That's why she's so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brook.
Then some not-so-great things happen in her world. Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body-Cramping, Mind-Numbing, Fun-Killing Torture—school. She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stone.
How can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just-about perfect again?
My Two Cents: Ida B is such a compelling character with such a darling, distinctive voice. I don't often re-read books (too many new ones to try!), but I read this one again. And it was every bit as funny and sweet and touching as the first time around. A great example of how kids can be kind and strong and vulnerable all at once.
Grade Level: 3-6
- Visit Katherine Hannigan's website, including this reading group guide for Ida B
- Ida B's dad tells her to take care of the earth. Learn ways you can help take care of the earth here.
- If Ida B were an apple, she'd be a McIntosh--"tangy with a thin skin." Check out this directory of apples and decide which kind you'd be and why. (Who knew there were so many?)
- Id B has some tricks for helping Ronnie remember his multiplication tables. Check out some more multiplication memory tricks here and here.
- One of the characters in this book has cancer but fights it really well. See how you can help the fight against cancer here and here.
- Another remarkable book about a kid making the change from home schooling to public schooling: Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- Another great middle grade pick by Ida B's author: True (...Sort Of) by Katherine Hannigan
- Another book about a girl who has to start school while her family is changing: Prairie Evers by Ellen Airgood