Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phillis Reynolds Naylor

urlIf you’ve read the Newbery Award-winning Shiloh or any of the 100+ books written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, you know what a great writer she is. Her latest book (love the cover!) is about two 7th grade girls who participate in an exchange program in the state of Kentucky. Ivy June lives in the mountains with her sprawling family, including a 100-year-old great grandmother. Catherine lives in a fancy house in the city and goes to a private school. How will Ivy June adjust to two weeks at Catherine’s when she doesn’t even have indoor plumbing at her house? Will Catherine be shocked when she comes to Ivy June’s house in the “holler”? I really liked the way the author conveys each girl’s emotions about the swap: their excitement, nervousness, and frustration. And the girls’ families are brought to life with vivid detail. Ivy June’s grandfather is a coal miner, and the author gives us a lot of details about the difficulties and dangers that these men and their families face. Read Faith, Hope and Ivy June if you are interested in stories about the importance of friendship and family.

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4 Comments on “Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phillis Reynolds Naylor”

  1. Natasha Says:

    That book sounds interesting,I’m going to go read it.

  2. aliah Says:

    i am going to try this book it sound good and fun …
    i hope i like it

  3. aliah Says:

    I just got the book and read a page I think i am going to love it.

  4. chaia Says:

    I read Shiloh in third grade. The author sure knows how to tell and describe a good story!


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