Ida B. (never call her just plain Idathats her mother) has been able to enjoy life at her own pace for the past five years, but suddenly her life is taking a turn for the worse. Her parents live on acres of land near the mountains and have several orchards, and believe that ordinary schooling stifles their child. But when Ida B.s mother gets cancer, everything has to change. Her father must sell some of the land to cover medical bills, and neither parent has the time anymore to do homeschooling, so Ida B. is sent to public school. There she resists enjoying herself and refuses to soften her heart to anyoneespecially her parents.
This book is a lot like the Judy Moody booksIda B. is a very likable character (with good character development) and her schemes and imagination are wonderful to experience. Her emotions are real and readers will feel the same things she is feeling as she goes through them. Overall this is a fabulous book with great descriptions and characters!