Book Buddies: Ivy Lost and Found (2021)
Coming September 28, 2021
Cynthia Lord (author)
Stephanie Graegin (illustrator)
Ages 6 to 9
Also available as an audiobook and in ebook formats including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook, and Google Play.
"I don't know if anyone will come," Ivy said, "so let's save ourselves."
"How?" Piper asked.
"You're a flying squirrel, right?" Ivy said. "That means you can fly!"
"No," Piper said sadly. "I pretend I can fly, but really, I can only fly down."
"Don't you see?" Ivy asked, smiling. "That's perfect!"
"It is?" Piper asked.
Ivy nodded. "Down is where we want to go."
Ivy was Anne the librarian's doll when she was a young girl. But now she has moved to Anne's library to be its newest Book Buddy—a toy that can be checked out just like a book.
Ivy isn't sure she wants to be borrowed, though. She'd rather go back to just being Anne's favorite toy. Fern, a child who visits the library with her stepfamily, also wishes things could go back to the way they were, when Fern had her dad all to herself. When Fern takes Ivy home, an unexpected outdoor adventure helps both of them find confidence and belonging in their changing worlds.
This heartwarming story by Cynthia Lord, with a classic feel and gentle illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, is the first in a chapter-book series that pairs friendly toys with child characters who need them.
The Candlewick Press release date is September 28, 2021.
"...an engaging story of insecurity overcome by hope, courage, and love.... A beguiling debut for this transitional chapter book series." Booklist (starred review)
"Humorous, lively conversations between the Book Buddies—who include a sparkly, pink-tailed, deep-voiced unicorn ('Dazzle is a boy') and Roger, a chick whose adventures include falling into a (clean) toilet and narrowly avoiding being buried by a dog—offer the promise of happy borrowings ahead." Publishers Weekly
"A beguiling series opener that gently conveys the upside of adapting to unwelcome changes." Kirkus Reviews