Ida B, published in 2004, has a gentle and flowing style. Any child (or adult) who has encountered change (and who hasn't?) will understand Ida B's plight as well as her heart. Specifically geared for ages nine and up, Hannigan's use of voice captures the reader.
The premise: Ida B, a happy fourth grader, is homeschooled and lives with her parents on a family-owned apple orchard. When her mother becomes very ill, Ida B's parents sell part of the orchard and send Ida B to public school. Ida B's parents broke promises and her perfect life falls apart.
What keeps readers reading: The story's point of view. Because the story is told directly through Ida B, readers are allowed entrance to her heart. We know exactly why Ida B feels as she does, and we find ourselves in Ida B. When she makes a mistake, we say, "I've done that." When she learns, so do we. With grace and elegance, Katherine Hannigan, leads readers through a broken-hearted girl's struggles with her parents, her school, and her new life.
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