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"IwithVY: I told Ms. Gold about how The Evil Three have been after me, feeding off me since fourth grade.MARCO: It isn't a very pretty story, so if you're looking for 'nice,' you better ask someone else.ANN: We just have to come up wiht some witnesses for our side. Think! Does anyone owe you any favors?BRYCE: I figure, Dude, why not make a little spare change on the side?"IwithVY: I told Ms. Gold about how The Evil Three have been after me, feeding off me since fourth grade.MARCO: It isn't a very pretty story, so if you're looking for 'nice,' you better ask someone else.ANN: We just have to come up wiht some witnesses for our side. Think! Does anyone owe you any favors?BRYCE: I figure, Dude, why not make a little spare change on the side? A buck a bet. All's I has to do was explain that liable was civil for guilty, and they swarmed like flies."Eight first-person narrators give different versions of the same event. Lessons about the inner workings of the judicial system pale beside the insights into human nature. With pathos and a great deal of humor, Amy Goldman Koss keeps you turning pages....

Title : Poison Ivy
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ISBN : 9781596431188
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Number of Pages : 176 Pages
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Poison Ivy Reviews

  • Shelby
    2019-03-20 11:40

    i really did not like this book at was just dumb,i mean who really cares about you being bullied.alot of people i know are and they go talk to someone but they dont get it solved.

  • Jerrica
    2019-03-02 15:16

    One-dimensional cookie cutter characters, the story grabs you for a second and then forcefully lets you go. Short, but nothing sweet about it.

  • Moses
    2019-03-18 11:35

    Read it cover to cover in less than two hours. Koss has a gift for making icky characters semi-likeable (like the detached Ivy) through their personalities, and this really shines here. Marco plays probably the key role in the book, as he's the only one that tells it like it is. The 8-point perspective works effectively as we get backstories filled in, and other than Faith, they all add something to the plot and drive it along. Other than the amazingly disappointing ending, a nearly perfect book. In an year that has (so far) been a disappointment in terms of literature, Poison Ivy comes closest to nailing it.

  • Rekha
    2019-03-06 16:22

    Ivy (or "Poison Ivy" as she is called by her classmates) has been bullied at school for as long as anyone can remember. This year, her teacher, Ms. Gold, decides to stage a mock trial to showcase the legal system. The crime? Bullying. The defendant? A very unwilling Ivy. The palintiff? The lead bullies. The story is told through multiple characters' perspectives, and the result is a book just begging to be discussed. The ineffectual concern of adults and the power of social leverage are particularly striking.

  • Cassie Johnson
    2019-03-04 10:40

    I would really like to say I liked this book. It was well written, creative, a good idea overall. Unfortunately, I must agree with my school librarian in saying that the end ruined it for me. The entire book was entertaining and interesting. Until the end. I cannot accept that someone like Ivy would just accept the outcome. The kids in that class are ridiculous! They need to learn to care. They all knew Ann was guilty! Everyone knew it. They even had evidence. And still, they chose to completely ignore it all. Ick. It makes me sick how cruel and heartless those kids could be. And Daria? What's that girl's problem? She needs to grow a backbone. She's got the brains, she just needs to put them in action. I especially didn't like Marco's attraction to Ann. It was annoying to read about. I don't know. I just can't stand an ending that satisfies almost nobody. It's a terrible way to end a book.

  • Rakisha
    2019-03-11 11:18

    It takes a strong stomach for a bullying-victim to read a book about a bullying-victim seeking justice, but I zipped through this book once I got over my flashbacks. An over-zealous teacher forces Ivy to bring a mock civil suit against her tormentors in order to demonstrate the legal system to the middle-school's third period American Government class. Told from the varying perspectives of the students, we gain insight into the personalities of the studnets who range from the geek to the jock to the wise acre. We also get a startling peek into the psyches of the accused bullies. Each character is fleshed out without sympathy and the outcome of the book is surprising. This would be the perfect book for a tween/teen book club or reluctant readers.

  • Jen
    2019-03-27 14:25

    An interesting look at bullying -- a mock trial is dreamed up by a suprisingly ineffectual/non-sympathetic social studies teacher, and students shuffle along going through the motions in this short book. The ending was very abrupt, and the whole book felt like it was revealing just the tip of an iceberg as far as characters and circumstances were concerned. You really got the feeling of being a partial observer, which was frustrating at times but very effective within the context of the story. A great book for class or small group discussion, for sure.

  • Lesley
    2019-03-19 11:42

    Not for faint of heart: when bullying girls' voices are heard, they're remorseless; mock trial verdict confirms that not enough students will speak up for bullied girl for fear of reprisal; grim conclusion. But such a powerful book. Espcially good for class discussions. Kids will say they didn't like the book because they don't like that kids are like this (or they recognize themselves) and it's good to reflect further.

  • Jamie
    2019-03-13 16:18

    What I liked about this is that there is a way the reader wants it to end, and that it should end, but that isn't how it ends. It doesn't go where you think it is going. Which I think would make it very discussable.

  • Libby
    2019-03-11 08:20

    This book was horrible.

  • Emma Soderstrom
    2019-02-26 11:38

    Recently I read the book, Poison Ivy written by, Amy Goldman Koss. Poison Ivy is about a teenage girl named Ivy. Ivy has been bullied all of her life, it is so common to see Ivy getting picked on that the other kids don't even notice anymore. So when Ivy's third period American History teacher finds out, she decides to have a trial take place to see whether or not the "Evil Three" are liable. What drew me to pick up Poison Ivy was the name. I thought with a name like Poison Ivy, it had to be a good book. While reading the book, it made me "gain hope in humanity again" seeing justice being served, but in the end my happiness was crushed like a bug under shoe. The whole climax of the book was to see what he verdict would be, and by the time I had finished the book I was extremely disappointed. It was like the reading equivalent to waiting in line for four hours to get on a rollercoaster, and it getting shut down right as you're next in line.I would most likely not recommend Poison Ivy as a good book to read. Unless you just absolutely want to be disappointed. You either love this book or hate it, if you're like me, you won't like it so much.

  • Lynette Pitrak
    2019-03-09 12:40

    "Since fourth grade, Ivy, cruelly nicknamed "Poison Ivy", has been mercilessly bullied. When the middle school American Government teacher discovers a deeply depressing poem written by Ivy, she decides to create a mock trial where Ivy's three most brutal tormentors are confronted with their actions. Other students act has the lawyers and jury, but will any of them be brave enough to tell the truth?" (Annotation created for my booklist "25 Books about Teens and Bullying)

  • Nadine
    2019-03-08 16:19

    #bullying A somewhat strange book about a mock trial in a classroom for a bunch of bullies told by alternate viewpoints.Warning - there is no happy ending and one is left with the feeling that it's sad that justice is not done and that the teacher didn't intervene - I'm sure the author via the teacher was trying to "show not tell" a lesson here, but I'm not sure how sophisticated students would have to be to "get it"

  • Sophie
    2019-03-26 08:15

    I breezed right through it. The characters were shallow and it was entertaining but wasn’t the best book written. The plot had some holes and was confusing at times. It depicted the truth of bullying in schools and how sometimes it is all a popularity contest. If you want a quick and easy read this is the book for you. But is was cute and not too bad of a book

  • Margo
    2019-03-20 09:23

    If your a sucker for a good ending, do not read this book. The ending is unexpected, but it shows the world in a harsh light and how, if you don't stand up for someone, tyranny will continue being ruled.

  • Ivy
    2019-02-25 10:40

    It wasn't uninteresting but I wasn't invested in it where I felt like I needed to know what will happen next. I do like that the ending wasn't predictable.

  • Caroline Parrott
    2019-03-20 12:30

    I really enjoyed it but at some points it was confusing

  • Maryann
    2019-03-14 11:29

    Much like Jen Bryant’s Ringside 1925: Views From The Scopes Trial, this book tells the same story from the viewpoint of eight narrators that each have a distinctive voice. The setting is a middle-school classroom where three bullies are put on trial for picking on Ivy, calling her Poison Ivy. The government teacher decides that having a mock trial will be a good learning experience, so she assigns a prosecutor, a defense attorney, a judge, a court reporter, a process server and jurors. Marcus, who was hoping to have a major role in the trial, has to settle for being an alternate juror, and he seems to be the only one, besides the teacher, who really cares that the trial proceeds as it should. Ivy doesn’t seem to care, sitting at her desk and idly plucking at the fuzzballs on her sweater. The defense attorney, Daria, is terrified of the whole process. She is disappointed that the teacher did not excuse her based on her extreme shyness. “Other handicaps are treated with consideration and respect.”On some levels Daria is the typical “timid mouse” character, but some descriptions make a real emotional connection to a reader who may have been a bit timid in school. When contemplating her opening statement, Daria thinks, “I’d feel ridiculous standing up there, trying to talk phony legal-speak in front of everyone. The thought sucked the breath right out of my body.”Of the three bullies, Ann is the leader and she comes across in the book as the typical boss of the clique, alternating between using her beauty and popularity to influence the proceedings. The reluctance of many of the students to testify against her illustrates her power, as well as the fact that many teens are indifferent to the bullying of others and just happy that someone else is getting bullied. Amy Goldman Koss is the author of a number of books for young readers including, Side Effects, The Cheat, The Girls, and many more. She has a keen sense of humor and an ability to clearly define teenage characters that young readers can identify with. While this book does not have the depth of Ringside when it comes to addressing the social issues, it is an entertaining and often humorous look at a slice of teenage living that unfortunately hasn’t changed in centuries.

  • Rachael
    2019-03-09 08:36

    Ivy has always been taunted and cruelly treated by others, especially The Evil Three, better known as the popular girls Ann, Benita, and Sophie. But for how aloof Ivy acts, no one can really tell how much this bullying affects her, if it does at all. Enter in Ms. Gold, teacher of third hour American Government class, desperate for some conflict so she can hold an in-class trial. It seems that justice will finally be served when Ivy’s problem is chosen, because everyone is aware of how Ann and her friends ridicule Ivy at every chance they get, but is anyone actually brave enough to tell the truth and risk Ann’s social wrath? Daria, Ivy’s lawyer may mean well but is much too deathly shy to make a difference; Wayne, practically the only student who cares about the legal process, is just one jury member; and honest Marco is only another. The odds are stacked up. Who will be brave enough to tell the truth?Poison Ivy provides an interesting peek into the workings of high school students through a very unique government lesson. I enjoyed Koss’s presentation of the story, through a series of interviews because it gave perspectives from all the key players in the pseudo-trial, and a few more. However, I thought only two characters, Marco and Wayne provided the most important content; Marco told the truth, and Wayne gave the moral of the story. The rest was all entertainment, not completely necessary but amusing all the same. It was disappointing how stereotypical characters like Daria and Ann were, and the not confrontational nature of much of the class foreshadowed the ending, eliminating most suspense value this novel could’ve had. Though I liked experiencing the mock trial with the class, I can’t say that Poison Ivy was outstanding in any way.Social science buffs and lawyer-to-bes will enjoy the content of this novel. Readers looking for the blunt if harsh reality of some aspects of high school will also want to read Poison Ivy.reposted from

  • Rhabiya
    2019-02-27 12:26

    Honestly, the entire thing was really confusing and ended up going NOWHERE. The synopsis I read on the Barnes & Noble Teen Book Blog made it sound so much more interesting than it is. I was expecting at least some sort of justice or real effort from the prosecutor. Daria's issues were never really explained and it all just left me disappointed and confused. Ivy's attitude towards the entire thing was very rude, I mean I know you didn't exactly want your dirty laundry aired in front of your history class, but your teacher is trying to help you and you just sit there and make no effort to help your lawyer. Ann's POV was extremely obnoxious and irritating, I wanted to punch her through the pages and I am honestly really peeved by the fact that I spent money to read this. Overall, totally not worth the read unless you like being confused and thoroughly disappointed by the end. I also didn't really like the fact that Ms.Gold just kind of let them all run wild. Like the students didn't take the trial seriously at all and I have actually done a mock trial before for my forensics class and we took that thing SERIOUSLY. Like, these girls have bullied the absolute crap out of Ivy for years and you know they did it! You KNOW IT and they know it and yet they get away with it for what reason? I understand why it was written the way it was: to make it more realistic and have some of the student's accounts of what happened but I honestly think it would have been better if it wasn't written like this, for one, and the end had something that didn't make you want to throw the book out a window. Like, the end completely killed the book for me, and I'll be honest, I was in it to finish it and see something really happen and I got to the end and was seriously disappointed. It ends how you're kind of expecting it to, but I was hoping for a twist, but I guess that's just how high school works, you get all excited at the beginning, the middle is a build up to the end and then senior year is just a giant ball of stress, deadlines and disappointment when nothing cool happens.

  • Gaisce
    2019-03-02 15:19

    When a girl who has been bullied for years decides to bring the three tormenters to their government class for a trial, the case exposes the frailties of justice when the class is made to participate.The good: with short chapters and easy to understand language, this is a good book for reluctant readers who find the premise intriguing. It's a fast read, more middle grade fare with YA subject matter. The set up premise makes sense as well. Victimized Ivy never really makes herself sympathetic and is mostly passive, which helps in setting up the reasonableness of how this longstanding abuse has gone on and why so many classmates turn a blind eye to it. The chapters alternate between different POVs, showing how the personal desires and motivations can interfere with truthful findings.The bad: for those who wanted a more nuanced or complex story hinted from the premise, you will find the set up promising but most of the characters behind them as one-note: the space case, the painfully shy one, the self-preservationist, the upstanding serious one. The plot hinges on a lot of failures of the kids, who are either ineffective or sycophantic (and the only one who takes it seriously sounds too much like an adult to be realistic, not to mention being conveniently removed from pulling a Twelve Angry Men with the jury pool). The continued sham of a trial compiles these problems, bringing with it a suspension of disbelief that never holds enough sympathy or character development to bring about a satisfactory resolution, guilty or innocent.

  • Sps
    2019-03-23 15:16

    While pretty vague about the bullying incidents, the book also had more realistic, explicit language than I expected it to have. The only word you can't say on the radio was 'tit', and that was in reference to a dog, but for a non-swearing book it did fairly well on the way-teens-actually-talk front. In fact the characterizations of teenagers were well done overall. Despite falling into recognizable types, Koss gave them life with their differentiated voices, enough family background (for some characters) to see whereof they came, and believable teenage values and concerns. Adults, on the other hand, were poorly drawn. Possibly with the exception of Marco's dad, the most sympathetic adult in the book, none seemed believable. Ivy's mom--though I've seen needy, clueless adults--seemed like a teen's invention of a needy, clueless adult. Teachers who use 'dear' with their students have an entirely different style than Ms. Gold. C- work there, Amy Goldman Koss. Two other irritants in the book were Ivy's constant fish metaphors and similes, which felt overdone, and the way that Daria's love interest doesn't seem to have changed her. We're hearing the story after both the court and the love-interest business happened, yet we get no hint that anything major has happened for Daria. (Unless I'm misinterpreting the timing and the various depositions are supposed to be play-by-play, not recollections after the fact.) I would definitely give this to 5th-to-9th-grader who likes The Clique or contemporary mean-girl school stories.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-07 10:39

    We've all had one of those class project assignments where you learn through the process rather than just reading a textbook and taking a test. Ms. Gold has decided that rather than have her American Government class merely read about the workings of the judicial system, they will actually participate in a mock civil trial. After poking and prodding to find an complaint, Ms. Gold discovers that Ivy has been the "victim" of bullying for years at the hands of three popular girls. These "mean girls" become the defendants in the case while other students are chosen at random to serve a judge, jury, lawyers, etc. Will justice be served and will Ivy finally receive the apology she deserves and be left alone? Or will the intended lesson be lost on a group of teens who aren't prepared for such a major lesson in compassion and fairness?While the premise of the book was good, it didn't seem like there was any resolution. I enjoyed the different perspectives and the length would appear to a reluctant reader. However, it just ended after the verdict. There was no followup as to what the students had learned about the judicial system and/or how Ivy was treated (or continued to be mistreated) afterward. It also would have been nice to hear the perspective of Ms. Gold, especially since the students didn't appear to have much respect for her and it didn't appear that she prepared them for all that was involved in the assignment.

  • Brandy
    2019-03-01 10:17

    Since she was 9 and moved to this town, Ivy has been bullied by her classmates. Ann, Sophie, and Benita have been calling her "Poison Ivy" for so long, she doesn't even think of herself as just plain Ivy anymore. Now things have come to a head, and their Government teacher kicks off a mock civil trial, bringing the Evil Three up on charges. Students are chosen as lawyers, judges, jury, and other positions, the trial commences. If the Evil Three are found liable for the harassment, they'll need to apologize in writing and leave Ivy alone. But their liability hinges on Ivy's lawyer's ability to prove what everyone knows.This is really more about the trial--and mistrial--and the quest for justice than it is the bullying, but it's still a worthwhile conversation-starter. I'll be including it in my short list of Potential Titles for 8th Grade Summer Reading.[Warning: there are THREE bad words in the book, and I'll confess they're gratuitous--a kid called "pin-dick," plus one "ass" and one "dick." Not an issue to me, but the middle school administration might feel differently.]

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-26 16:20

    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.comIvy has been teased and bullied every day since the fourth grade by three very popular girls at school.Ms. Gold wants to have a mock trial in her government class. She decides that Ivy should sue the evil three.All Ivy wants is an apology and to be left alone.Told through eight different voices, this book is about the trial. Not only is Ivy a victim, but we also are told the story of Daria, the painfully shy student who ends up representing Ivy in the trial even though she doesn't want to.What I had a hard time with was the indifference of the bystanders, those who see the abuse every day but decide they can't or won't do anything about it. I also had a hard time with the teacher, who delights in seeing her students squirm.But I believe that bullies need to be stood up to - and not only by the victim, but by all of society. This illustrates the fact that when kids see bullying done to others they also need to stand up for what is right and not let them get away with it.POISON IVY, I believe, is an important book which should be read in junior high and discussed in classrooms across the United States.

  • Melvina
    2019-03-12 11:23

    This book wasn't that interesting and amazing as everyone else was telling me. In my opinion I didn't really like this book all that much. A girl named Ivy is a regular girl going to school and learning. Things are terrible for her at that school barley anyone likes her. These three girls keep bullying and bothering Ivy. She decides to write a letter to get her feelings out of them but the teacher see's it and is terrified and shocked. Ms.Gold (the teacher) decides to have a trial since they are bullying. Everyone hates the idea of it and everyone blames it on Ivy. They have a trial and fix things out in the end. To me I thought it was a amazing thing that instead of using guns or fighting to get there problem solved they had a trial to solve the problem. This book wasn't that fascinating but it sure showed a lesson. When your being bullied solving the problem isn't with a gun or starting a fight it's telling the teacher or an adult so that person can help you and you won't even get hurt.

  • Peyton H
    2019-02-27 11:17

    Would you have a debate about someone who's bullying you? Probably not, but Ivy will Ms.Gold her government teacher, taking the problem into her own hands she sets up the debate.You will hear this story in eight different perspectives,will the bullies learn from their mistakes or continuing there ruthless ways. The eight different views on the story is a great way for you to see things from someone else's view. Ivy just wants this bullying to stop it has been happening ever since fourth grade. She just wants to have a normal life where everyday she dosent have to get bullied.What side will you pick ? theme: The theme of the story is don't let someone drag you down.There will always be that person in life that will tell you that you can't do it. Don't let that person destroy your dreams. Shoot for the stars and if you miss you will land among the stars,these people are the ones that believe that they can do it. Those other people are the ones that don't have dreams they can chase like you.

  • Maya
    2019-03-11 12:22

    This book is about a girl in middle school named Ivy, who no one really likes. Three girls (The Evil Three) tease Ivy so badly it drives her to tears and she hates school. They called her Poison Ivy, and the name stuck so now everyone calls her Poison Ivy.The Evil Three are in government class together with Poison Ivy, and as soon as the teacher, Mrs Gold, figures out that they are teasing Ivy, she makes the whole class go through a fake, in class, court room session, with Ivy as the prosecutor and the evil three as the defendants. In the end, the evil three's popularity takes over and the jury decides that they are not guilty. They continue on teasing Ivy! This is why I think that this book is a complete waste of time, and if I could I would give it no stars. I really didn't like that this book gives away the idea that you can hurt someone physically or verbally, (which this book shows both of) and get away with it. I would not recommend this book.

  • Alicia
    2019-03-08 11:28

    The abuse is the very talked about bullying that goes on in schools across the country. Poison Ivy (real name Ivy) who has been bullied in school rants in a letter her teacher discovers. So, to make American Government more interesting, she decides to put on trial the three girls who bully Ivy. Told from alternating points of views of different kids in the school, it's a very watered-down story of the judicial system (as teenagers see it), complete with mean girls, dumb jocks, Einstein's, and the peanut gallery. The only saving grace was the somewhat apt imagery of fish-- as Ivy describes her life in school swimming around, upstream, downstream, etc. Funny and oddball. It's short and sweet, like The Girls (also about bullying), easy to read, and discusses government and the courts, which could be used in class.

  • Kristi
    2019-03-01 11:31

    This book is categorized as YA, but the entire time I was reading it I kept thinking it read like an MG novel trying too hard to be YA. If you took out all the curse words and hormone-induced references you'd have a decent start for an MG novel. I suppose it's a good transitional book.To be honest, I really didn't get it. The premise for this novel sounded really intriguing and I was really looking forward to reading it, but I felt super let-down. Mrs. Gold came across as a terrible teacher. The idea of having this trial was humiliating for the characters and for any reader who's ever been through middle school or high school- which is probably everyone who's read or going to read this book. The one good thing, was the voices were believable. I loved the students. There was so much potential here, but it ended up falling flat.