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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.227473
In a heart- and humor-filled adventure by On the Blue Comet author Rosemary Wells, a girl spends a summer caring for animals in the mid-century Southwest.

Brokenhearted after her best friend leaves for the entire summer, Ivy rallies and finds herself something new and exciting to do: she hires herself out to look after people’s farm animals and pets while they’re away. So begins a summer of discovery and definition for tenderhearted but sensible Ivy, who must win over the stubborn pony Chestnut, take on the training of a puppy named Inca, and patiently court the trust of the magnificent but scarred racehorse, Andromeda. All this while tending to her own private hurts and hopes, and managing the hapless tagalong Billy Joe, who has a knack for trouble and accidents like nobody else. Celebrated writer Rosemary Wells delivers a compassionately observed and exquisitely distilled novel set in mid-century Nevada about a heroine with an exceptional gift, a heart of gold, and a budding dream for her future.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on February 26, 2013 by Candlewick
ISBN-10: 0763653527
ISBN-13: 9780763653521
31 Book Reviews
  • Cool dogWednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:22 am
    This is a great book for people that love animals
    • tylrswftlvr
      tylrswftlvrThursday, November 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm55 stars
      So far this is a great book but this is coming from a down heart animal lover.
      • mistylupin
        mistylupinWednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:42 am
        im absolutely animal crazy and i love the book!!!
        • horselovero
          horseloveroMonday, May 20, 2013 at 7:14 pm
          any good?
          • mistylupin
            mistylupinWednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:39 am
            this book is the best!
          • crystalrainbow
            crystalrainbowSaturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:49 am
            such a good book
            • crystalrainbow
              crystalrainbowSaturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:48 am
              i got the book even before it was published
              • mistylupin
                mistylupinWednesday, June 26, 2013 at 11:39 am
                COOL!!
              • maddyrocks13
                maddyrocks13Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:47 pm44 starsFeatured
                Ivy Takes Care by Rosemary Wells is a very cute story. Ivy is a young girl in 1949 who lives on a ranch. Ivy's family doesn't have much money, so when Ivy wants to buy a ring for her best friend, she had to buy it herself. To make money, Ivy becomes a pet sitter and takes care of a horse, trains a show dog, and nurses a fox back to health. Overall, this book is a cute, relatively quick read. Also, I noticed that Rosemary Wells, the author, wrote that TV show Max and Ruby.
                • feebles
                  feeblesThursday, February 14, 2013 at 4:18 pm
                  Yay I got my copy of the book today!
                  • korky
                    korkyWednesday, February 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm
                    I WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • 20charte
                      20charteTuesday, February 5, 2013 at 2:50 pm
                      I won 2 of the books, do I send in 2 forms or one?