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Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

Book Summary

Ida B has been home-schooled ever since her first two weeks of kindergarten.  She loves the outdoors, has names for the apple trees, and frequently goes out to talk to the brook.  A big change in Ida B's family sends her back to school, and even worse, some of her family's land must be sold, and some beloved trees are chopped down. Ida B decides she needs a new plan to keep her heart from breaking completely. 

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Ida B

Book Review

If you've ever run away from home and imagined how much everyone will miss you and how sorry they'll be when you're gone, or if you've ever felt so much pain you imagine that no one else on the planet can fully appreciate it, you already know Ida B.  In addition to seeing the world through imaginative eyes, Ida B has impressive vocabulary and expresses herself with poetic precision.  Watching her make mistakes as she deals with others isn't easy, but we've all been there. Ida B's love for life is contagious.

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This seems too good to be true, said the voice in my head that sees all of those presents on Christmas day and knows that some of them are socks and underwear wrapped up in pretty boxes.  p. 56

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Open-Mindedness
  • Conformity vs. Individualism
  • Environmental Activism
  • Family Emergencies
  • Homeschooling
  • Intense Emotions

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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