22. February 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Ida B. . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World by Katherine Hannigan, 246 pages, read by Angie, on 02/21/2012

Ida B is very happy with her life. She lives on her ranch with her mom and dad. She talks to the trees and the brook and they are the only friends she needs. She is homeschooled because school just didn’t work out for her. And life is perfect. Then one day her momma gets sick and everything changes. Her daddy has to sell part of the ranch and part of her trees are gone. And worse yet she has to go to public school. Ida B thinks her life is in ruins and she hardens her heart to everything around her: her parents, the trees, her teacher, the kids at school…nothing can break through. She is in a very dark and sad place. But little by little things begin to to chip away at the shell she has created around herself and she learns that even though things have changed and it will never be the perfect life she had before life can be good again. This is a book about maturing and facing life as it comes. Ida B has to do a lot of growing up in this book. She has to face some hard truths about life and herself. In the end she comes out of it in a good place and starts living a positive life again.

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