Parents' Guide to

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

By Becca Weinstein, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Similarities trump differences in true friendship.

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age 9+

Faith, Hope, and Ivy June

I'm a teacher and used this as a book club book for my 4th grade class. It is an easy way to show kids what it would be like to have to move to a school where you were the outcast. It also shows kids an obvious example of the differences between cultures within the U.S. as well as how material goods may not be the most important thing in life.

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In this touching tale of an unlikely friendship, the message of "the grass isn't always greener" comes through clearly. So do deeper messages of self-acceptance and the importance of being a good person over having the nicest clothes -- all great concepts for middle school girls who are constantly comparing themselves to their peers.

The vast chasm between the two girls’ lifestyles seems a bit exaggerated, and borderline politically incorrect -- most rural homes nowadays don't have outhouses. But the suburban/rural exchange premise is plausible.

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