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Ivy and the Meanstalk [Hardcover]

Dawn Lairamore

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2011
Having saved her kingdom from the dastardly designs of a scheming prince in Ivy's Ever After, fourteen-year-old Princess Ivy and her dragon friend, Elridge, have little time to rest on their laurels, for Ardendale is once again being threatened. It seems that many years ago a magical harp and a hen that laid golden eggs were stolen by a youth named Jack. The rightful owner, a surly giantess who hasn't slept a wink since the thefts, needs her harp back to cure her insomnia. Otherwise Ardendale will suffer an unspeakable fate. So Ivy and Elridge set off on another fairy-tale-inspired adventure--a quest for the magical harp that takes them across the sea, into the fiery depths of a magnificent golden kingdom, and high into the clouds to the top of a vicious man-eating meanstalk.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House Inc (Oct. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823423921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823423927
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,037,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dawn Lairamore lives in northern California, where she works as a paralegal. In a starred review of her first book, Ivy's Ever After, School Library Journal wrote, "A fun and entertaining fairy-tale-based fantasy with a nice balance of character development and action," and Kirkus Reviews predicted, "This fractured fairy tale will delight tween readers."

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cute story April 11 2013
By april - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This author actually has a few books. My 11 year old daughter loves them. They give a little kick to traditional fairy tales. It is a pretty decent sized book (length), but she goes through them i. a short period so they must be a very fast read. Hoping the author writes another!
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and fun Jan. 25 2013
By Marta Betts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is written for 8-10 year old kids. However, the author is in my book club and it was chosen as the book of the month to read. I found it engaging even for an adult and kept my interest. I was given a copy of her first book, Ivy's Ever After, which I will read very soon. Dawn inscribed both books to my granddaughter, "Princess Harlee Rae". These books will be a wonderful gift when she is old enough.
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club. com Jan. 3 2012
By Cynthia Hudson - Published on Amazon.com
Ivy and Eldridge have become fast friends after their adventures in Ivy's Ever After. Now they're trying to enjoy themselves at Drusilla's wedding when a giant beanstalk with vicious teeth for pods grows into the clouds, taking Drusilla's pet goat with it.

In Ivy and the Meanstalk, the two set off to rescue Toadstool, only to discover a giantess who is intent on recovering her golden harp, stolen by Jack and whisked away generations ago. Largessa threatens to destroy the kingdom of Ardendale if Ivy and Eldridge don't return the harp within a week.

This new story takes the princess and her friendly dragon on a journey across the sea to Jacktopia, where a big-headed Jack set himself up as ruler long ago. Every king in the land since then is intent on increasing his kingdom's wealth and showing off an abundance of gold.

Ivy has her work cut out for her, but she's got the assistance of Eldridge, Owen, and One-Oh-Three, an overprotected prince who wants to have a little more freedom. They work together to win what Ivy needs and what One-Oh-Three hopes for.

Ivy and the Meanstalk continues the fun from the first book with author Lairamore imagining the aftermath of Jack and Beanstalk. Instead of the hero he portrayed himself as, Jack is revealed as a less-than-ethical character who thought only of himself. Mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 8 to 12 will enjoy reading it as well as discussing some of the issues touched on, including how historical events may be viewed differently by various people affected, the ethics of stealing something to avert a tragedy, and the wisdom of seeking revenge on someone who has made you mad.
4.0 out of 5 stars All that glitters is not gold. Nov. 29 2011
By Gramma Sandy - Published on Amazon.com
A wonderful romp with Princess Ivory, and her faithful and true, if somwhat small, dragon. I have a feeling that perhaps there is more to him than we realize. A truly talented author with her finger on the pulse point of the young reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fractured Fairy Tales, Frivolity,and FUN !!!! Nov. 26 2011
By Mary Helfrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ivy's Ever After was a wonderful spin on the traditional fairy tale and it continues here in Ivy and the Meanstalk !! Ivy and the Meanstalk is a worthy continuation. Lighthearted and joyful in spirit !! Welcome back to Ardendale folks, sit back and enjoy the ride.

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