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list price: $10.95
edition:Paperback
category: Children's Fiction
published: March 2018
ISBN:9781459815742
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Kasey & Ivy

by Alison Hughes

tagged: humorous stories, diseases, illnesses & injuries, friendship
Description

Through twenty-six letters to her friend Nina, twelve-year-old Kasey chronicles the often humorous observations and impressions of her unexpected, month-long stay in a geriatric ward for the treatment of a rare but treatable bone disease ("osteo-something-something-itis"). Kasey tries to make her life less dull by wearing her own nightgowns, surrounding herself with her favorite stuffies and developing an unusual exercise routine. Hospital food, insomnia and the germy communal bath are enduring sources of dread, but some new (and unexpected) friends make her life bearable.

About the Author
Alison Hughes writes for children of all ages. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Governor General's Literary Award. She shares her love of writing by giving lively presentations and workshops at schools and young-author conferences. She lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with her family, where her three snoring dogs provide the soundtrack for her writing. For more information, visit alisonhughesbooks.com.
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
9 to 12
Grade:
4 to 7
Reading age:
9 to 12
Editorial Reviews

"Kasey's observational humor and snarky attitude will have readers chuckling. Hughes reveals in her acknowledgments that she spent a month in a hospital as a child, and she translates that effortlessly for readers, communicating Kasey's fear and vulnerability as well as that sense that she must put on a brave front for the sake of the adults around her…A surprisingly funny look at a subject readers may think is anything but."

— Kirkus Reviews

"The well-paced narrative has lovely, intimate moments. Kasey's slow and subtle change into someone who is capable of feeling genuine affection and warmth for her fellow geriatric-ward residents is a journey worth experiencing."

— Booklist

&quotThis novel is an eye-opening experience for any young person facing serious illness or dealing with lengthy hospital stays. It is both compassionate and very informative at the same time. The beautifully written letters are a marvelous narrative device to put readers in touch with the emotions of the main character.&quot

— Resource Links

"Hughes has written a realistic fiction novel that will appeal to many. Kasey's wit and liveliness come to life through her letters to Nina, and Kasey's fears…allow readers to empathize along with her…Hand to young readers who ask for 'sad stories;' this will satisfy their reading tastes and will bring a smile to their faces. Recommended."

— School Library Journal

"Age-appropriate and emotionally satisfying, Hughes's latest novel pulls readers in with its refreshingly original, affecting storyline. But its real strength lies in the author's memorable scenes and realistic prose, adeptly revealing the tender heart and boundless soul of a girl wise beyond her years."

— Quill & Quire

"Filled with wry observations and witty insights, this book will make readers feel like Kasey's personal pen pal…Recommended"

— School Library Connection

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