Parent reviews for Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

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age 10+

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age 9+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 9+

Based on 12 reviews

age 9+
When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of five is displaced. Ivy feels invisible and ignored in the aftermath of the storm—and what's worse, her notebook filled with secret drawings of girls holding hands has gone missing. Mysteriously, Ivy's drawings begin to reappear in her locker with notes from someone telling her to open up about her identity. Ivy thinks—and hopes—that this someone might be her classmate, another girl for whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings?

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age 9+

What does a crush feel like, is it a stomach ache or a weird feeling in your fingertips?

Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World is a book written by Ashly Herring Blake published on March 6th, 2018. This book is its own book and is not a part of a series. A tornado ripped through the town causing Ivy's house to get torn up into the sky and leave her with no house. Ivy is forced to live in the school gym. She was packing up when she realised her notebook with all her personal drawings, including one with her holding a girl’s hand, was missing. Notes with her drawings have been showing up in her locker with notes saying “you should tell someone about this” written on the drawing. Ivy is confused on who it is but she hopes it is one of her homeroom class mates who she is starting to have feelings for. With Ivy’s courage, will she be daring enough to spread her true feelings to the world? You’ll have to read to find out! What I liked about the book was the story line and how it was written, it had a very interesting story behind it and it made me want to read more. Every chapter ended on a cliffhanger. This is a very good book that I thought was very interesting and the book might be in my top 4 best books I have ever read. Something that I didn’t like about this book was the ending. It never tells you about Ivy and June’s future together and there is no sequel, so that is a bummer for the readers. This book is good for readers that want to learn about other people and how people that may not have the same sexual identity as them. I feel like it is more of a book for females but if a male was interested I think they would enjoy this book as well.

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age 10+

Really good messages

I like this book because It expresses that it’s okay to different and you don’t have to hide it. I recommend this book.

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age 9+

A wonderful, encouraging book for all kids - and adults

This is a book about a girl who might like girls, but it's not just about that. It's about a girl who's unsure of her role in her family since she got younger siblings. It's about a girl who's unsure of how much she can show of herself. It's about a girl who's suddenly homeless and missing what she used to have. Ivy feels very lonely, but she's never truly alone. I think that's why I would recommend this book to preteens, too - it's sad and scary at times, and Ivy feels hopeless, but the situation is never hopeless. They go through a natural disaster (with no death, as far as we know), but the community is there to support everyone and stick together. She meets women who are open about being gay. When Ivy's family isn't able to be around, she finds a trusted adult who listens to her and is there for her. In the end, she finds the courage to show everyone who she is, and it resolves the tension and worry. It's a really hopeful and sweet ending. This book will encourage shy kids to be more open, and will show socially confident kids what it's like to be hiding all the time. It encourages listening to one another, solidarity, and being honest about your feelings. It's also beautifully written, I loved it. A good book to share with your child. It'll give you lots of things to talk about that you might not normally think about, and likely you'll love it just as much! There isn't any sexual content. There is discussion of homophobia and anti-black racism directed at another character, but nobody reacts badly "on screen".

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age 10+

A Different Perspective

My 12 year old granddaughter, recently decided to come out as gay to me. After I headed back home, I did what I always do and tried to find books for me to read and for her. This was the very first one I came across and I bought it and immediately felt like this book was written about her! When I told my son about it, he also bought a copy and he and my daughter in law also read it first before they gave it to her to read. The author was so easy and honest in explaining all that is going through a young girl's mind at that age. The book focuses on many different subjects, siblings, being displaced, your body and the changes it goes through. But it was all done so eloquently and was easy enough for my granddaughter to understand and identify with. I have actually bought another copy for a niece of mine, that I have my suspicions about and am hoping this may open up a conversation with her when I give it to her this week. I highly recommend this book for anybody trying to understand their child and all of the upheaval that goes along with growing up.

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Educational value
Great messages
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