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Ida B

Ida B

Fall 2004 Fiction
Ages: 9 - 12 yrs.
Author: Katherine Hannigan
ISBN: 0060730242
Hardcover Price: $15.99
Review:
Ida B. is serenely happy at home; she is so attuned to the natural world that she names the tress in the apple orchard and communes with them. When she first goes to school, and her spirit is assaulted by the local kindergarten teacher, her parents decide to homeschool her for the next four years. But then disaster, foretold by the old tree, strikes and Ida B. again is sent to public school. Her mother's breast cancer is so threatening that Ida B. hardens her heart against the entire world - including her loving parents.

In this stellar first novel, author Katherine Hannigan explores the fears of a child that can isolate her form those she loves most. The author reveals the extreme pain that causes the unhappy child to lash out in cruel ways. Story books, an understanding new teacher, and unconditional love provide a path back from the abyss for this wonderful young protagonist.

Kemie Nix   ©2004 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.


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