Ida B. Applewood's perfect life is crushed when she is forced to go to public school during her fourth grade year--where fun is scarce and the teacher gets to decide the entire plan for the day. Having been homeschooled, she has always been a planner in that she decides at the beginning of the day just how she will complete all of her tasks to ensure ample time for fun. Fourth grade in public school is not for Ida B., and she has a plan for how she can escape the unpleasant, joyless constraints of Ernest B. Lawson Elementary School. Ida B, by Katherine Hannigan, is the story of a girl's strong will to maintain her happy, fun-filled lifestyle.
Ida B. loves the outdoors, and she's happy to spend time with her trees and the brook on her family's orchard. As a kindergartner, she went to school for two weeks and three days. The strict rules and austere teacher made it hard for Ida B. to keep her personality, especially when the teacher insisted on calling her Ida, which is her mother's name. She is Ida B., the protector of the trees and friend of nature, and she quickly learned that school wasn't as fun as her parents had told her it would be.
It took less than three weeks for young Ida B. to convince her parents that school was not the place for her back when she was merely a kindergartner. Since then, her parents had homeschooled her, and she absolutely loved it because it maximized the time she can spend with fun activities such as sending letters down the brook as one would do with a message in a bottle. As she has to spend more time at school now as a fourth grader, her heart begins to shrink into a small, cold, black stone, but she knows she will be able to come up with a plan to free herself from the school--no matter what it takes.