Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World (Hardcover)

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Ivy Aberdeen is hiding a secret that she only lets out in her art. Then a tornado comes and suddenly her house is gone and her life changed. Not long after, Ivy meets and develops a crush on June, a young girl with her own secrets. I was blown away by this touching and powerful story of finding out who you are and accepting yourself. An important read for anyone still discovering themselves. The author beautifully depicts growing up and the emotions surrounding it - including, yes, crushes, but also family dynamics and looking outside yourself to see what is happening around you, learning that life isn't always perfect and that sometimes you need to take a leap. A beautiful, emotional, coming-of-age story that made me cry at least three times.

— Lindsey

Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List

“Ivy Aberdeen has just suffered two huge losses: Her family's home has been destroyed by a tornado, and her secret notebook where she draws pictures of girls holding hands has vanished - only to reappear as pages left in her locker by a mysterious reader. It's not the best moment to get a crush on her new friend June, but Ivy perseveres through changing emotions and fears to figure out where she belongs in her world. Beautiful prose, characterization, and themes. Highly recommended!”
— Cecilia Cackley, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC


In the wake of a destructive tornado, one girl develops feelings for another in this stunning, tender novel about emerging identity, perfect for fans of The Thing About Jellyfish.
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?
Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World exquisitely enriches the rare category of female middle-grade characters who like girls--and children's literature at large.

About the Author

Ashley Herring Blake lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two sons. She is the author of the young adult novel Suffer Love. Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World is her debut middle grade novel.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316515467
ISBN-10: 0316515469
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 6th, 2018
Pages: 320
Language: English