Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp

Ivy is quite a piece of work.  She turns around anything you say and makes it different.  She'll look you straight in eye and lie.  She creates tales about where she's going and she sneaks out at night.  If she didn't call everyone dearie all the time they might notice this about her...

Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 31st.

Ivy has been taken in by the couple who sell undertakers' services.  They have her read poetry that fits the moment of death.  These are not sweetness and light poetry, this is dark and deep poetry.  Then they give her a glass of warm milk and she naps for a bit for a bit.  There's a reason for that but Ivy doesn't cotton to it until it's almost too late.

Ivy is wearing a diamond that kills people.  She's only half-dead, so she heals other people as well as herself.  This is a handy talent in this story.

When she sees Rebecca in the diamond's glow alive even though everyone thinks she is dead, she's bound and determined to help her.  She's in another world, one adjacent to our world.  Ivy can travel between them but doesn't know enough to really help.  She doesn't falter though.

If you're going to read this book, you need to leave reality behind and tromp along with Ivy through the known and the unknown.  She's not the nicest character but she is interesting and there is humor interspersed here and there in the story.  

Ivy's story is not done yet.  This silly child never knows when to give up.

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