exchange program.

The book stays true to this nice, but predictable, theme and formula.

Ivy June lives in Thunder Creek with her grandparents (her own house became to crowded with the addition of a fifth child) where h
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Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

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