Discover Exactly Where You’re Meant to Be + GIVEAWAY!

NOTE: This post is sponsored by Candlewick Press.

In Meant to Be by Jo Knowles, Ivy loves living in Applewood Heights, the apartment complex her family moved into after losing their house. It’s smaller, but Ivy loves that her friends Lucas and Alice are always around to watch their favorite baking show together and then heading to the kitchen to whip up their own version of the winning recipe. She loves meeting the other tenants in the building and swapping ingredients and stories with them and the sense of community in the building. Her older sister, Rachel, misses the way life used to be and is having trouble settling into their new space – or lack of it, and is upset about having to share a room.

Even though Ivy is settling in nicely doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. In fact, things are getting pretty tough. From her family’s financial struggles to disagreements with Alice and Lucas, things are pretty complicated, and as a worrier, Ivy is left feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure of how to mend her friendships. What do you say to your friends to make things right after saying the completely wrong thing?

Book Cover for Meant to Be by Jo Knowles

In a companion to Where the Heart Is, the lens turns to younger sister Ivy as she fields the joys and pitfalls of new friendship, hones her passion for baking, and resists the idea of change.

Ivy loves living in Applewood Heights. The family’s apartment is tiny, and her older sister, Rachel, won’t stop grumbling about sharing a room after their old house was lost to foreclosure. But for the first time, Ivy has friends. Lucas and Alice live close by, and every week all three watch their favorite cooking show and practice baking together (even if Ivy has to find creative substitutes for the pricey ingredients). But Ivy is a worrier, and this summer there’s plenty to be anxious about. Her parents can’t wait to move to a bigger, nicer place, which is the last thing Ivy wants. Then Alice receives devastating news, and Ivy somehow manages to say just the wrong thing. Will Alice ever stop being mad at her?

Ivy finds much-needed reassurance, and a boost of confidence, when she starts working with the building superintendent, who teaches her how to fix things. Ivy has a natural talent, but she comes to realize that some things–like hurt feelings–are harder to fix than others. Luckily, Ivy is pretty good at making up her own recipes as she goes along. In an honest, hopeful companion to Where the Heart Is, Jo Knowles puts quirky, tenacious Ivy in the spotlight–as she tries to figure out exactly where she’s meant to be.

Meant to Be
AUTHOR: Jo Knowles
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
DATE: April 12, 2022

To keep herself distracted, she starts spending time with Donnalyn, the building’s superintendent, who’s noticed Ivy’s knack for fixing things and takes her under her wing. But no matter how much Donnalyn shows her, she’ll have to learn for herself that hurt feelings are much harder to fix than old bikes and broken lightbulbs and that sometimes people don’t always want help looking on the bright side.

Sound like your kind of read? You’re in luck because Meant to Be is actually a companion story to Where the Heart Is, the author’s other novel that focuses on Ivy’s older sister Rachel and their life before moving into Applewood Heights. We think you’ll love this heartwarming story about navigating friendships, embracing change, and growing up. Both books are total must-reads that you need on your shelf, which is why we teamed up with our friends at Candlewick Press for a giveaway! In addition to a copy of Where the Heart Is and Meant to Be, one lucky winner will receive a prize pack inspired by Ivy’s passion for baking, so you can follow your own baking dreams at home!

Ready to enter? Grab your favorite adult and have them enter below for your chance to WIN!

Meant to Be Giveaway:

Prize graphic for Meant to Be giveaway featuring all of the prizes included in the prize pack. Fully detailed prize list, entry form, and rules detailed below this image.


ONE lucky winner will receive a Meant to Be Prize Pack that includes:
– ONE (1) copy of Meant to Be by Jo Knowles
– ONE (1) copy of Where the Heart Is by Jo Knowles
– ONE (1) set of Meant to Be Measuring Cups
– ONE (1) set of Silicone Cooking Utensils from COOK WITH COLOR
– ONE (1) set of Colorful Baking Cups from Wilton
– ONE (1) DIY-Lish Gummy Cupcake Decorating Kit from Wilton
*Prizes provided by Candlewick Press & YAYOMG!


Grab a parent or guardian and have them fill out the form below by May 12, 2022 at 11:59pm ET.

Giveaway runs from 04/12/22 at 10:00 am ET through 05/12/22 at 11:59 pm. Open to US residents ONLY. Be sure to read the fully detailed rules HERE before entering.


You must be 18 or older to enter. Please, only ONE entry per person. If selected as a winner, we will provide your parent/guardian with an affidavit to confirm that you are a valid winner who has permission to win. They will be REQUIRED to sign and return the affidavit to YAYOMG! to claim your prize. Prizes will not be mailed out without signed parental consent.

Ready to be swept away by this amazing read? Meant to Be is now available from Candlewick Press!

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