"The twin challenges of loving and being loved form the theme of another southern gem from the author of Me and Rupert Goody….O'Connor keeps the beautifully simple, colloquial third-person narration filtered tightly through Pearl, so the read encounters her emotions and her confusion directly."
"There is no happy ending and no message, just the heartrending drama of Pearl's struggle to change and search for home. Give this to fans of Katherine Paterson's classic The Great Gilly Hopkins."
"Moonpie and Ivy is a winner..."
"In this touching, emotionally honest novel by the author of Me and Rupert Goody, O'Connor's gritty descriptions of the characters and scenery not only vividly evoke the environment as Pearl experiences it; they show that neither the people nor the place need be perfect to be a whole lot better than what Pearl's used to."