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

  • by Katherine Hannigan
  • Narrated by Lili Taylor
  • 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Bettie

Beautiful story, beautifully read

We fell in love with Ida B. Excellent narrator, too. Will look for more by this author/narrator.
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- Laney

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-02-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library