What Happened to Ivy

Perfect | September 15, 2012

byKathy Stinson

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David's younger sister Ivy, born with multiple disabilities, needs constant attention. She may be eleven years old, but in many ways she's still a baby. She embarrasses him in public. She takes all of their parents' focus, to the point where David wonders if they see him as anything more than a helper for Ivy. But despite it all, he loves her.The summer days are following their usual pattern of taking care of his sister, doing chores, and trips to the cottage. The one exception is Hannah, the new girl across the street. Hannah makes David feel anything but routine. He wants to be around her all the time. And, amazingly, she seems to be into him as well.Everything changes when Ivy has an accident while being looked after by her dad. As David wrestles with what happened to Ivy, he is forced to confront his own feelings of guilt, the meaning of mercy, and what can be forgiven.

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David's younger sister Ivy, born with multiple disabilities, needs constant attention. She may be eleven years old, but in many ways she's still a baby. She embarrasses him in public. She takes all of their parents' focus, to the point where David wonders if they see him as anything more than a helper for Ivy. But despite it all, he lo...

Kathy Stinson has published more than 30 titles – picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, short stories, biography, and other nonfiction. Mother, stepmother, and grandmother, CNIB and CODE volunteer and member of CANSCAIP and TWUC. Kathy is the author the 101 Ways to Dance, Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Yea...

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Format:PerfectDimensions:120 pages, 7 × 5 × 0.45 inPublished:September 15, 2012Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1926920813

ISBN - 13:9781926920818

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sensitive handling of a difficult topic This is the type of fiction that should be read and talked about in every home and classroom. While this story is fiction, the events are ones that could impact most every family, not just those with disabled children, but also those with terminally ill family members. Fifteen year old David has had to live most of his life in the shadow of his younger sister Ivy. She was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy and takes up most of her parents' attention. He loves his little sister, but he at the same time, he wants some time with his parents. This novel explores the range of emotions that David goes through when he considers how Ivy has changed his life. This is a very non-judgemental approach. There is no right and wrong to David's feelings, just acknowledgement of their existence. During the course of the story, David had to confront some of the same questions I did when my father was facing terminal illness. What Happened to Ivy is directed at a teenage audience, though I feel it would be most effective if it is also read by parents prior to a family discussion.
Date published: 2014-02-26

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David's brief, but intense, story will have you on the edge of your seat. My only criticism was that is was too short it left me wanting more!