The premise: When Ivy's stepfather leaves, Ivy's mom starts working (not to mention trying to hold herself together). She has to support Ivy and her little brother somehow, after all. They also take in a boarder, a twelve-year-old named Caleb. But Caleb is strange and embarrassing for Ivy to be around. To further complicate Ivy's life, she's an eavesdropper and learns much she's not supposed to know--until she learns that sometimes you have to move out of the shadows.
What I loved: The colorful, complicated, realistic cast of characters. Ivy, her mom, Ivy's brother JJ, Aunt Maureen, Caleb and Pastor Harold each bring something unique and necessary to this story. I wish I was nice enough pass along Ivy in the Shadows as a giveaway, but . . . Rosi sent me a hardcover, and you know how I love those, right? So I'm hanging on to it. :-)
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