Hi: I am a few-months-new member of this list. I've been homeschooling my
daughters, who are almost-eight and ten years old for about 1.5 years.
Before that they were in public school, bored and unhappy. I've never posted
on this list before, but always enjoy reading it.

I'm writing to ask if any of you have read a book titled Ida B by Katherine
Hannigan, and if so, what you thought. I read the book because my older dd
and I are in a mother-daughter book discussion group run by our public
library, and it is this month's book. We are the only homeschoolers in the

The main character, Ida B, is homeschooled and then has to return to public
school when her mother becomes ill with cancer. Most of the story deals with
her adjusting to returning to public school.

My daughter loves Ida B. She's getting a lot of mileage out of finding a
book featuring a child who is homeschooled and who is very imaginative. I
read it and was irritated. I'm still trying to discern exactly why I feel so
grumpy whenever I think about the book. The titles it reminds us of are the
Junie B Jones books (which we love!) and Because of Winn Dixie.

As the lone homeschoolers, I'm also anticipating being put on the spot and
am trying to think ahead. I've known the other book discussion group members
for a few years (we live in a small town) and they are a friendly bunch. I'm
not expecting hostile questions, just uninformed ones.

Best wishes, Cara B