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Ida B

and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B
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  • First Published:
    Aug 2004, 256 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2007, 256 pages

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A story of growth and adaptation filled with remarkable characters. Ages 9 to 12

Comment: Ida B lives an idyllic life on her parents farm where she is home schooled, leaving her with plenty of time to spend with her own thoughts and to talk with her friends, the apple trees in the orchard.  However, her apparently secure world is undermined when her mother undergoes treatment for cancer. 

While her mother is in hospital there is no one at home to look after her so Ida must start attending 4th grade at the local school (which she is determined not to enjoy); in addition, financial pressures cause the family to sell off part of their land, including an orchard that she's particularly fond of.  Ida B, convinced that she can no longer trust anyone, especially not her parents who, in her ...

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