by Katherine Hannigan
Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
Category: Of Interest to Girls
Personal Evaluation: 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. I think any kid (or adult, for that matter) who has had something traumatic happen to them (or a loved one) 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 also a couple of really touching scenes with Ida B and her father.
What might interest children: It seems like cancer is everywhere these days. Many cases do not result in death, but for those that do, Ida may be a comforting friend to a child suffering this particular sort of loss – or even any loss of parent or loved one.