Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp
I have to admit that I was hooked to Anyone But Ivy Pocket even before I read the blurb. No it’s not the cover, but the message from the author Caleb Krisp at the back of the ARC that I received. I have received quite a few ARCs before but none with such a message from the author. It was different, it was interesting and it was humorous and that is what got me hooked to the book. Here’s a picture of the back cover so that you can take a look for yourself.
Ivy Pocket is a twelve year old who works as a lady’s maid. No matter her own opinion about herself, her employer, Countess Carbunkle dumps her in Paris as she just could not take any more of what Ivy had to offer. Stranded in the city with no money and no place to go, Ivy tries her best to gain employment. But when her attempt at getting a job at a hotel fails, she is approached by a boy. Ivy meets Duchess of Trinity for a job prospect. She is expected to follow precise instructions about getting a necklace to England and delivering it to Matilda Butterfield. With no other options at hand, Ivy accepts the job that will fetch her £500 and a fresh start at life. From there on Ivy’s adventure takes off as she discovers that the Clock Diamond has some special qualities and her growing attachment to it.
Ivy is a hilarious character to follow. She has very high opinion about herself that is almost to the point of being conceited. She thinks of herself as this larger than life persona who can deal with anything and has a solution for everything. She continuously refuses to conform She can be dense, irritating and free with insults. But her loud character is just a cover though, for the young orphaned girl who longs for her parents and a loving home. I loved the author’s style of narration and the fact that the language is simple enough for the kids this book is meant for. But what I loved the most was the author’s sense of humor that could almost be called twisted at times yet I laughed all the way through.
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