Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World Audiobook | Katherine Hannigan | Audible.com
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Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World | [Katherine Hannigan]

Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World

Ida B. Applewood is a fourth grader like no other, living a life like no other, with a voice like no other, and a family like no other, and her story will resonate long after this audiobook has ended. 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.
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Ida B. Applewood is a fourth grader like no other, living a life like no other, with a voice like no other, and a family like no other, and her story will resonate long after this audiobook has ended. 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. triumphs...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, author Katherine Hannigan and Ida B. Applewood.

©2004 Katherine Hannigan; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"Ida B. is a true character in every sense of the word. Through a masterful use of voice, Hannigan's first-person narration captures an unforgettable heroine with intelligence, spirit, and a unique imagination....This book begs to be read aloud." (School Library Journal)
"Hannigan gets it down brilliantly." (Booklist)

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    Bettie Dexter, MI, USA 09-20-04
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    "Ida B - what a charmer!"

    I loved this story! Ida B is a 4th grader with a unique and imaginative view of her perfect world. But perfect doesn't last and Ida B must learn to cope with big changes. The author lets us inside Ida B's head and what a delightful view it is. A story not to be missed!

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    Sabra SPRINGTOWN, TX, United States 03-26-14
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    "I LOVE Ida B!!!!"
    What about Lili Taylor’s performance did you like?

    I have read this one before to my 3rd graders and she sounded exactly like I imagined!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! It is one of my all-time favorites!


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    "Beautiful Story that makes me laugh and cry"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World to be better than the print version?

    Lili Taylor does such a fantastic job of narrating that it is hard to imagine reading it at this point. I laugh and I cry at this book. I have heard it 3 or 4 times. We will listen to it when we are doing a road trip. Right now my 5 year old and I are listening to it on our 1/2 hour drive to school in the mornings. A lot of the nuances are lost on my daughter who is only 5, but she loves the independence and imagination that Ida B shares. I find myself driving with tears running down my cheeks and I try not to look back at my daughter so that she doesn't see me with "Joys of tears" as she likes to say.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ida B...and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World?

    I love the slow melting of Ida B's hardend heart by her grade school teacher over the course of a number of months. It makes me appreciate what a great teacher can bring to a child going through hard times.


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