Synopses & Reviews
"Newbery Medalist Naylor's (Shiloh) reflective, resonant novel shapes credible portraits of two Kentucky girls participating in a seventh-grade exchange program. Since her parents' house is too cramped, outspoken Ivy June lives nearby with her bighearted grandparents in aremote mountain hollow, with no indoor bathroom or phone. More reserved Catherine attends private school in Lexington, where she shares a rambling home with her family. In thoughtful, articulate journal entries interspersed with third-person chapters, the girls, who spend two weeks together with each family, share their initial expectations and subsequent impressions ('if Mammaw ever saw the stuff they put on our plates, she'd give it to a dog,' Ivy June writes about the cafeteria food). The bond between the girls strengthens when they simultaneously experience traumatic events (Ivy June's coal miner grandfather becomes trapped underground; Catherine's mother undergoes emergency heart surgery). Leaving the hollow, Catherine responds to a comment that she'll have a lot to tell when she arrives home: 'To tell it's one thing.... To be here that's something else.' Naylor's deft storytelling effortlessly transports readers to her Kentucky settings and into two unexpectedly similar lives. Ages 9 12. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
From the author of the Newbery Medal winner "Shiloh" comes a story of two girls from different regions of Kentucky who are brought together in an exchange program. They soon learn they are more alike than different and find strength in each other.
About the Author
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the author of more than 100 books. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland.