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Growing Up Ivy [PDF] ❤ Growing Up Ivy Author Peggy Dymond Leavey – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Commended for the 2011 Best Books for Kids and Teens Living in grim Depression era Toronto with her actress mother Frannie Ivy Chalmers has never met her father In 1931 Frannie sends twelve year old I Commended for the Best books for Kids and Teens Living in grim Depression Growing Up eBook ì era Toronto with her actress mother Frannie Ivy Chalmers has never met her father In Frannie sends twelve year old Ivy to stay with her paternal grandmother in Larkin Ontario while she seeks stardom in New York City When Ivy's father Alva arrives unexpectedly in Larkin he turns out not to be the Prince Charming she imagined but an illiterate peddler Rescuing Ivy from her uncompromising grandmother Alva takes her with him for the summer wandering the countryside by horse drawn caravan selling shoesBack in Larkin at summer's end Ivy meets teenager Charlie Bayliss orphaned as an infant and raised by his aunt on a farm outside town Ivy has a flair for writing and boundless imagination while Charlie loves baseball and loathes farming Unknown to both of them though is a secret connection they share When the final pieces of the puzzle of their lives fall into place nothing will ever be the same.


2 thoughts on “Growing Up Ivy

  1. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    Using a delightfully engaging as well as realistically educational read historically accurate combination of both showing and telling and a wonderful sense of time and place in Growing Up Ivy author Peggy Dymond Leavey describes with the often minute but also never dragging or tediously presented historical and cultural details of Depression era Toronto Ontario how main protagonist Ivy Chalmer's mother Frances Frannie acts and reacts to life and its challenges but also and importantly how she considers herself first and foremost an actress and that everything else including her daughter Ivy and her welfare are sadly pretty obviously secondary to Frannie's career to her finding employment and lasting joy as an actress and at the beginning of Growing Up Ivy that annoyingly means simply Frances Chalmers abandoning her daughter to run off and try to find fame in New York City But interestingly enough while throughout Growing Up Ivy and yes indeed right from the beginning of the plot when Frannie simply takes off to New York City and tells her daughter in a letter that Ivy is supposed to go and find her paternal grandmother and live with her we as readers are always given than enough textual information by the author to know and realise without a doubt that Frances Chalmers has truly cast away her daughter Ivy once and for all in order to become an actress for Ivy herself it actually does take almost the entire novel for her to finally and totally accept her mother for what she is and that her acting career will obviously always be important to her than her daughter than Ivy's life welfare her desires accomplishments etc and yes indeed while reading Growing Up Ivy I did very often want to majorly shake some common sense into Ivy and to force her to listen to Grandmother Chalmers' than reasonable and realistic claims that her mother had abandoned her and was not coming back not to mention that I also have found how Frannie's best and oldest friend Gloria Klein kept stringing Ivy along and saying that her mother just needed time frustratingly angering and basically just keeping Ivy's vain hopes alive that her mother would come back for her even though she obviously never had any intention of doing so But even with the negativity of Ivy being abandoned by her mother for an acting career and how long it does seem to take Ivy to accept and realise this I have for the most part found Growing Up Ivy a delightful engaging and enlightening reading experience with my favourite parts of the novel probably being the months that Ivy spends on the road with her peddler father and how her grandmother keeps encouraging Ivy's writing and her wish to become a writer by keeping her supplied with both pencils and paper And the only reason that I am not uite ready to consider four stars for Growing Up Ivy is that while most of the novel flows naturally and is interconnected in a reasonable fashion from chapter to chapter the sections concerning Charlie Bayliss and especially the backstory of him being Ivy's father's stepson do feel a trifle tacked on and appearing boom out of nowhere For indeed and perosnally I would rather be seeing Charlie Bayliss as a character in Growing Up Ivy simply present himself as a potential friend and later love interest for Ivy Chalmers than to have him tied to her family and her life through her father and his first marriage as yes this certainly does feel a bit personally distracting and jolting and kind of even tends to sporadically take me out of Peggy Dymond Leavey's otherwise so wonderful and engaging narrative and it certainly has rather lessened some of my reading pleasure with regard to Growing Up Ivy


  2. Laurie Cameron Laurie Cameron says:

    Ivy is barely twelve years old when her mother abandons her to seek her fortune on the stage in New York City Not that Ivy believes she is abandoned She is sure her mother will come back for her very soon Meanwhile she must stay with her paternal grandmother who takes her in somewhat reluctantly Ivy is used to living on the edge as her mother was constantly scrambling to keep a job and a roof over her head but living with her grandmother is completely outside of her realm of experience and she must learn to adjust As flighty as her mother is her grandmother is staidThen one day her father shows up and discovers her existence It is a moment she has waited for ever since she can remember Never mind that she expected him to come rescue her and her mother like a knight in shining armor on a fine white charger Instead he came in a traveler’s caravan with an older but very affectionate nag When she learns his plan to travel across country selling shoes for the summer she insists on going with him Taking place in Canada during the great depression Ivy is shown to be resilient in the face of life’s many challenges as are the many people she encounters It is told in several parts living with her grandmother traveling for the summer with her father growing into a young lady All the while Ivy waits for her mother Will she ever return to take her home? It is a great story that I recommend it to all middle grade readers


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