Anyone but Ivy Pocket

Anyone but Ivy Pocket

Book - 2015
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Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy's companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to ... until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity.

For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees to courier the Duchess's most precious possession - the Clock Diamond - to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. It's not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder.

Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by John Kelly, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is just the beginning of one girl's deadly comic journey to discover who she really is ...

Publisher: New York, NY :, Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781408858639
9780062364340
Branch Call Number: J KRI
Additional Contributors: Cantini, Barbara - Illustrator

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white_fox_503
Mar 12, 2018

great book, kinda creepy

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martha_w
Jun 06, 2015

This fun series-opener tells the tale of Ivy Pocket, an orphaned lady's maid in Victorian England with delusions of grandeur who gets involved in a supernatural mystery surrounding a cursed necklace. The plot becomes unnecessarily complicated midway through the book, but it's saved by Ivy's narration, since it is consistently fun to watch her wildly misinterpret all the clues around her, being rude to everyone she encounters in the process. It's Amelia Bedelia meets Lemony Snicket -- and I mean that as a compliment.

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