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"Ida loves her life. She loves her family's orchard, she loves talking to her favorite trees, she loves being creative, and she loves being homeschooled. But when her mother gets sick, a lot of things have to change. Filled with anger, Ida decides to harden her heart so she can't be hurt again... ever.This beautifully written, moving book will speak to anyone who has ever struggled with the idea of change."— Meghan G.
Who is Ida B. Applewood? She is a fourth grader like no other, living a life like no other, with a voice like no other, and her story will resonate long after you have put this book down. How does Ida B cope when outside forces--life, really--attempt to derail her and her family and her future? She enters her Black Period, and it is not pretty. But then, with the help of a patient teacher, a loyal cat and dog, her beloved apple trees, and parents who believe in the same things she does (even if they sometimes act as though they don't), the resilience that is the very essence of Ida B triumph...and Ida B. Applewood takes the hand that is extended and starts to grow up.
This first novel is both very funny and extraordinarily moving, and it introduces two shining stars--Katherine Hannigan and Ida B. Applewood.