Ida B ~ Katherine Hannigan

Ida B by Katherine Hannigan

Ida B. Applewood believes there is never enough time for fun.

That's why she's so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brook.

Then some not-so-great things happen in her world. Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body-Cramping, Mind-Numbing, Fun-Killing Torture -- school. She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stone.

How can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just-about perfect again?

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awards and commendations

2004 Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) -- Gold (Winner)

2005 Children's Book Committee Award -- Fiction (Winner)

2005 Society of Midland Authors Award -- Children's Fiction (Winner)

2004 Booklist -- Starred Review (*)

2004 Kirkus Review - Children -- Starred Review (*)

2004 School Library Journal -- Starred Review (*)

2005 Book Sense Book of the Year Award -- Children's Literature (Honor Book)

2005 Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award -- Children's Literature (Honor Book)

2006 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award -- Grades 4-6 (Nominee)

2006 Charlotte Award -- Intermediate (Nominee)

2006 Grand Canyon Reader Award -- Intermediate (Nominee)

2006 Land of Enchantment Book Award -- Children's (Nominee)

2006 North Carolina Children's Book Award -- Junior Book (Nominee)

2006 Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award -- Grades 3-6 (Nominee)

2006 South Carolina Childrens, Junior and Young Adult Book Award -- Children's (Nominee)

2006 Sunshine State Young Reader's Award -- Grades 3-5 (Nominee)

2006 Volunteer State Book Award -- Grades 4-6 (Nominee)

2007 California Young Reader Medal -- Intermediate (Nominee)

2007 Colorado Children's Book Award -- Junior Novel (Nominee)

2007 Golden Sower Award -- Intermediate (Nominee)

2007 Keystone to Reading Book Award -- Intermediate (Nominee)

2007 Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award -- Grades 3-5 (Nominee)

2007 Massachusetts Children's Book Award -- Children's Book (Nominee)

2007 Nevada Young Readers' Award -- Young Readers (Nominee)

2007 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award -- Grades 4-8 (Nominee)

2007 Virginia Readers Choice Award -- Elementary (Nominee)

2007 William Allen White Childens Book Award -- Grades 3-5 (Nominee)

2007 Young Hoosier Book Award -- Intermediate (Nominee)

2007 Young Reader's Choice Award -- Junior/Grades 4-6 (Nominee)

2008 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award -- Grades 3-5 (Third Place)

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Aug-2004 (hardcover)

Jan-2007 (paperback)

246 pages

time period


age level

Kids (12 & Under)

Kids: Picture Books

Ages:01 & up


General Fiction


Family - General

Lifestyles - Farm Life & Ranch Life

Social Issues - General

Social Issues - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance