Monday, January 16, 2012

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday: Ivy Ever After

Today’s pick:  Ivy Ever After by Dawn Lairamore

Published by Holiday House, 2010

According to the Dragon Treaty, Princess Ivy of Ardendale must be locked in a tower on her 14th birthday, a tower guarded by a fierce dragon. She’s supposed to wait to be rescued by a handsome prince. But she doesn’t want to be rescued, and Eldridge, the dragon, isn’t cut out for guarding towers. Instead, they join forces on an adventure to search for Ivy’s fairy godmother in troll-infested mountains.

My Take:
This book was such a fun read! To me, it seemed perfect for 9 to 11 year old girls who enjoy fantasy and fairytales. It was great to see how the author blended humour and adventure in this story. This novel has a very definite and consistent voice, created through the fairy tale elements and the humorous writing style. There are a lot of descriptive, sensory details that worked to create a good sense of setting. I’d re-read this story to study how the author used adjectives and actions to develop character.

Other Info:
There is a sequel to this book called Ivy and The Meanstalk.

For more, go to Dawn Lairamore’s website.


  1. I loved this book, and can't wait to read the sequel :)

  2. This book sounds terrific! I want to read it right now! As it is 1 degree here and we have a cozy fire blazing, seems like a good day for it :)

  3. I've seen this at the library but haven't taken the plunge yet. Thanks for the recommendation. My daughter fits your description of who would like this book (of course, she'd be hooked by the dragon on the cover).

  4. This sounds great! I'm going to put it on my TBR list. Any fairy-tale read is a great one! :)

  5. I know Dawn, and while I haven't read these books yet, they sure sound fun!

  6. Hearing good things about this one...need to get it read. Thanks for featuring it!


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