Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World by Candice Ransom, Heather Ross
Eight-year-old Iva Honeycutt is sure that she's destined for greatness. And this summer Iva has big plans to make her first great discovery: finding General Braddock's treasure, which was buried somewhere in her small town of Uncertain, Virginia during the French and Indian War. And to make sure she's up to the task, she invents a new name for her discoverer self, Iva Honeysuckle.
Still, even a great discoverer can hit a few bumps on the road. Like Iva's bossy double-first cousin, Heaven. And her great-great-grandfather Ludwell's treasure map not exactly being crystal clear. And on top of it all, her supposedly trusty dog, Sweetlips, falling asleep on the job. Must Iva do everything on her own?
Candice Ransom and Heather Ross have created a sweet, self-assured and completely irrepressible heroine in Iva.
Candice Ransom (www.candiceransom.com) has published more than one hundred books for children, including Iva Honeysuckle Discovers the World, Seeing Sky-Blue Pink, Finding Day's Bottom, and The Big Green Pocketbook. She lives with her husband in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Heather Ross (www.heatherross.squarespace.com) is an artist, author and textile designer. Her first book, Weekend Sewing, came out in 2009. She has been featured on The Martha Stewart Show. Heather's home and studio are in New York City.
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LIB 805 - Book Review HC
Iva, the 8 year old protagonist in this book, lives next door to her cousin, Heaven, and although they are the same age they have nothing in common. Heaven always plays it safe and wants to live a simple life when she grows up, whereas Iva wants a life of excitement and adventure. Iva’s only problem is that she lives in the small town of Uncertain and there is nothing to explore there. Everything changes when Iva finds a treasure map belonging to her great grandfather which she admires and reveres as an explorer. Iva sets out on a journey with her trusted dog and companion, Sweetlips, to locate hidden gold from the map. When Iva realizes she is not able to find the gold alone she must rely on the one person she doesn’t want help from, Heaven.
Iva is interesting and easy to cheer for, but the inclusion of unnecessary characters and irrelevant information makes it hard to focus on her and her task at times. The writing is riddled with confusing idioms suited for a more mature, (and southern), audience, but are not inappropriate. The book has a good overall message of friendship and would be a light read for this age group.
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