Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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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 her family have a beautiful home with plenty of space. Since Ivy June’s house is crowded, she lives with her grandparents. Her Pappaw works in the coal mines supporting four generations of kinfolk. Ivy June can’t wait until he leaves that mine forever and retires. As the girls get closer, they discover they’re more alike than different, especially when they face the terror of not knowing what’s happening to those they love most.

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About Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and the Alice series. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about what’s in store for Alice, visit
Published May 29, 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Children's Books, History, Romance.

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Ivy June worries that all Lexington girls are rich, arrogant snobs.

Jun 09 2009 | Read Full Review of Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

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To broaden their horizons, the two girls participate in a student exchange program through their middle schools to see how another girl their age lives.

Jun 15 2009 | Read Full Review of Faith, Hope, and Ivy June


As Catherine writes, “Sadness feels the same, whether it’s in Lexington or here in Thunder Creek.” By utilizing a variety of narrative perspectives (each girl keeps a diary during the exchange, and in the novel, their entries alternate with third-person narratives of their experiences), Naylor m...

Jun 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

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