Ivy in the Shadows

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Ivy in the Shadows

By Chris Woodworth

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374335663, 198pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2013


After Ivy's stepfather disappears, Ivy's mama begins waitressing at Dining Divinely to make ends meet. She also takes in a boarder twelve-year-old Caleb, who's the same age as Ivy and is the weirdest guy she's ever met. With Mama working full-time, Ivy has to babysit her little brother, JJ. She also has to fend off the nosy Pastor Harold; stop Caleb from filling JJ's head with lies; and keep her best friend, Ellen, from knowing anything about her embarrassing situation at home.

Ivy has always found out all she needs to know by lurking in the shadows (some might call it "eavesdropping"). But as things at home become more complicated, she learns to step into the light and not only listen but speak up.

About the Author
Chris Woodworth is the author of Double-Click for Trouble, Georgie's Moon, and When Ratboy Lived Next Door. Georgie's Moon has received both the award and honor for the Best Book of Indiana for Children's Literature. Her other books have also been chosen for several state reading lists. She has lived in Indiana for most of her life, and now resides in Mooresville, North Carolina with her husband and children. Like Ivy, Chris learned at an early age not to repeat anything she wasn't supposed to hear.

Praise For Ivy in the Shadows

"Refreshing and realistic." -- BCCB

 Praise for Georgie's Moon: A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the YearGeorgia Children’s Book Award Master List (University of GA)
"A touching exploration of an aspect of the Vietnam War not often seen in books for children." --Kirkus Reviews "Readers will appreciate the feistiness of Georgie's character as well as her struggle to make friends and come to peace with the various adults in her life.  Recommended for middle school readers."  --VOYA "Woodworth's poignant novel will bring real tears to readers' eyes."  --Booklist "A heartfelt novel."  --School Library Journal "Fast moving."  --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Woodworth . . . engages the reader with her lucid writing style."  --Signal  "A memorable cast." -- School Library Journal