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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

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Friendship is a strong word. Trust even stronger, especially when you are trusting someone you have only known for a month. In the fiction book Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor two girls spend a month together in a student exchange program. They allow each other to spend two weeks at each others houses and go with them to school. Ivy June Mosley, a girl from the country, spends a month with Catherine combs, a high class city girl. They go through many exciting, horrific, and heart stopping events.
In the beginning of the program Ivy June is welcomed into Catherines mansion like home out in the valley. Catherines house in Lexington is enormous compared to what Ivy is used to. This marks the date when Ivy begins her two week adventure with Catherine's loving family. Catherine gets plenty of enjoyment out of doing Ivy June’s hair and making her like a true valley girl. Each day catherine’s friends adore Ivy, and treat her like she is from a different planet. Ivy is astonished how Communities can be so different. She never knew anyone lived so elegantly. Ivy June was under the impression that Everyone lived like her. Each day that went by Ivy and Catherine learned that as much as they were different they had some traits to make them alike. After an amazing week in Lexington The landscape quickly changes when the girls are sent to Ivy's house in the rural appalachia. Catherine is at a loss for words when she sees how Ivy June lives. Ivy June’s family is just barely making it money wise. After a few days of living with Ivy’s poor family Catherine receives a terrible phone call. She demands to go home, but her father refuses to let her. Moving on from that was hard but Catherine did. Later that week is when Ivy June gets her turn with bad luck. What happens in Ivys family is absolutely horrific. As all these things are happening Ivy and Catherine are beginning to realize how alike they are. This month has brought them closer than they ever imagined. No one would have thought that two totally people, lifestyle wise, would have such a strong connection.
I would definitely recommend this book who is interested in the act of friendship. This book truly makes you feel like apart of everything the girls go through . Through out the plot there were many events that were full of so much emotion. In each and every Action in the book the author made the reader feel very connected. This book has so many great elements. This is definitely a book everyone should read. ( )
  AnBr14 | Oct 15, 2014 |
Ivy June Mosley of Thunder Creek and Catherine Combs of Lexington participate in student exchange and keep journals, experiencing, and learning much. Cute and inspiring! ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Ivy June Mosley of Thunder Creek and Catherine Combs of Lexington participate in student exchange and keep journals, experiencing, and learning much. Cute and inspiring! ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2010-2011

I liked this book quite a lot, and it made me cry. Ivy June has been selected to part of an exchange program. She will spend time in Lexington, Kentucky with Katherine, and then later Katherine will come visit Ivy June in Thunder Creek. There are some culture clashes between the two worlds, to be sure. I must admit I had trouble placing the time period, and the only reason at times I could remember it was set in a modern era was the mention of cell phones. ( )
  scote23 | Dec 26, 2013 |
Through this book two girls from different parts of Kentucky come together to exchange lives for 2 weeks. The girls will travel and spend time with each other and their families while journaling about the experience. While both girls lead completely different lives, they realize that they have a lot more in common then they ever expected. As a reader we are taken on an emotional, but enjoyable story about two worlds coming together as one, even if it is on a small scale. ( )
  TastefullyJReef | Nov 21, 2013 |
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March 6 - They'll probably be polite - crisp as a soda cracker on the outside, hard as day-old biscuit underneath. Papaw says not to prejudice my heart before I've got there. But Miss Dixon says to write down what we think so we can compare it with what we feel after.
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During a student exchange program, seventh-graders Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, homes, and communities, and find that although their lifestyles are total opposites they have a lot in common.

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