BOOK NAME: Ida B….and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster and (possibly) Save the World
AUTHOR: Katherine Hannigan
This is an awesome book! I really liked it because it was about a girl in 4th grade, just like me. Ida B. lives on a farm that has an orchard and she has a feeling that she can talk to nature and understand it.
It is only her second year in public school, even though she is in 4th grade. She went to kindergarten in public school, but was home schooled in grades 1, 2 and 3. She’s not very happy about going back to a public school. She felt like her heart had turned into a black stone with pointy edges on it. She had to go back to public school because her mom got sick and couldn’t teach her anymore. Her family also had to sell some of the orchard to pay for the doctors to help her mom.
A girl from her class moved into the house that was part of the orchard that they sold. Ida B. is not happy about the people moving in next door because they cut down part of the orchard. Ida B. thought of the trees in the orchard as her friends. So, she does a lot of stuff to try to scare them from building or moving in next door. She did things like make signs with scary pictures, put rubber snakes and bugs in their yard and other stuff to scare them away. But, much to Ida B.’s surprise, the new family thought it was a big joke and weren’t scared away at all.
This book was really good because Ida B. is pretty tricky and a lot of fun and the book describes her adventures. You’ll have to read it to see if she keeps her friends in the orchard.