Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World

Book - 2018 | First edition
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Is this what a crush felt like? A constant stomachache, a bubbly feeling in your fingertips? When a tornado rips through town, twelve-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family of six 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, a girl on whom Ivy has begun to develop a crush. Will Ivy find the strength and courage to follow her true feelings? Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World is an exquisite, tender novel about emerging identity, enriching middle-grade literature at large. -- From dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780316515467
Call Number: j BLAKE 2018
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 21 cm


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(Gr 4-6) When a tornado rips through town, 12-year-old Ivy Aberdeen's house is destroyed and her family 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, I... Read More »

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SAPL_Teens Aug 22, 2020

Ivy Aberdeen has had the worst month ever. Her home was destroyed by a tornado and she’s stuck living in a small hotel room with her family of six. Worse, her special journal of secret drawings has gone missing. And the worst thing of all is that Ivy has no one to talk to - her older sister can’t be trusted (not after what she said), her parents are busy and her best friend has been distant. The one bright spot is her new friend June, but Ivy’s feelings towards her are really confusing.
Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World is a touching novel that discusses growing up in an honest and realistic way. The characters are vividly drawn and full of life; each is struggling with their own issues. This colourful cast of characters includes many LGBTQ+ characters from all walks of life; from Ivy herself, to her older sister’s best friend, to the kind old lady who owns the hotel.
Overall, Ivy Aberdeen is a hopeful and gentle book that will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic fiction. If you’re a fan of Sarah Dessen, Raina Telgemeier, or Erin Entrada Kelly you’ll love Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World. 5/5 stars - SAPL Teen Read It & Review Contributor

IndyPL_SarahL Aug 11, 2020

This book is so sweet! Ivy Aberdeen experiences a devastating tornado that rocks the entire community in which she lives, but that's only the beginning of this story. Poor Ivy becomes almost invisible to her family as they scramble to literally pick up the pieces of their destroyed home and take care of newborn twin babies. All this happens while Ivy is discovering an important truth about herself and needs their support the most. This book has everything that would appeal to a middle grader looking for realistic fiction: action, friend drama, first crushes, self-expression, and neat little resolution that ties it all together and makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

KyCCL Jan 07, 2020

This book is lovely. Family, friends, school ... and unexpected natural disasters that turn your world upside down.
This is exactly the sort of book we need more of - books with more rainbow characters, but where that isn’t the whole plot of the story.

JCLChrisK Sep 21, 2019

A lovely book about the complexity of relationships and the difficulty of risking vulnerability, with secrets, betrayals, family, identity, and love all part of the mix. It's a story every reader can relate to.

Sep 13, 2019

I am in grade seven and I feel like this book is perfect
for kids 11 and over because it has a lot of interesting things
( no spoilers )

Jun 25, 2019

I am excited to be living in an age where books like this exist. I cannot wait to have a whole shelf of middle grade books with queer themes to recommend to my students. The main character's sexuality is not the main focus of the novel - there are plenty of other large topics at hand such as the destruction of Ivy's house, the challenges of being 12 with two brand-new baby brothers, and navigating all that fun middle school drama. This story is sweet and heartfelt and does an excellent job of portraying a first crush and how it can be completely bewildering, overwhelming, wonderful, and awful all rolled into one.

Jun 19, 2019

Ivy Aberdeen is kindhearted and shy. One thing Ivy and I learned is that it is OK to be yourself even if some people over react. In the book Ivy starts to form a crush on a girl named June. After Ivy's house is completely whipped away with the tornado she has no place to live and can't control her emotions. Later, Ivy tells June and she starts crying, not because she is mad because she is confused. Then June accepts that Ivy has a crush on her and becomes one of her very close friends. This book is awesome I defiantly rate it 5 stars!

One Thing though: The ending was kind of short and I wanted more to the ending.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Feb 11, 2019

A gentle coming out story for middle grade readers. If I’d read this as the straight tween I was, I would have been far more empathetic to my lgbtqia peers!

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Jan 09, 2019

I loved this one. The ending is rather pat, in my opinion, but sometimes that's just what readers need.

Mar 09, 2018

When I learned about the existence of Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World, I was intrigued. Middle grade has always been fantastic at teaching diversity, particularly it's shown vast growth on LGBTQIA+ subject matters. This novel focuses on a twelve-year-old girl whose family home is destroyed by a devastating tornado, and how she begins to find herself.

A lot of this book looks at Ivy's notion of what it means to be a lesbian in a construct where children are constantly told that "girls like boys" and "boys like girls." She wants to challenge this given she has strong feelings for her friend June, and the fact that she wants to be treated normally. What I loved about this story is that we feel for Ivy and we see her ups and downs in both her feelings and understanding of the world around her. She behaves like many kids do when they feel different -- they try to combat the feelings themselves instead of reaching out, and that makes sense given she has to make herself vulnerable to people she might feel could harm her.

This novel is very raw and heartbreaking. It's also super hopeful as well. Ivy's family accepts her for who she is, which is kind of wonderful and it was great to see them being present in the story, which doesn't happen enough in middle grade or YA. They love her, they try to understand what she is going through and the want to help her in any way they can. I loved that aspect in the story because we just don't see enough of it anymore.

Having Ivy's narrative being the core focus, she is a character I know many readers will love and relate with. Ivy's letter to the world sort-to-speak is powerful, it's passionate, and most of all, it's authentic to her experience. We need more middle grade novels like this that can teach great lessons about hope, friendship, sexuality, and personal growth. I cannot wait to read more by Ashley Herring Blake, because she is a fantastic storyteller.


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