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Young Adult Fiction Canada

Growing Up Ivy

by (author) Peggy Dymond Leavey

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2010
Category
Canada, Parents, Car & Road Trips
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781554887231
    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price
    $12.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781770705432
    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price
    $8.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459704824
    Publish Date
    Jul 2010
    List Price
    $12.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 5 to 6
  • Reading age: 12 to 15

Description

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 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 shoes.
Back 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.

About the author

Peggy Dymond Leavey was born in Toronto, the second in a family of five children. Her father was in the RCAF, and while Peggy was growing up in the 40s and 50s, the family was often on the move. Peggy began writing as a child and has since published poems, articles and plays for both adults and children. She has collaborated on three books of local history and has done freelance writing. Her book The Movie Years, published in 1989, details the years 1917-1934 when Trenton, Ontario was Canada’s filmmaking capital. Her first novel for children, Help Wanted: Wednesdays Only, published in 1994 by Napoleon, has been published in French as Un Petit Boulot du Mercredi. A Circle in Time was published in 1994, also by Napoleon. Her third book, Sky Lake Summer, published in 1999, was nominated for a Silver Birch Award and a Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award. It has also been chosen for the Accelerated Reading Program in the U.S. Peggy’s first teen novel, Finding My Own Way, was published by Napoleon in the fall of 2001. It was followed by another junior novel, The Deep End Gang, in 2003, which was an honour finalist for the Silver Birch Award. The Path Through the Trees (2005) was also a Silver Birch finalist. Her latest novel is Treasure at Turtle Lake (2007). The sequel, Trouble at Turtle Narrows, will be released in the fall of 2008. Today, Peggy lives near Trenton, Ontario. She and her husband have three grown children and eight grandchildren. She works part-time as a librarian, keeping her mornings free to write.

Peggy Dymond Leavey's profile page

Awards

  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens

Editorial Reviews

Ivy is a convincing character, strong though damaged, and depicted without sentimentality. The Depression-era setting is similarly convincing, crisp in its particulars. Ivy eventually connects with her father, and they spend the summer on the road together in a caravan, peddling shoes. The cumulative portrait of rural Ontario that emerges from this doomed enterprise feels like the real deal.

Quill & Quire

Peggy Dymond Leavey has written an engaging and moving story of a likable, imaginative girl. I kept reading late into the night, empathizing with Ivy and wanting to know what happened next. The realities of the Great Depression are brought to life with authentic, well-researched details.

MiddleSchoolBookReviews.wordpress.com

Leavey deserves congratulations for recognizing the gem of a good story when she came across it, and praise for making something of it.

CM Magazine

Ivy is not the only wonderful character in this fine book, but this is definitely her story. The writing is commendable, the characters lively and likeable, the setting strong and the sense of community vibrant. I read late into the night wanting to know what would happen to these people that I had come to like so much. I enjoyed every page and recommend it highly. It would make a great read in an intermediate classroom and is certain to encourage discussion of the hard times that so many faced in the 1930s.

Sal's Fiction Addiction

Setting in small-town Ontario during the Great Depression, Growing Up Ivy is a nice story for readers from Grade 6.

Fernfolio.com

Librarian Reviews

Growing Up Ivy

During the summer of 1931, Ivy Chalmers is sent to stay with her paternal grandmother in Larkin, Ontario, so her mother can pursue an acting career in New York City. Ivy’s estranged father, Alva, arrives unexpectedly, but is no Prince Charming — rather, he’s an illiterate peddler. Ivy befriends Charlie Bayliss, but, unbeknownst to both of them, they share a secret connection.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

Other titles by Peggy Dymond Leavey

Canadian Cultural Heritage 4-Book Bundle

Molly Brant / Louis Riel / Harriet Tubman / Simon Girty

by (author) Peggy Dymond Leavey, Sharon Stewart, Rosemary Sadlier & Edward Butts

Molly Brant

Mohawk Loyalist and Diplomat

by (author) Peggy Dymond Leavey

Canadian Performing Arts Bundle

Emma Albani / John Grierson / Mary Pickford

by (author) Michelle Labrèche-Larouche, Peggy Dymond Leavey & Gary Evans

Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 21–30

Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas / William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford

by (author) Julie H. Ferguson, Tom Henighan, Nicholas Maes, Wayne Larsen, Sharon Stewart, Valerie Knowles, D.T. Lahey, Edward Butts & Peggy Dymond Leavey

Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 31–35

Harriet Tubman / Laura Secord / Joey Smallwood / Prince Edward, Duke of Kent / John A. Macdonald

by (author) Rosemary Sadlier, Nathan Tidridge, Peggy Dymond Leavey, Ray Argyle & Ged Martin
foreword by J.J. Grant

Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 26–30

William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford

by (author) Wayne Larsen, Valerie Knowles, D.T. Lahey, Edward Butts & Peggy Dymond Leavey

Laura Secord

Heroine of the War of 1812

by (author) Peggy Dymond Leavey

Mary Pickford

Canada’s Silent Siren, America’s Sweetheart

by (author) Peggy Dymond Leavey

Trouble at Turtle Narrows

by (author) Peggy Dymond Leavey

Treasure at Turtle Lake

by (author) Peggy Dymond Leavey