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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World: 04/22/19

Finding Dorothy

Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake is set against the backdrop of a devastating tornado. In that regard it's similar to 14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop. But there's also an element of sharing letters back and forth through a locker, which brings to mind The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh.

With a storm brewing outside, Ivy is drawing in her room. She draws two girls holding hands. One girl is herself and the other isn't anyone in particular. Behind them is a spiraling, colorful twirl (see the book cover). She's nearly finished when her father bursts in and drags her down to the storm shelter. When they emerge later, the house is gone. The notebook of her artwork, her Copic markers and, well, the entire house, is gone.

So set against the backdrop of Ivy's family trying to rebuild and Ivy being completely crushed at the loss of her art, her supplies, and her safe space. Then, at school, pages from her note book start showing up in her locker.

Eventually Ivy and the mystery person end up in an old school love letter romance by way of the locker. This part has a similar vibe to Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Four stars

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