Wednesday, 26 February 2014

What Happened to Ivy by Kathy Stinson

This is the type of fiction that should be read and talked about in every home and classroom. While this story is fiction, the events are ones that could impact most every family, not just those with disabled children, but also those with terminally ill family members.

Fifteen year old David has had to live most of his life in the shadow of his younger sister Ivy.  She was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy and takes up most of her parents' attention.  He loves his little sister, but he at the same time, he wants some time with his parents.

This novel explores the range of emotions that David goes through when he considers how Ivy has changed his life.  This is a very non-judgemental approach.  There is no right and wrong to David's feelings, just acknowledgement of their existence. 

During the course of the story, David had to confront some of the same questions I did when my father was facing  terminal illness. 

What Happened to Ivy is directed at a teenage audience, though I feel it would be most effective if it is also read by parents prior to a family discussion.

Thanks to author Kathy Stinson for use of the cover image.

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