Ivy's Ever After

Ivy's Ever After

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by Dawn Lairamore
     
 

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Once upon a time in the kingdom of Ardendal there lived a spirited princess named Ivy, who had no interest in being rescued by Prince Charming, and an undersized dragon named Elridge, who was better at solving word puzzles than breathing fire. Sailing into this world on a ship made of whale bones came Romil, a handsome prince with dastardly designs on Princess Ivy and…  See more details below

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Once upon a time in the kingdom of Ardendal there lived a spirited princess named Ivy, who had no interest in being rescued by Prince Charming, and an undersized dragon named Elridge, who was better at solving word puzzles than breathing fire. Sailing into this world on a ship made of whale bones came Romil, a handsome prince with dastardly designs on Princess Ivy and her kingdom. Ivy and Elridge, both disappointments to their families, join forces to try and thwart Romil's evil plot. In the process these traditional enemies become fast freinds, discover hidden strengths, and earn the respect of all who know them. Full of humor and high adventure--and plenty of slightly skewed fairy-tale motifs--this frothy fractured fairy tale is sure to delight young readers.

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Gr 4-6–Princess Ivory has grown up in the isolated kingdom of Ardendale as the only child of an absentminded king. Per the Dragon Treaty, she is locked in a tower when she turns 14, there to languish until the nefarious prince from a neighboring land kills her dragon guard and marries her. But as Ivy has no intention of marrying this prince, she escapes from the tower with the help of the dragon (a runty and peaceful creature named Elridge) and goes off with him to discover a way to foil the prince’s plan to destroy Ardendale. They have many perilous adventures and meet some intriguing characters, including a romance-prone fairy godmother named Drusilla and an adorable but hideously grumpy miniature goat named Toadstool. Their fates being intertwined, Ivy and Elridge hit it off right away, and by the end of the story they are clearly best friends forever. This is a fun and entertaining fairy-tale-based fantasy with a nice balance of character development and action. Give it to fans of Donna Jo Napoli’s The Prince of the Pond (Puffin, 1994) or Diane Zahler’s The Thirteenth Princess (HarperCollins, 2010).–Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Princess Ivory has grown up in the isolated kingdom of Ardendale as the only child of an absentminded king. Per the Dragon Treaty, she is locked in a tower when she turns 14, there to languish until the nefarious prince from a neighboring land kills her dragon guard and marries her. But as Ivy has no intention of marrying this prince, she escapes from the tower with the help of the dragon (a runty and peaceful creature named Elridge) and goes off with him to discover a way to foil the prince's plan to destroy Ardendale. They have many perilous adventures and meet some intriguing characters, including a romance-prone fairy godmother named Drusilla and an adorable but hideously grumpy miniature goat named Toadstool. Their fates being intertwined, Ivy and Elridge hit it off right away, and by the end of the story they are clearly best friends forever. This is a fun and entertaining fairy-tale-based fantasy with a nice balance of character development and action. Give it to fans of Donna Jo Napoli's The Prince of the Pond (Puffin, 1994) or Diane Zahler's The Thirteenth Princess (HarperCollins, 2010).—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
The Reluctant Dragon meets Ella Enchanted in this lighthearted adventure debut. Perhaps if her mother hadn't died in childbirth, her father weren't so aloof and her godmother, Drusilla, hadn't abandoned her as a baby, Princess Ivy would show more (or some) propriety. Now, on her 14th birthday, according to the Dragon Treaty, which is meant to continue the royal line and keep dragons from destroying Ardendale (by luring daring princes who would not otherwise travel to the meager kingdom), she will be locked in a tower guarded by a dragon until she is rescued. When she discovers that her would-be rescuer, Prince Romil, plans to destroy the royal family and the dragons after their marriage, Ivy elicits the help of Elridge, her meek guard dragon, to find Drusilla and thwart Romil's plans. Their courageous quest and unlikely friendship takes them atop mountains filled with man- (and dragon-) eating trolls, through a haunted swamp and through the fairy realm's perilous entry. Evenly paced with humor to match, this fractured fairy tale will delight tween readers. (Fantasy. 8-12)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823429370
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
07/31/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
513,644
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
980L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Dawn Lairamore lives in northern California, where she works as a paralegal. In a starred review of her first book, Ivy's Ever After, School Library Journal wrote, "A fun and entertaining fairy-tale-based fantasy with a nice balance of character development and action," and Kirkus Reviews predicted, "This fractured fairy tale will delight tween readers."

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