Ida B

by Katherine Hannigan

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars.

Holy cow.  This is about the saddest book I have ever read.  It starts out happy-go-lucky and you really adore Ida B and then, with just a little foreshadowing, WHAM!  You are sucked into her shattering 9-year-old world.  Her mother is diagnosed with cancer and with the treatments Ida B’s parents are no longer able to home school her and send her back to the evil school (she attended for two days in kindergarten).   I think any kid (or adult, for that matter) who has had something traumatic happen to them, and felt their world turn upside down, will relate to Ida B.  I pretty much sobbed my way through this book, which was unfortunate because I mostly tried to read it during my lunch hours.

One other thing I loved were the parts about how she feels about the earth and how she connects to her family’s land and trees and brook.  There are a couple of really touching scenes with Ida B and her father.  Enjoy – but keep a box of Kleenex handy!

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