|aNew York : |bAtheneum Books for Young Readers, |c2009, c2008.
|a355 p. ; |c21cm.
|aReprint. Originally published: 2008.
|aIn mid-nineteenth-century London, destitute Ivy, whose main asset is her red hair, comes to the attention of a painter of the pre-Raphaelite school who, with the connivance of her family, is determined to make her his model and muse
Ivy, the youngest in a family of thieves, con artists, and roustabouts, seems destined for an unhappy fate--until she and her brother are plucked from their surroundings by a charitable benefactor and sent to school. From the scams of the slums, where Ivy develops an unfortunate taste for laudanum, to the gardens of the most talented artists of the age, where Ivy's striking hair and incandescent eyes propel her into a career as a model, Ivy is a story of nineteenth-century sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.