Ivy in the Shadows by Chris Woodworth

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After Ivy's stepfather disappears, Ivy's mama begins waitressing at Dining Divinely to make ends meet. She also takes in a boardertwelve-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, in Ivy in the Shadows by Chris Woodworth.

About Chris Woodworth

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Chris Woodworth is the author of Double-Click for Trouble, Georgie’s Moon, When Ratboy Lived Next Door, and Ivy in the Shadows. Georgie’s Moon has received the award 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. Visit her at chriswoodworth.com
Published February 5, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Ivy’s eavesdropping on her mother’s conversations provides a needed humorous counterpoint to the real issue she’s encountering: the need to take on too much adult responsibility at a time when she’s not quite mature enough to handle it.

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When 12-year-old Ivy’s stepfather abandons the family, leaving them with no source of income, her mother is forced to take in a boarder, Caleb, a boy in Ivy’s grade she doesn’t know very well.

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By taking Aunt Maureen's advice to go to church and publicly ask for assistance, Ivy's Mom takes in a boarder, Caleb, the same age as Ivy.

Feb 14 2013 | Read Full Review of Ivy in the Shadows

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